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Kirkintilloch defy the elements to reach fifth round

Daily Mail
28 Jun 2010

GEORGE KENNEDY defied the elements, two talented opponents and old father time to win through the Daily Mail Foursomes' fourth round after producing an outstanding outward nine.
Driving rain greeted the 76-year-old and son Stewart, 51, when they arrived at their Kirkintilloch club, near Glasgow, to play Kilsyth Lennox's Thomas Morrison and Steven Walker.
'It was atrocious,' said George. 'I knew our opponents were playing off one or two, so I did not expect anything from the match.'
But the Kennedys started with five net threes, including two gross birdies, to take an early three-hole lead, and they never gave it up as they ran out winners by two holes – even matching their opponents' birdie two at the 15th.
'It was quite remarkable,' said George. 'I do not think we will ever do it again.'
But the doughty pensioner insisted: 'I really do not play golf very well. I get the odd good putt in and try to keep the ball straight. So Stewart plays the golf and I just add to the number.
'I never thought we would get this far. To be fair, we are living on borrowed time.'
Stewart might beg to differ. A former Stirlingshire junior champion, he still plays off three.
At least their run to the fifth round has allowed George to avenge his last defeat in the Daily Mail Foursomes over 40 years ago.
The former British Telecom worker went out to a pair from Glenbervie while representing Forth Valley Telecom Golf Club in the late 1960s. But George returned to the club with Stewart to beat Chris Love and Graeme Roughead 3&2 in this year's third round.

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