Loewe spent the summer as a globetrotter

After spending most of his summers playing golf all over the state, preparing for the upcoming football season and just shooting some hoops whenever he had a spare minute, Lance Loewe spent this past summer getting serious about roundball.

Loewe wants to continue his basketball career in college like older brother Justin, who played at Texas A&M and has been taking steps in that direction.

First off, the 5-foot-11, 170-pounder made a difficult decision to forego football in this his senior year, a sport he loves where he was a two-way starter for the Tigers last season.

Secondly, he stuck his golf clubs in the closet. Loewe is one of the top junior golfers around and he spent a lot of time out on the links in the summer months, chasing that little white ball around.

All of the above gave him the opportunity to join up with the Austin ATX squad and he was off and running.

Established in 1997, ATX gathers up some of the best hoopers in the Central Texas area and they hit the road.

Loewe teamed with a pretty good representation of players from schools from all over that ranged from 5-foot-11 guard Abrie Anderson from Austin Lanier to 6-foot-7 postman Joel Devastey from Round Rock.

Loewe Loewe Deron Belford came all the way from Corpus Christi to play.

ATX kicked off the summer season by hosting its own tournament, then played a couple more in Austin before pulling out the atlas and taking the highway.

They participated in the HTown Shootout (Houston), the Next Level Nationals (Dallas), the South Texas Shootout (San Antonio), The Great American Shootout (Dallas), The Great American Shootout II (Bryan), The Missouri Shootout (Southern Missouri University), The Great American Shootout III (Denton) and finally The Kansas City Gymrats Shootout (Kansas City).

Loewe's best performance came at the Great American Shootout in Dallas, where he averaged just under 20 points a game against some of the best competition in the nation.

There were some pretty important people in the stands checking out these games too, according to Loewe's father and also coach Dusty Loewe.

"We saw Rick Pitino (Louisville), Bruce Webber (Illinois) Mark Turgeon (TexasA&M) Jeff Capel (Oklahoma), Frank Martin (Kansas State) and Bo Ryan (Wisconsin) during that time and multitudes of assistants from D1 to D3 schools during that period," said Loewe, who doubled as bus driver on a couple of trips.

The Loewes also crossed paths with Tiger teammate William McQuitter who was also playing for an Austin squad and he was one of their top players.

Loewe and McQuitter have combined to score over 1,800 points in their careers.

"It was a great experience traveling and playing with and against some of the top players in the nation," Dusty Loewe said. "He learned so much in just three months. We hope it pays off this winter for RHS."

The 5ive

Here are five professional athletes who are considered the best golfers:

1. Rick Rhoden—Ex-major league pitcher. Has won 43 senior events.

2. Sterling Sharpe—Ex-Packer receiver.

3. Craig Hentrich—Tennessee punter.

4. Ryan Longwell—Minnesota kicker.

5. Andy Van Slyke—Ex-St. Louis outfielder.

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