Zim finish strongly in Japan

HARARE - Zimbabwe's junior golfers yesterday ensured they return home with their pride intact after digging deep to finish a respectable 12th at the TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup 2015 in Toyota City, Japan.

Zimbabwe – stuck in 15th place for the entirety of the tournament – shot a final round 212 (-1) to jump to 12th at plus 16.

The trio of David Amm, Justin Kersten and captain Jack Allard had flattered to deceive in the opening rounds of the tournament but found their mojo in the final round.

St John’s College student Kieran Vincent signed for a final round 72 to sign for three under par for the tournament and finish as Zimbabwe’s highest placed golfer in position 13 out of a field of 60 golfers.

Vincent was, 10 strokes off Japan’s Ren Okazaki (-13) who shot a final round 65 to claim the boys’ individual title.

Kersten was Zimbabwe’s next best placed golfer on 10 over par for the tournament in a share of 44 while Amm fired a final round one under par to finish in position 50 for a total 13 over par.

Bulawayo Golf Club’s Allard never really got out of first gear and summed up his forgettable tournament with a final round five over par to finish two places above the bottom on position 58.

Allard singed for total 19 over par.

Meanwhile, Japan fired a tournament best 200 (-13) in Friday’s final round won the Boys’ Division of the tournament, some 41 strokes ahead of Zimbabwe.

The Japanese team finished the tournament at 25 under  par, four strokes clear of second place finisher and third round leader Sweden (-21).

“We had a target of 10 under par today and a strategy for each hole.  It worked quite well,” Japanese captain Gentaro Hashida said.

“Also, we knew the girls’ team was leading so the boys were greatly motivated to win alongside them.  We are very, very happy with the outcome.

Korea (-14) finished in third place, a single stroke ahead of the United States (-13).  Norway (-12) checked in fifth, two shots ahead of Canada (-10).

Mexico used a final round 202 to move into seventh at 8-under and South Africa was the final team to finish below par, coming in eighth at minus-1.

Chile finished at one over par to claim ninth place, ahead of New Zealand (+9) and Scotland (+13).  Zimbabwe finished on 16 over par.

Behind Zimbabwe was Brazil and Italy (+17) tied for 13th while China (+21) rounded out the boys’ field.

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