HOUSTON, TX Randy Lowry of Spring fired a 7-under-par 65 to win the Shell Houston Open qualifier by two strokes at the Tradition Course at Cypresswood Golf Club.
Lowry posted nines of 32-33 and carded eight birdies to offset one bogey. He birdied Nos. 17 and 18 to break a tie with Paul Haley of Dallas, Steven Wheatcroft of Jacksonville, FL and Michael Putnam of University Place, WA, all of whom shot 5-under-par 67.
Lowry and Haley will be making their Shell Houston Open debuts. Wheatcroft played in 2007, 2010 and 2012 while Putnam played in 2007 and 2011.
A field of 147 players, including 23 PGA TOUR players who had won 41 titles, teed it up in hopes of claiming the final four playing positions available in this week s Shell Houston Open at Redstone Golf Club - Tournment Course.