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The County Durham Matchplay Championship
Congratulations to John Kennedy on Winning the Durham County Matchplay Championship. Read about it below from a report by Alan Hedley
John Kennedy turned the clock back a quarter of a century to record his second Durham County Matchplay Championship victory at the age of 52.
It was in 1994 the Consett big-hitter won his first county matchplay title – he followed up with the county strokeplay championship two years later.
He’s been a force in North-East amateur golf since making his Durham County debut at the age of 16 and it’s no surprise he’s racked up 94 caps – and the ton is very much a target His achievement of getting into the 90s was recognised by a special presentation at the county’s annual dinner. Perhaps the inference could be seen as marking the end of an illustrious county career. If it was, it may prove to have been a little premature!
In what was an exceptional tight final played in blustery difficult conditions at Heworth the contest between Kennedy and South Shields’ Andrew McCarrick went all the way to the 19th – the first hole – where Kennedy’s approach was superb, setting up a possible birdie while McCarrick found the greenside bunker and when he narrowly failed to get up and down he conceded.
In the semi-finals McCarrick had defeated Shields team-mate Martin McCririck 2 and 1 while Kennedy ended the hope of Seaham’s Grant Dixon 4 and 2 – Dixon had gained the notable scalp of last year’s double Durham County title winner James Glenn 2 and 1 in the quarter-finals.
“I can’t believe it’s been 25 years since I won the trophy for the first time – it doesn’t feel like it,” said Kennedy.
“The standard of golf in the final was superb from both Andrew and myself, it was a great final and the course was in great nick and Heworth should be very proud. “Every round I played it seemed to be against old friends made over the years and that made it very relaxing.”
Kennedy stepped back from county golf in his mid-thirties and didn’t play for Durham for about 10 years but Brian Ross approached him and asked if he’d be part of the county scene again. “I said yes and, obviously, to play county golf you have to be to keep on top of your game and you have to have the desire so it was nice when Brian asked me to come back and to be honest the county set-up, with the county captains and the structures in place made me want to come back.” So is that 100-cap target a realistic one? “I think if your body holds up, that’s the key. A lot of my pals of a similar age have struggled with joint problems and other things and I’ve been quite fortunate to keep myself reasonably healthy and my body seems to have held up well.” “I’ve now played 94 times for the county so that 100 is the target. I turned 52 last week, but I see no reason not to try and reach that target.”
The clubhouse is now open. Please ensure that you wear a mask on entry and wait to be seated. Table service only.
Ladies Open Competition
Please see the poster for details of the Ladies Open on Sunday June 13th.
A poster has been made available with details. View the Poster
SafeGolf with England Golf
Consett & District Golf Club are accredited to England Golf and the SafeGolf initiative. As part of the accreditation process we needed to demonstrate our Safeguarding procedures for both Adults and Children. Both documents are available for viewing from this page, just follow the links.
As of March 23rd we have achieved SafeGolf accreditation with England Golf to remain affiliated with them.
For the Safeguarding document for Children and Young Persons this is the document Click Here
For the Safeguarding document for Adults this is the document Click Here
This is the document detailing the role of The Club Welfare Officer Click Here
The Club Welfare Officer is Mrs Heather Milburn and can be contacted via the Club email [email protected] or 01207 505060 Option 2. Details also in the Safeguarding documents.
The World Handicap System The World Handicap System comes into operation in November. There’s a document explaining everything you need to know and can be viewed here – View the WHS File
Competition cancellation instructions. In view of the competition being cancelled recently due to adverse weather conditions, the Directors have now produced some guidelines to follow which can be found Here
Remedial work has started to repair the drought damage on several green ‘fringes’, with re turfing and or re seeding please treat these areas as GUR.Here’s an update to give an insight of what’s been happening recently.
The remaining tees have been completed and solid tined, we have also solid tined all surrounds and approaches.
The 15th tee has been hollow cored, dressed and over seeded with a cold germination seed ( never used this product so it’s a good trial project ). All tees have been sprayed with iron. We managed to get our Autumn/Winter fertiliser on the greens at the perfect time and it has shown great response. We have trimmed and tidied all low branches in the copses at 11th/15th, 11th/12th, 12th/13th and 12th tee. The gorse bushes in front of 16th have been thinned and some removed so that the fairway can be seen from the tee. We took the opportunity with no golfers to fell and remove a dangerously rotten ash tree at the 8th that was a big risk to Health and Safety due to its condition and being on a pathway.
Greens and tees have been cut once again and leaves are still falling ( surely there can’t be many more left ).
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