Zimbabwe jnr golfers struggle at World Cup

HARARE – Zimbabwe’s hope of changing their fortunes at the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup has not been going according to plan as they currently occupy last place ahead of today’s final round in Nagoya, Japan.

St John’s College’s Kieran Vincent has, however, been the only bright spark of the Zimbabwean team which has so far shot a combined score of 17 over par following rounds of 220, 218 and 218.

The country’s leading junior golfers are currently in 15th place, five strokes adrift of 14th placed Brazil and a dispiriting 33 strokes adrift leaders Sweden.

Sweden are on 16-under for the tournament and have a four-stroke lead over Japan and defending champion Norway (-12).

“We played well yesterday but lost our cool on the back nine so today we went into the round focusing on staying calm.  We’re going to try to do the same thing tomorrow,” Swedish coach Carl Magnusson said after their third round.

“We know not to take anything for granted.  Last year, Norway came out of nowhere to win so anything can happen.”

Canada is currently on a tie for fourth with Korea at 11-under.

The United States sits in sixth at nine under par, ahead of Chile (-2) and South Africa (-1).  Mexico is ninth at three over, followed by New Zealand (+5), China (+6) and Scotland (+6).

Italy (+9), Brazil (+14) and Zimbabwe (+17) finish out the boys’ field.

Apart from the disheartening team standings for Zimbabwe, Vincent has been standing toe to toe with some of the world’s best junior golfers.

He is currently on three under par for the tournament following impressive cards of 71, 70 and 69.

To put his inspiring run into perspective, Vincent is only five strokes adrift of boy’s individual leader Joaquin Niemann of Chile.

Falcon College’s Justin Kersten is Zimbabwe’s next best placed golfer tied on 49 with 10 over par following rounds of 76, 72 and 75.

The duo of captain Jack Allard and David Amm are singing the blues, sitting just four places above the bottom in position 56th  with 14 over par for the tournament.

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