Leslie Lowe - EWGA Member since 2009
Leslie lives in Stone Mountain with her partner, Carole, and two canine children, Lolli and Ange. Currently, Leslie is Deputy Commissioner for Procurement at the Department of Administrative Services, a state agency (like the GeneralServices Administration). Leslie is responsible for all procurement rules and regulations and establishes statewide contracts for all the state agencies to purchase from, thereby procuring goods and services at lower prices. Leslie has worked for state government for 27 years holding positions such as Budget Analyst (Georgia General Assembly and Department of Corrections), Legislative Liaison (Department of Corrections), Director of Central Services (Department of Administrative Services), Controller (Department of Administrative Services), Deputy Commissioner (Department of Early Care and Learning) and Chief Financial Officer (Department of Early Care and Learning).
Leslie has played golf most of her life - from age 10 through high school, not any during college years, but began playing again in 1988. She didn't become a serious golfer until 2003 when she began working on her game with weekly practice. In 2004, Leslie won nationals in the First Flight (low gross) in Nashville, TN. She automatically qualified for nationals in 2005 which was held in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, but was required to move up to the Championship Flight with her improved handicap. Leslie qualified again for nationals in 2010 after winning low gross (Championship Flight) in the sectional in Howie in the Hills, FL. She placed third low net at the national competition in Wisconsin. This year, Leslie returns to nationals in Florida after qualifying in the Championship Flight as the Low Net Winner in Atlanta.
Leslie loves the pressure of competition. She believes that this is the time when you really find out what you are made of. "Golf is the hardest physical and mental sport to play. That's why I love it. The challenge is what makes it so much fun."
Leslie philosophizes: Golf has many lessons to teach us about life. You can hit good shots and still get a bad bounce...which is true in life. You face the adversity of the course just like you do in life...the course challenges you to choose how you react to bad lies, bad hops, bad breaks: you can either be frustrated and hit another bad shot, or you can overcome the past and move on with a good shot.