Vincent holds his own at Jnr Orange Bowl

HARARE - St John's golf sensation Kieran Vincent punched his weight at the 51st Junior Orange Bowl International Golf in Coral Gables, Florida, to romp to a sixth place finish.

Battling against some the best 18 and under players in the world, the 17-year-old stood firm to close on one under par 283.

In his ascendency, Vincent overcame a rocky first round start of 73 with a blistering 68, the third lowest second round score of the tournament.

He then negotiated the 6742 yards Biltmore Golf Course with a third round 72 before closing with a 70 to scale into a four way tie at sixth place.

The reigning Zimbabwe Amateur Matchplay Champion walked away six strokes adrift of winner Joaquin Niemann of Chile.

Niemann fired a final round 67 (-4) and a four day total of seven under par 277 to join an illustrious cast of former champions.

As for Vincent, he will hope his indelible performance on the outskirts of Miami will help him go on to have sterling professional golfing career just as previous participants of the tournament.

He does not have to look far as that grouping includes three-time major champion and Zimbabwean golf legend Nick Price.

Amongst previous winners of the tournament is Major tournament winner Tiger Woods and Zimbabwe’s own Lewis Chitengwa (late)  who in 1993 edged Woods to the title with a three-shot victory.

Meanwhile, Stuart Krog ended the tournament tied at 33.

Krog never really shifted out of first gear, posting rounds of 72, 75, 74 and 77 for a gross score of 14 over par 298.

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