Mitch Lowney’s accomplished high school golf at Clarkston Everest Collegiate ended by claiming a prize he has longed for, winning his first Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 4 individual championship on June 7-8 at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University.
Lowney shot 147 to edge Clinton’s Austin Fauser and Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart’s Michael Zanoni by one stroke.
“Being a senior, I wanted to end on a good note,” Lowney told reporters. “Obviously, I wanted the team win, but a goal of mine was to win the individual state title and I knew I could do it. It was pretty intense out there at the end.”
Lowney carded a first-day 73 and then followed it up with a 2-over-par 74. He finished his round with eight consecutive pars.
“I played very smart,” Lowney said. “I hit driver a total of two times over the past two days, and I just played this course smart. I took my medicine when I did and played good overall.”
Ironically, Lowney placed runner-up to Fauser as a sophomore. He placed fifth a year ago.
“I’ve been in the mix a lot, and it feels good to actually get one,” Lowney said.
As a freshman and sophomore, Lowney’s Everest Collegiate won the Division 4 team championship and was runner-up in 2018. The Mountaineers finished fourth as a team this season.
Lowney also helped guide his team to four straight MHSAA regional championships during his career. He was individual regional champion the past three seasons.
The Mountaineers also earned three Catholic High School League Division 2 team championships and one runner-up finish the past four years. He was CHSL Division 2 individual champion this season as well.
Lowney will take his links talent to Trine University in the fall.