Zim junior golfers upbeat

HARARE - Zimbabwe's junior golf team is aiming for a top finish at the All-Africa Junior Golf Challenge to secure passage for the Toyota World Junior Golf Challenge in June.

The All-Africa Junior Challenge tees off in the Zambian capital this week with at least 16 national teams from across the continent battling for one of two tickets available to compete for the world championship trophy in Nagoya, Japan.

Zimbabwe’s fledgling teenage golfers will be captained by Jack Allard, who is ranked third on the national junior golf rankings.

The Bulawayo Golf Club-based teenager is on a good run having won four of the five national junior golf tournaments staged in the City of Kings last month.

Allard will be complemented by Kieran Vincent — the leading junior player in the country — as well as David Amm ranked fourth and Bekithemba Ndlovu ranked fifth.

Zimbabwe will be hoping to better last year’s second position finish when the four-day tournament commences with a practise round today.

Other countries expected to compete in the 20th edition of the prestigious junior team championship include the hosts Zambia, South Africa, Malawi, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Swaziland, Uganda, Namibia and Mauritius.

Zimbabwe Junior Golf Association president, Brian Maphosa is upbeat about the country’s chances of excelling in Lusaka. He also acknowledged the assistance of Toyota Zimbabwe in making the trip a reality.

“Toyota Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe Golf Association have always stood by us and we are most appreciative,” said Maphosa.

“What we need most is more corporate support. These youngsters are doing such a wonderful job and deserve better in terms of sponsorship,” he said.

The inaugural 72 holes stroke play championship was won by Zimbabwe in 1995. South Africa then won the tournament in 1996 and 1997.

Zimbabwe won in 1998, and South Africa has won every tournament since then.

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