Shaped By Tragedy, Justin Lower Plays For His Angels
Heartbreak has surrounded Justin Lower for most of his life.
At the 2018 Web.com Tour Championship, Lower was one putt away from earning his PGA Tour card, but he failed to hole an 8-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole and missed his card by $490. His good friend Jim Knous earned the final 25th spot via the Web.com Tour Finals.
“But it was nothing but positives to take away from it,” Lower reflected. “Honestly, I knew what it meant. The difference between a year back here (on the Web.com Tour) and a (PGA Tour) card, life could be much worse.”
Things were once much worse for Lower. Especially on March 26, 2005.
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As a child, being dropped off at the golf course over the weekend or on a summer day from sunup to sundown can be a dream come true. Moving from the practice range to the putting green with ease, before grabbing lunch and playing a few holes. Not a worry in the world.
No child believes that drop-off will be the last time they see their family members alive.
It was March 26, 2005 – the day before Easter – on a 60-degree spring day in Canal Fulton, Ohio.
Justin, then 15, and his 10-year-old brother, Chris, had just finished their bowling league earlier that morning. “He was a good bowler,” Justin recalled.
Tim, Chris and Justin Lower
At 10:36 a.m. – “It’s the time I saw when I got out of the car, and it just stands out in my mind,” Justin said – his father, Tim, and Chris dropped him off a...
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