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Eddie Lowery (Character)
from The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)

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Edward Edgar Lowery (October 14, 1902 - May 4, 1984) was an American caddy, amateur golfer and businessman.

Lowery is best known as the 10-year-old caddy of Francis Ouimet during the 1913 U.S. Open held at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, which Ouimet won in a playoff over Harry Vardon and Ted Ray. An iconic photograph of Lowery and Ouimet striding down the fairway together is one of the most memorable in American golf history. It was used as the logo for the United States Golf Association's Centennial celebrations, appears on the cover of Mark Frost's account of the 1913 Open The Greatest Game Ever Played: Harry Vardon, Francis Ouimet, and the Birth of Modern Golf and inspired a memorial statue in Brookline.

Lowery and Ouimet remained life-long friends and when Ouimet died in 1967, Lowery was one of the pallbearers.

Lowery was the fifth child born in Newton, Massachusetts to John and Maria Lowery (ne Curran), who were Irish immigrants. He moved to San Francisco, California and championed the rising amateur careers of Ken Venturi (1964 U.S. Open Champion), Harvie Ward (1955 & 1956 U.S. Amateur Champion), and Tony Lema (1964 British Open Champion, among others. Lowery played at Lincoln Park in San Francisco. He died in 1984 in Riverside County, California.

He became a multi-millionaire as an auto dealer in San Francisco. He enjoyed sponsoring young amateur golfers, such as two of his employees: Venturi and Ward. In 1956, he arranged a match between these two amateurs and two golf pros, Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, a friendly four ball match at Cypress Point Club. The amateurs played a strong game but the pros took the match, 1-up. Venturi years later told a newspaper, "It was the best golf I've ever seen." This match was chronicled in depth in Mark Frost's 2007 book The Match.

Lowery also served on the Executive Committee of the United States Golf Association. His sponsorship of Harvie Ward led to problems, because Lowery had claimed certain disallowable business expenses for tax write-offs, and Ward, who had trusted Lowery's USGA expertise, had his amateur status revoked in 1957, at a time when he had won the previous two consecutive U.S. Amateur titles.

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