Golf: Kennedy's back on form

CAMERON NEWBOLDAlbany Advertiser

Just 12 months after finishing runner-up, rejuvenated golfer Gavin Kennedy has gone one better, winning the Albany Golf Club men’s championship last Saturday.

Held across four rounds, Kennedy defeated close rival Ryan Western on his way to 311 off the stick, claiming the 2011 title.

The 27 year-old said it was a great feeling to win, especially when he was under pressure in the final round.

“The first three rounds in particular were very good and the fourth round was played under a bit more pressure,” he said.

“During the championships I definitely took it seriously, it was one of my goals to win this year after coming runner-up last year, when I pretty much choked.”

After shooting a 77 in the first three rounds, Kennedy shot an 80 in the final round and credited his stroke play on the final two holes with claiming the championship.

“I think probably the last two holes of the final round were the best of the whole four rounds,” Kennedy said.

“I hit both fairways, and they are both narrow fairways so that was pretty crucial when you’re under pressure.”

After his win, Kennedy has now set his sights on the upcoming country week championships.

“We are off to Busso (Busselton) this weekend and then country week in the second week of the school holidays, we play a fair bit as a social group,” he added.

“The only two going up for country week are Ryan Western and myself, and we are heading up for the week … it’s my first time playing country week.”

He started his career as a junior when he was 14 but spent some years away from the greens until making a return just under three years ago, saying he hoped his good form could continue for years.

Got a story? Email

Get the latest news from in your inbox.

Sign up for our emails