Zim Jnr golfers finish last at WC

HARARE - Zimbabwe's junior golfers’ efforts to better the country’s previous standing at the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup in Japan were in vain after they finished last in the 15-nation team event that ended on Friday.

Zimbabwe’s Stuart Krog, Justin Kersten, Kieren Vincent and Mbongeni Maphosa were in trouble from the opening round after posting a wild 224.

Subsequent rounds of 221 and 226 saw the junior foursome remain rooted at number 15.

However, a more controlled final round 214 ensured the young lads left Japan with their pride intact although it was little coming too late to change the complexion of Zimbabwe’s standing.

Zimbabwe settled for 33-over-par 885.

The Africans were making their first appearance since 2005 in the top international event, courtesy of their runner-up finish behind South Africa at the All-Africa Junior Golf Championship in Zambia in May.

Norway went on to win the prestigious team championship after a blitz final round seven-under-par 206.

The Norwegian team finished the tournament at 21-under-par 831, four strokes clear of joint runners-up, Venezuela and the United States.

On the individual standings, Zimbabwe’s leading junior golfer Krog scorched the par-71 layout at Tokyo’s Chukyo Country Club in 67 strokes to lift himself to a tie for 26th on two-over-par 286.

Justin Kersten was the country’s second top scorer, carding rounds of 80, 81, 75 and 71 to tie for 56 on 23-over-par 307.

Kieren Vincent added rounds of 76, 77, 79 and 76 to finish 58 on 24-over-par 308.

Zimbabwe’s other junior representative in Japan, Maphosa, shot rounds of 77, 72 and 75 before withdrawing from the final round.

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