Vincent shines in Bangladesh

HARARE - Zimbabwe's top amateur golfers had a nightmarish outing at the inaugural African Amateur Stroke Play Championship in South Africa but in Asia it was a different story for rising golf sensation Scott Vincent.

Chasing his maiden Asian Tour win, Vincent shot a total 275 to close on a five-way tie at number seven following an impressive run at Bashundhara Bangladesh Open.

Vincent navigated the 71 658 yards Kurmitola Golf Club course with rounds of 68-66-72-69 for a total 275, 12 strokes behind eventual winner Thitiphun Chuayprakong of Thailand.

The Harare-raised golfer shared seventh place with India’s Shankar Das, USA’s Johannes Veerman, Japan’s Shunya Takeyasu and India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar.

As for the winner, Chuayprakong, he cruised to his maiden Asian Tour win when he closed with a four-under-par 67 to secure a two-shot victory at the $300 000 championship.

Meanwhile, in South Africa, Zimbabwe did not have much joy at the African Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Leopard Creek Golf Estate in Mpumalanga.

The country’s promising talents found the going tough against a strong cast of international challengers in the inaugural tournament, which got underway on February 10 and ended two days later.

Team Zimbabwe finished nine out of 10 teams on a combined team score of 690.

The local hopefuls opened their account with a team total of 230, David Amm leading the way by signing for a 72, Kieran Vincent 74 and Tafara Mpofu 84.

The team went one lower for a total 229, this time Kieran Vincent coming to the party with a well worked 70, Amm carding 75 and Mpofu 84.

The Zimbabwean contingent concluded their outing with a total 231 with Vincent fining his rhythm with a 69, Amm 77 and John Milazi 85.

The international team event was decided by the total of the best three individual scores per day out of a team of four members over the first three rounds.

Team Scotland scooped the honour with a combined score of 639.

They opened their account with a total 223 following Jack McDonald’s 73 Connor Syme’s 73 Bob and MacIntyre’s 77.

They followed it up with 209.

Grant Forrest shooting 69, Jack McDonald 70 and Connor Syme 70 before concluding with a team total of 207 that included Jack McDonald’s 69, Connor Syme’s 70 and Grant Forrest’s 71.

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