Cool under pressure ad a great short game enabled James Kennedy a first year trainee from Queensland to win the NSW Trainee Championship for 1987.
After establishing a narrow lead in the first rounds, to be one (1) under after 36 holes, James handled the pressure of playing 36 holes on the final day far better that his nearest rivals Adam Hayes (Victoria) and Darren Chivas (NSW) to finish with a four (4) round total of 293 (+5).
James held a narrow three (3) stroke lead over Darren and four (4) strokes from Adam with 18 holes to play, but neither could produce the form to overhaul the Queenslander.
Craig Grant from NSW had the best final round of 71 (-1) to tie for second with Adam Hayes.
After some great scoring in the Pro – Am a low scoring championship was expected. However, this was not to be. The strong gusting winds of the first two rounds, the narrowed fairways and very thick ruff took their toll on those trainees inexperienced with these conditions.
The Catalina Country Club has over the years developed into a great tournament course. These Championships were very well supported by trainees from Queensland., Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales with a total field of 125 trainees.
The interstate support was very well rewarded with all states sharing the prizemoney of $10,000.