Jim Kennedy Settles For 2nd Place in SA Open

Jim Kennedy Settles For 2nd Place in SA Open

ADELAIDE: Gold Coaster Jim Kennedy yesterday had to settle for second at Royal Adelaide as West Australian Wayne Smith endured a three-hole sudden death play-off in the South Australia Open.

The $200,000 tournament, which began in farcical circumstances when the opening round was scrapped because of strong winds, produced a nail-bitting climax.

Smith, who has not won a major event since a tournament success in Japan in 1988, held out the fast-finishing Queenslander and American Kevin Miskimins in the play-off after the trio tied on nine under par.

Miskimins, who received entry into the tournament only when fellow American Stan Utley failed to show up, bowed out at the first play-off hole when he scored a bogey five at the 383m par four 18th.

Smith and Kennedy then fought on and both recorded par on the second attempt to break the deadlock, with Smith finally prevailing at the third try when he holed a three meter birdie putt.

The 32-year-old pocketed $36,000 for his efforts, and earned his money the hard way over a grueling final round which he began with a comfortable four-stroke lead.

After two days of bogey-free golf, the pressure began to tell on Smith, the 1983 Australian amateur champion. Miskimins, 23, joined him in the lead with a birdie at the 341m par four eighth.

While the pair were slugging it out at the rear of the field, 27-year-old Kennedy was unleashing some of the best golf of the tournament on the testing 6426m par-73 course.

Miskimins and Smith both threatened to snatch outright victory with birdie putts on the last two holes.

But the American’s effort on the last lipped the cup, then refused to drop, and Smith experience similar despair when putts at 17 and 18 ran around the edge of

Ample consolation prize

GOLD Coast golfer Jim Kennedy was understandably disappointed, yet gleaned a great deal of satisfaction from his near miss in Adelaide.

Kennedy went within a whisker of scoring is first Australian PGA Tour win when he lost on the third hole of a sudden death play-off to West Australian Wayne Smith.
Instead of $36,000, the 27 year-old former Southport junior had to be satisfied with a $16,500 cheque he earned for finishing equal second.

It was his second high finish in a row. He produced a storming finish of three birdies over the final four holes to run equal fourth on last week’s Victorian Open.

“It’s disappointing to lose in a play-off”, said Kennedy of his brush with fame.

“But I’m still very pleased to finish at nine under for starters and the way I handled myself in the pay-off”.

It was nice and calm and very positive and not overawed by the situation.”

Kennedy’s only other 72 hole victory was in the Australasian Club Professionals Championship on the old Coast in August.

SOUTH Australian Open at Royal Adelaide:

Final scores: 210: Wayne Smith (WA) 67 68 75 (winner in sudden death play-off), Kevin MIskimins (US) 70 70 70, Jim Kennedy (Qld) 72 69 69. 211: Peter O’Malley (NSW) 70 72 69. 212: Michael Long (NZ) 67 72 73, David McKenzie (Vic) 70 70 73, Bradley Hughes (Vic) 70 69 74, Michael Harwood (Vic) 70 69 74. 214: Anthony Painter (NSW) 69 73 72, Elliott Boult (NZ) 69 72 73, Michael Clayton (Vic) 70 69 75, David Brandson (NSW a) 67 73 74.

215: David Smail (NZ) 73 73 69, Krishna Singh (Fiji) 72 72 71, Daren Barnes (Qld) 69 72 74, Justin Cooper (SA a) 69 71 5, Craig Jones (Qld) 72 67 76. 216: Martin Phillips (NZ) 73 73 70, Grant Dodd (NSW) 72 72 72, Jeffrey Wagner (NSW) 70 72 74, Mark Allen (Vic) 72 69 75, David Iwasaki-Smith (Vic) 6872 76. 217: Gavin Stratfold (SA) 73 74 70, Mark Cato (US) 70 74 73, Michael Sprengel (SA)72 72 73, Michael Sprengel (SA) 72 72 73, Mike Colandro (Vic) 69 75 73, George Serhan (NSW) 71 73 73, Lucas Parsons (NSW) 69 72 76, Stuart Appleby (Vic) 72 71 74. 218: Arden Knoll (Canada) 71 75 72, Grant Moorhead (NZ) 72 74 72, Stephen Collins (WA a) 70 76 72, Grant Kenny (NSW) 71 74 73, Peter McWhinney (Qld) 69 74 75, Wayne Dodd (NSW) 68 73 77, Zoran Zorkic (US) 72 68 78. 219: Ben Tuohy (SA a) 77 70 72, John Morse (US) 71 75 73, Evan Droop (Viv) 76 69 74, Peter Teravainen (US) 70 73 76, Jeff Woodland (Qld) 70 73 76. 220: Andrew Labrooy (Vic) 75 72 73, Chris Gray (WA) 74 72 74, David Hill (Vic) 75 71 74, Gary Simpson (SA) 72 73 75, Neil Kerry (NSW) 73 73 74, Simon Owen (NZ) 73 73 74, Tim Elliott (WA) 75 72 73, Glenn Joyner (SA) 71 74 75, Jarrod Moseley (WA a) 69 76 75, John Stollenwerck (US) 71 72 77. 221: Craig Warren (NSW) 74 72 75, Gavin earing (Vic) 74 73 74, Hank Baran (US) 74 73 74, Hank Baran (US) 74 73 74, Peter Jones (NSW)

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