John Kennedy: My 2021 Highlights

It’s been a quite a year for amateur golf in Great Britain and we asked some our leading players what were their stand-out moments and also asked them to look ahead to 2022

Consett’s John Kennedy, who won the Durham County Matchplay Championship 25 years after winning it for the first time

It was only 120 yards but it was the shot of the year for me as everything came down to one hole’

1) Your best round of the year and why?
64 in a club competition at Consett. I have shot lower but always made a mistake somewhere. This round was just seven birdies and 11 pars so no dropped shots, which is difficult around Consett. 

2) Your best shot of the year and why?
That was my second shot at Heworth on the first sudden death hole in the final of the Durham Matchplay. It was only 120 yards but it was the shot of the year for me as everything came down to one hole and I managed to put it to four feet and my opponent conceded. 

3) The best shot you saw and why?
The best shot I seen all year was by Chris Handy in the Boldon Scratch Open competition. He hit a 3 wood 300 yards across lots of heavy rough to the middle of the 11th green. It was a shot I just couldn’t play. Incredible. 

4) Your favourite moment of 2021 (this could be personal or something completely random but golf related)?
I have two stand-out moments. Winning the matchplay and having my brother on the bag was fantastic. Also team Durham winning our third game in a row to go top of the Northern League. Both were amazing. 

5) Your hopes and ambitions for 2022?
Being part of a successful team for Durham and my home club Consett. 

6) One thing you would change about about golf for next season?
No Covid restrictions and just being able to shake hands at the end of a great game. Elbows doesn’t have the same impact.