Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Kemnay junior Cameron Carnegie wins 

men's club championship
History was made last weekend at Kemnay with a junior member, Cameron Carnegie, coming from six shots back to win the men’s club championship scratch title, with a four-round total of 292.  Aged just 16, he achieved a course recorde-qualling 68 off the Black Tees in the final round.
Cameron said “ I set myself a target to win the men's club championship before I was 18 years old.  I am delighted with the win and am looking forward to playing in the Champion of Champions next year.
" I started well on Saturday - birdie, birdie and I thought if I could par in from there he would be in with a chance. I went out in 32 and had to stop play for 20-30 mins for thunder and lightning at the 11th. 
"I knew exactly how everyone was scoring and remained calm and played steady golf to the 18th where I had a good up and down after missing the green right.  I got a great reception from fellow members after the 18th and it was a day I will remember for a long time”

Junior Pennant Champions 2016
After being runners-up to Royal Aberdeen last season, the Kemnay Junior Pennant team has gone one better this year and were crowned as Junior Pennant Champions 2016 at Inverallochy on Sunday. A fantastic achievement as this is the first time Kemnay has won this prestigious title!
They did this by winning their section with wins over Deeside at home, and away matches at both Portlethen and Murcar Links.   
They then beat last year's winners, Royal Aberdeen, in the semi-final at Portlethen and won 4-1 over Aboyne in Sunday's final.  Winning the Pennant title means that they qualify for the  Junior Home Nations Team Championships and ultimately qualify for the Grand Final overseas!
Pennant Team Manager, Craig Carnegie (Cameron’s father) said “The players are from Kemnay, Kintore, Alford and Turriff and are all keen to play in the matches. The basic skills of golf, rules and etiquette were coached through ClubGolf to these players when they were younger. Now they have been developed and coached into a successful and motivated Team. 
"I knew after last year's 5-0 defeat in the Final to Royal Aberdeen at Inverurie Golf Club that they would learn from the experience and give them more determination to be successful. They are a great group of players to manage as they are all competitive and want to do well for each other. 
"It has been a very difficult task for me to select the players for all the matches but it has brought success. The 15 team members selected over the five matches have made me very proud as Team Manager and are a credit to Kemnay Golf Club for achieving the first ever Pennant League Victory”

Underpinning both Cameron’s win in the Men’s Club Championship win and the Pennant Team success is ClubGolf and the Club’s commitment to running the national structured programme for youngsters starting in the game