Big Break Indian Wells Competitor
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
Current Residence: Charlotte, N.C.
Home Golf Course: Northstone Country Club
Profession: Professional Golfer; Mortgage Specialist
Will Lowery’s journey to play golf professionally was not the straight and narrow course that many competitors experience. Growing up in an urban community, he admits to starting out with the “wrong crowd,” and “initially going down the wrong path.” At the age of five, his father put a golf club in his hand as a way to teach him life lessons. Will had no idea of its value at the time.
As he grew older, he knew he had to do something positive in his life, and he focused on sports as a positive outlet.
“Growing up in the inner city, it was all about survival and looking out for one another,” said Will. “I saw the road that a lot of my friends were going down, and I chose to take a different path. I wanted to make something of myself. Make my family proud. Tennis, and later golf, were the outlets that allowed me to do that.”
Will excelled in competitive tennis during his teenage years. Golf was merely in the background until his senior year, when he started playing regularly and consistently beat more advanced players, all the while playing with a unique cross-handed grip.
“My father taught me how to swing the golf club and I chose to keep the cross-handed grip because it felt natural, said Will. “It was a result of all of my years playing tennis. I guess you can say that I’m playing golf by hitting backhand shots.”
After high school, Lowery focused full-time on golf. He also discovered a new passion, the desire to give back to others. Under the tutelage of chapter director, Vince King, he volunteers at The First Tee of Charlotte – teaching life lessons and core values on and off the golf course to youth of similar backgrounds.
“The First Tee has been such a rewarding experience for me,” said Will. “When I hear these kids say they want to be successful in life, it drives me to be the example they seek.
Will believes he has what it takes to compete on the PGA Tour. The opportunities, he says, just have not presented themselves. That all could change on Big Break Indian Wells.
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