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Lowry emulates big brother with Leinster victory

Published 24/08/2015 | 02:30

While Shane Lowry (Pictured) stole the limelight with his victory at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, Alan was celebrating a major title all of his own
While Shane Lowry (Pictured) stole the limelight with his victory at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, Alan was celebrating a major title all of his own

August has been a good month for the Lowry family. While Shane stole the limelight with his victory at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, Alan was celebrating a major title all of his own.

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A two-shot win at the Mullingar Scratch Cup gave the younger Lowry his first big success. And he hardly had time to celebrate before Shane captivated the golfing world at Firestone.

But since then Alan has been in the winners' enclosure again. Representing Maynooth University, where the 22-year-old recently completed a degree in finance, Lowry holed the winning putt in the Leinster final of the AIG Insurance Senior Cup. It is the first time Maynooth have won the Leinster title.

"An All-Ireland would be really big for the university - it's one of the biggest tournaments (the Senior Cup) that the GUI have for teams so it would be great to win," said Lowry, who has been a member of the Paddy Harrington golf scholarship programme at Maynooth for the last four years.

In the Leinster final against Portmarnock, Lowry came to the 18th one-up against experienced campaigner John Greene. Unaware of what was happening elsewhere, Lowry didn't realise he had the decisive point within his grasp.

"Through nine holes we were dead and buried. We had one match up and I was all square and the other matches were down. We showed great character. We ended up winning two matches down 18 and one match on 16. Even the last match was won up on 18," said Lowry.

Wins for Stuart Grehan and Ronan Mullarney in the matches ahead of Lowry had left Maynooth one point from victory.

"I went down 18 one-up and I wasn't sure if it was to win. I knew we had won one match and lost one match," said Lowry. "I just tried to get my win. When I rolled in my putt the boys started going mad."

Lowry enjoyed team success earlier this summer when he was part of the Leinster side that won the Interprovincical Championship at Rosapenna.

An All-Ireland in September would evoke memories of Offaly's famous victory in the 1982 All-Ireland football final against Kerry. Brendan Lowry played corner-forward at Croke Park that day. This September, his youngest son will be chasing an All-Ireland medal at Carton House.

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