Royal Dublin’s Max Kennedy has become the latest Irish recruit to the US college system after the amateur signed to the University of Louisville men’s golf team.
Kennedy made the decision to join the programme on a 4-year scholarship having been blown away by the facilities on a trip alongside his Dad in mid-October where Kennedy shot level par on his first outing on the golf course.
UofL are currently ranked no.15 in NCAA Division 1 College golf (out of 294 colleges) and Kennedy, when he joins in August 2020, undoubtedly has the credentials to improve the side.
He is a two-time champion in the Faldo Junior Series (Northern Ireland Championship & Grand Final Championship), where he fired a final round 64 that included five birdies on the final nine holes
A long-time member of the Irish National Team, Kennedy reached the quarterfinals of the British Boys Championship at Saunton Golf Club in Devon, United Kingdom. In 2018, he won the Leinster U18 and the Irish U18 awards as the most consistent player in Ireland
Head coach Mark Crabtree was delighted with the signing and also announced another new recruit, Walker Franklin to compete for the Cardinals beginning with the 2020-21 season.
“We have put together an outstanding recruiting class with Walker and Max,” UofL head coach Mark Crabtree said.
“I’m excited that both student-athletes will be impactful in their first year with the Cardinals. They have great passion for the game, are highly motivated, and possess a high skill level. They are fundamentally sound in their technique and approach the game with a correct mindset. I am very excited to have both Walker and Max joining the program and know they will have an incredible experience.”
Kennedy will have plenty of familiar accents for company too with John Murphy, Devin Morley, Hugh O’Hare and Mairead Martin all competing with Louisville. And it’s no wonder that these top amateur talents cross the Atlantic in the hopes of bettering themselves as players.
In a golfing sense they have a 12,000 sq ft. indoor golf only facility at the campus with all the latest tech equipment. A 20 minute drive brings you to their own golf course and private practice area for boys and girls golf teams, again with all the latest equipment you could ever need while the famous Valhalla GC is also beside the campus and the golf teams get to play and practice there also. Congratulations Max and best of luck on the adventure next year.