Kennedy facing tough battle to make PGA Cup team again

05/06/2013

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John Kennedy will be aiming to earn a second successive PGA Cup appearance when he tees up in the Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship next week.

Kennedy, of Slough’s Wexham Park Golf Centre, was part of the Great Britain and Ireland PGA Cup team that played against the United States in California two years ago.

But to earn another crack at representing his country he will need at least a top five finish in the £78,000 Glenmuir showpiece at De Vere Slaley Hall in Northumberland from June 11-14.

The Peugeot-supported final determines the make-up of Russell Weir’s GB&I team that will contest the PGA Cup against the USA also at Slaley Hall in September.

Kennedy admits he has his work cut out to be selected again and believes the standard is high this year with a number of top golfers in action including fellow southern based players such as ex-tour ace Benn Barham from Kings Hill.

“I’ll be looking to give it my best shot again this year, you never know what can happen once you’re out there and playing but I think it’s going to be especially difficult this year though,” he said.

 “There are some really good players around at the moment and I can see this year’s team being one of the best we’ve ever produced.

“I’m sure the ones that get through will give the USA a run for their money. The players we’re producing are getting better and better.”

Kennedy admits he still treasures his PGA Cup experience from two years ago.

“It was absolutely brilliant and I know that anyone who makes the team will remember it for the rest of their lives.”

Other players taking part at De Vere Slaley Hall include the 2008 champion Paul Simpson (West Berks), Ben Clayton (Hindhead Golf Club) and Scott Marshall (The Lambourne Club).

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