Kennedy moves up to European Tour

Kennedy moves up to European Tour

December 19th, 2011

Lloyd Kennedy has secured his place alongside the world’s elite – only three years after competing on the PGA EuroPro Tour.

He finished in the top 30 of last week’s Q School to secure his European Tour card for 2012.

Kennedy, a member of Chelmsford Golf Club, shot rounds of 68, 66, 70, 69, 74 and 70 to finish on -11 and in tied 16th at the final round of qualifying at the PGA Catalunya Resort in Girona, Spain.

Kennedy, 26, turned professional in 2006 and his story should act as motivation for any aspiring golfer.

His first EuroPro Tour victory came at Maylands in Essex in July 2007 but the next season was his main breakthrough one as he won at Selsdon Park in August and claimed top three finishes at Collingtree Park, The Players Club and the Tour Championships at Les Bordes in France.

That saw him finish third in the EPT Order of Merit and promoted him to the Challenge Tour, where he has played for the last three seasons.

He has only played in five competitions on the European Tour but has only made the cut once but will soon be regularly playing alongside golfers such as Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood.

Elsewhere, Jamie Elson and Andrew Marshall, who both have EuroPro Tour experience have regained their European Tour cards after successfully battling through qualifying.

Elson finished tied third at Bovey Castle in 2009, while Marshall won the season opener at Wensum Valley in 2005.

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