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Farmingdale's Matt Lowe takes his third Nassau golf title

Farmingdale's Matt Lowe tees off on the 15th

Farmingdale's Matt Lowe tees off on the 15th hole at Bethpage Black during the 2011 Long Island team championships. (June 1, 2011) Credit: David Pokress

Farmingdale junior Matt Lowe won his third Nassau individual golf championship this week, shooting 4-under-par 68 at Bethpage Blue on Tuesday and 2-over 72 at Bethpage Red on Wednesday to finish with a two-day total of 140.

Lowe has played varsity golf since he was a seventh-grader and won his previous titles as an eighth-grader and a freshman.

Farmingdale coach John Berardi was especially happy to see Lowe win his third championship.

"He's such a good kid, it was a joy and a pleasure to watch him," Berardi said. "He's put a lot of time and effort in to get to this point. He's always working on his game."

Lowe will skip the state championship for the second year in a row because he will be playing in a U.S. Open qualifier.

"I wouldn't count him out at all," Berardi said. "He missed it by just four last year, and he's more mature this year."

In addition, Lowe helped lead Farmingdale to its fourth Nassau championship in the last five years with a team score of 770. Berardi said Kyle Brey, Alex Lowe, Matt Burnett, Jonathan Smalkin and Justin Henry were all instrumental in this year's win.

"This one was special, it was a total team effort," he said. "We lost last year by six shots, and for these guys to come back and keep on rolling the way they did was great. We got solid scores from all six spots."

The Dalers will face Smithtown East in the Long Island Championship on Wednesday at Bethpage Black at 10 a.m.

"We had a very good county championship, so we're very positive," Berardi said. "But Bethpage Black is a tough course and anything can happen in golf, so we're not overlooking anybody."

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