Sean Crocker's star continues to rise

HARARE - Zimbabwean teenage golf sensation, Sean Crocker, this week rose 33 places in the positive on the latest American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Polo golf rankings.

Son of former Zimbabwe Test cricketer Gary Crocker, Sean was ranked 67th a week ago, but leaped to number 34 on the latest AJGA Polo rankings.

The AJGA Junior at Robinson Ranch was a 54-hole stroke play competition played on the par-72, Robinson Ranch Golf Club’s Valley Course in Santa Clarita, California.

The event featured 71 boys aged between 12 and 18, from eight states and four countries.

Crocker finished in second at 11-under-par 205.

Thomas Lim, who shot a final-round score of 3-under-par 69 to finish the tournament at 12-under-par 204, won by a single stroke but not before passing glowing reviews for his closest rival.

“I knew Sean was going to put up a good number and I knew that 4-under through four holes was nothing,” Lim ranked, number 23 in the Polo rankings, told the AJGA website.

“He played amazing and didn’t miss a shot all day,” Lim added.

The Polo rankings is the proprietary system created by the AJGA to identify and rank the top junior players who have competed in the premier junior golf tournaments in the US.

The AJGA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.

A year ago, 15-year-old Crocker, who is based in Westlake Village, California, was virtually unknown.

But he has changed that in his last six tournaments in which he has grown in leaps and bounds in his game as well as his ranking.

Crocker is currently ranked ninth in his division of 16-year-olds throughout the USA.

The youngster has received regular support and coaching from Zimbabwe’s golfing great Nick Price.

Golf will return to the Olympic Games in 2016 and Crocker will be eligible to play for Zimbabwe.

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