An honour not won easily, the award rewards all-round performance which covers ability, general conduct and examination results.
Kennedy, 22, is indentured to Gold Coast Burleigh club professional John Collins and still has a year of his apprenticeship to serve before stepping out into the big time.
The former Southport junior star wins a trip to Orange for the Australian trainees’ championship in December where he hopes to follow in the footsteps of another Gold Coast product, Graeme Trew, who won the title last year.
Kennedy is also well in line to be named Australian trainee of the year. He is one of only six young players eligible for that honour.
Is it coincidental Kennedy was named Queensland trainee of the year in the week following the success of New South Welshman Brett Ogle in Sunday’s Tasmanian Open?
There are many people, and I’m one of them, who reckon there is a striking similarity between Kennedy and Ogle, both lean and lanky youngsters.