Krog's gamble pays off

HARARE - Dropping out of high school to focus on sport takes a tremendous amount of courage for any teenager in the world.

But that did not deter 19-year-old Stuart Krog, who gave up his final year in high school to concentrate on golf.

The former St George’s College pupil, however, is patting himself on the back for making that decision after an inspirational year on the course saw him earn a college scholarship in the United States.

Krog decorated his season last week by finishing as the highest-placed amateur at the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open at Royal Harare Golf Club.

An ultra-friendly teenager, who always wears a grin on his face, Krog, was the only amateur to make the cut, finishing on 12-over-par during the Sunshine Tour sanctioned event.

“I left school for my last year to focus on my SATs. I was doing home schooling to give me more time to concrete on golf,” Krog tells the Daily News on Sunday.

“At school I felt I was wasting time. I’m someone who doesn’t like wasting time. All those free periods, I felt I should have been out there on the course improving my golf.

“So home schooling gave me more time to play as many golf tournaments as I could.”

Krog ceased being a junior golfer earlier this month and together with Mbongeni Maphosa received rave reviews from Zimbabwe Junior Golf Association.

“These two have over the years been active in our ranks and have together represented the country in such tournaments as the Tri-Nations, the Three Nations Junior Golf Challenge, Curro, The Toyota World Cup Junior golf Challenge 2014,” ZJGA said in a statement.

“They have at different times also captained these teams. They have also played in international tournaments in their individual capacities as well as participated actively in both junior and amateur tournaments.

“Both have been exemplary and achieved the tasks they were assigned to do. Interestingly, it so happens they together started their primary schooling at Gateway Junior School.

“Well done guys and wish you the best in your golf careers that you now pursue.”

Krog, whose older brother Brett plays for Florida Tech’s golf team credits his father, Ian, for leading him into the sport. Ian Krog caddied for four years on the Sunshine Tour in South Africa.

“My dad caddied as a hobby, but he always let us do what we wanted to do,” Krog says. “He would say join me for golf when I like nine or 10 and we’d go play twice a month on Sundays. I slowly got into it and by the time I was 13, I haven’t looked back since.”

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