Toyota Junior Golf World Cup team named

HARARE - Zimbabwe's top four leading junior golfers have stepped up preparations for the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup set for Chukyo Golf Club, Ishino Course, Japan.

The four who will carry the hopes of the country at the tournament that runs from June 24 to 27 are Stuart Krog, Justin Kersten, Kieren Vincent and Mbongeni Maphosa.

In Japan, the quartet which leaves on June 19, will battle for honours against the best top junior golfers from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, South Africa, Thailand, United States and Venezuela.

One golfer who will be expected to play the leading role for the teenagers in the team format competition will be St Georges College pupil Krog.

The reigning Junior Golfer of the Year, who won bronze at the All Africa Youth Games in Gaborone Botswana, has on many occasions been the rock of the team in their recent outings.

At the All Africa Golf Challenge last month it was his star performance where he was second in the final cumulative individual leaderboard after shooting 78, 71, 70, and 75 for a total of 294 that steered Zimbabwe to a second place finish and ultimately a place Junior Golf World Cup.

Much will also be expected from Vincent, who finished in the top 10 at the All Africa Junior Golf Challenge in Lusaka after shooting a total of 300 to be tied in 6th position for the individual scores.

Kersten also travels to Japan with his confidence on the rise.

He will hope to ride the momentum that saw him win the Matebeleland Amateur Championship played at the Bulawayo Golf Club two weeks ago when the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup kicks off later this month.

Maphosa has also had some international success after 11th at the Curro SA Junior International Tournament played in Langebaan in Cape Town, South Africa.

And he will be fancying his chances of posting some low scores in Japan.

The Toyota Junior Golf World Cup is being played on Chukyo Golf Club which is a Par-71 mountain course.

At the Junior Golf World Cup South Africa has been Africa’s lone participant since 2008 and has one victory to its name, which came in 2001.

In the 22 year history of the tournament, the best Zimbabwe has achieved was in 1993 when it finished position 7.

Zimbabwe last participated at the tournament in 2005 where it finished last.

The Toyota Junior Golf World Cup 2014, follows a four-players-count-three scores format, and is played over four rounds.

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