Jackson Lowder’s sporting clays journey began innocently enough on the way to a travel ball tourney (he is a catcher)
His Dad, Steve Lowder had booked a lesson for basics with instructor Donnie Roth with a goal of saving some shells in the dove field.
At the age of 9 years old, Jackson took to clays immediately and soon began to shoot as a rookie at Backwoods Quail Club for coach Rick Hemingway.
As one who has grown up on a horse farm and is comfortable driving a tractor, baling and moving hay around the farm, Jackson stays on the move and helps a neighbor on a “pay to hunt” duck pond, serving breakfast and guiding the hunters to their stations and even collecting the money for the hunt. His other pursuits are playing baseball and football and of course, shooting all he can.
Other coaches who have influence Jackson in the clays game include Tony Starling, Wendell Cherry of PSCA fame and a neighbor Chuck Fraser who is a master target setter. Jackson soaks up the lessons like a sponge and is always exhibiting a positive attitude and that makes him a joy to shoot or squad with in any event. He is always smiling and veteran shooters say he is a joy to be around. One elder shooter who Jackson outshot on the first day of a big shoot said with a smile “Great Job! But I hope you get chicken pox tonight Jackson!”
In 2014 Jackson made the All State team and was named All American 2nd team 28 gauge. Also, he was named to the Briley All American Sub-Junior team. This year is highlighted by a b5 sub-junior runner up in the Gator Cup and A3 Fitasc Jr, 3rd and A5 (2nd in state) in the main at the SC State Championship and sub Jr. runner up. Lastly, Jackson just made the sub Jr. 2nd team Blaser All American Fitasc 12 gauge team for 2016.
His family plans for him to attend the US Open and Nationals competition in Texas this year.
So when you see Jackson on a course in the future be sure to give him a big smile and pat on the back. He is a kid who always exhibits a positive image and influence for the sport to all he encounters.
It is indeed a pleasure to introduce to you this “wave of the future” in sporting clays, Jackson Lowder!