Kennedy storms to victory in Portuguese Amateur

Frank Kennedy has today claimed a brilliant victory at the Portuguese Amateur Championship.

The 16-year-old from Cheshire led from start to finish of the 72-hole event and thoroughly merited his win – the most significant of his fledgling career.

Rounds of 65, 69, 64 and 71 gave him a four-shot margin of victory from Germany’s Finn Koelle with a winning total of -19 (269).

England men’s squad player Arron Edwards-Hill claimed third spot on -13 (pictured below), with teammates Olly Huggins and Mason Essam tied for sixth (-10).

Another England player, Jack Bigham, finished on -6 and in a tie for 16th.

Kennedy – a member of the 2021 England boys’ squad – was in control of his game all week.

A flawless eight-under par round of 64 on Friday featuring eight birdies and no bogeys gave him a three-shot cushion heading into the final day’s play at the Montado Golf Resort, south of Lisbon.

And the teenager kept a tight grip on the championship – now in its 92nd year – with three birdies and just two dropped shots in his final round to claim a wire-to-wire victory.

For Kennedy, who saw all his work with England boys’ squad coach Rob Watts pay off handsomely in Portugal, the win sets him up for the season.

Kennedy hails from Prestbury, but spends a majority of his year in Jupiter, Florida. He divides his time between his schoolwork and playing amateur events in America and Europe.

This win allows him to follow in the footsteps of recent English winners of this event such as current DP World Tour player Eddie Pepperell (2011) and former England men’s squad player Harry Goddard (2020).

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