Overview: Played in the 2014 U.S. Amateur …qualified with 36-hole score of 136 at Reynolds Plantation, he tied for first place at that qualifier…has 74.40 career stroke average for his 25 rounds for the Tigers in three years…six of his 25 career rounds have been under par…played in three tournaments as a sophomore and four as a freshman...played in two tournaments 2014-15…seven of his 25 career rounds have been at par or better,…capable of going low, had a 68 in the final round at the Palmetto as a sophomore, helping Clemson to the tournament victory… he had a 67 as a freshman at Jerry Pate to tie for second lowest round of the year by a Tiger …native of Spartanburg, SC who comes to Clemson from Dorman High, the same school that sent D.J. Trahan to an All-America career at Clemson…six-time all-state selection, that tied a state record for making the all-state team….named Upstate Golfer-of-the-Year by Spartanburg Herald each of his last two years…won 4A State title as a freshman in 2009.
Summer 2015: Played in four tournaments over the summer starting with the Monroe where he finished 60th with 297 score…shot a strong 69 in the final round…shot 223 at the Rice Planters to finish 67th…had strong showing at the Carolinas Amateur with four-under-par 284…had second round 69 and shot under-par three of his four rounds…finished 32nd at South Carolina Amateur with 300 score…his third round 67 was the best in the field that day.
2014-15: Played in two events, both in the fall, the Carpet Classic and the Humingbird…had an opening round 73 at the Carpet Classic, third best round by a Tiger that day…finished 67 at the Carpet Classic, then finished 40th at Humingbird.
Summer 2014: Shot an eight-under-par 136 at the US Amateur Qualifier at Reynolds Plantation in Georgia to win the 36-hole event…had rounds of 67-69…only active Clemson golfer to play in the US Amateur at The Atlanta Golf Club…had rounds of 78-80 and did not advance to match play…also played in the Carolinas Amateur and the South Carolina Amateur.
In 2013-14: Played in three tournaments, but had an impact…showed his ability in the final round at the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Classic when he led the Tigers with a 68, a huge reason Clemson won the team title…his 68 was the low round of the tournament by a Clemson golfer and that was with teammate Austin Langdale winning…Kennedy finished tied for ninth in that tournament, his best career finish…at the Linger Longer with a 216 score, even par…he finished 15th and was Clemson’s best golfer of the tournament by four shots…played in three events and had two top 15 finishes…ranked fifth on the team in stroke average at 73.44…four of his nine rounds were at par or better…in his limited action, had 3.19 stroke average on par four holes, second on the team…his score counted in 8-9 rounds and had .786 hitting percentage for fairways…had 32 birdies in nine rounds…averaged 72.33 for his opening round of the three events he played.
Summer 2013: Had solid summer highlighted by 11th place finish at the Rice Planters June 20-22…shot five-under-par 211 for the 54 holes…had consistent rounds of 70-71-70…18th at South Carolina Amateur with 286 score, two-over-par…had final round 67 that showed what he is capable of ...just one stroke off the best round of the day…finished 12th at US Open Local Qualifying in May with 73 score…played in the Monroe in June and finished 55th, but had an opening round 70…shot 72 in pre-qualifier for the Wyndham Championship on the PGA Tour…then shot 74 in the qualifier.
In 2012-13: Played in two tournaments in the fall and two in the spring as a freshman…started his career at the Jerry Pate, a national event and finished 11th with 218 total…had second round 67, for his second round as a Clemson golfer…second best Clemson golfer at Jerry Pate…that was low round by a Tiger for the tournament…finished 56th at US Collegiate, helping Tigers to sixth-place finish in 15 team national field…played in Charleston Shootout as an individual and finished 11th with 220 score…had his second round in the 60s for the year, he had first round 69…played in the Hootie in late March and had pair of rounds at 75 or better…had 40 birdies in his 12 rounds…his score counted in seven of his nine rounds in team tournaments…played just nine team rounds, but had best score of the day three times.
Summer 2012: Had his best round of the summer at the Junior Azalea where he had a 62 that included a 28 on the back nine…that was big round in him winning the tournament…played in three major amateur events, he finished 39th at South Carolina Amateur with consistent rounds of 73-72-70-73 for 288 total…played in the Monroe Invitational and finished at 299…finished with a 226 score at the Cardinal Amateur near Greensboro at the end of the summer, he finished 46th in that national amateur event…. finished sixth at the Scotty Robertson AJGA event with a 213 score.
In High School: A six-time all-state selection in South Carolina, tying a state record for all-state selections…had nine-hole average of 35.2 as a senior…won the Fleisher Invitational four times…placed in the top eight of every tournament he played as a senior at Dorman High School…that includes a fifth-place finish at the state 4 A Tournament…won 2012 Region II 4A title by one shot at Verdae Greens in Greenville…it was his third straight win at that event…named Spartanburg Herald Upstate Golfer of the Year for 2011 and 2012….won 2009 4A State championship...won 2010 Jimmy Self Festival of Flowers…made stroke play at the 2011 US Amateur…born March 13, 1994 in Spartanburg, SC…signed with Clemson on November 9, 2011…majoring in marketing at Clemson…played his high school golf for Lewis Terry at Dorman High School in Spartanburg, SC.
Kennedy Personality Profile
Favorite Professional Golfer: Dustin Johnson
Favorite Clemson Golfer of All-time: Jonathan Byrd
Favorite Course I have played: Cliffs at Mountain Park
Course I would like to play: St. Andrews
All-time Low Round: 63 Jr. Azalea Country Club of Charleston
My Best Shot ever: Making a 30-foot eagle putt to force a playoff
Best Part of my Game: Length
Need to Improve on: Accuracy
My Best Club: Iron shots
My dream foursome is myself and: Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Jack Nicklaus
Person Who Has Influenced You the Most in Your Athletic Career: Tiger Woods
What is your favorite hobby: Doing something on the water
When I finish my playing career I would like to: Play professionally and start my own business.