George Lowe

Full Name
George Low
Year of Birth
Year of Death
1934 (aged 78)
Place Born
Carmyllie, Angus, Scotland
Place Died
Victoria, Australia

After George’s wife Annie died in April 1919 he emigrated to Australia along with his eldest daughter, joining his son George Jr. who was the professional at Barwon Heads Golf Club. He then married Isabella Lane when he was 67; became Master of the local Masonic Lodge; was appointed a Justice of the Peace; took up bowls; and in his retirement grew vegetables and bred chickens.

Son of George and Susan Low (without an “e” at the end of the surname), George Lowe was born in the rural parish of Carmyllie, between the Angus towns of Arbroath and Forfar, and he moved with his family when he was eight years old to Carnoustie, where he quickly fell in love with the game of golf through caddying.

As a teenager, he became an apprentice clubmaker with Frank Bell at the Barry Links and he was there when Old Tom Morris arrived to extend the 10-hole course at Carnoustie to an 18-hole layout, though it’s said he wasn’t overly impressed with the lack of length in a number of the holes that the old master laid out.

George and his brothers – like many Carnoustie men before and after them – moved away from the town to seek fame and fortune within the golf profession. He had a short spell at Leven in Fife before moving to Hoylake in 1876 to apprentice as a club maker and assistant professional to Jack Morris, nephew of Old Tom Morris in St. Andrews.

His brother David moved to West Lancashire where he was the professional for 40 years. Another brother, William, emigrated to Australia but he soon returned to become the professional at Buxton in Derbyshire.

When the three brothers settled in England they all changed their name to Lowe but the fourth brother, James, remained in Scotland and kept the original spelling of his surname.

George represented Scotland in the first international match against England and he played in four Open Championships, with a tie for 6th as his best finishing position. He is credited with developing a matched set of irons that he patented in Great Britain in 1896 and the USA in 1899.

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18th Lancashire - Best in Area

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8th Cumbria - Best in Area

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George Lowe Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Greg Watson Courses Played 9
= Brian Ward Courses Played 9
= Steven Hulse Courses Played 9
4 Russell Lambert Courses Played 8
= Kevin Henley Courses Played 8
= Gary Harvey Courses Played 8
= Mike Howard Courses Played 8
= Paul Howard Courses Played 8
= Ed Battye Courses Played 8
10 Gary Ward Courses Played 7