Zim golf future bright

HARARE - Zimbabwe has a good chance of making an impact on the world golf scene judging by the performance of young golfers at the just-ended Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open championship.

South African Lyle Rowe put in a great final round performance of five-under-par 67 to win the tournament after flying under the radar in the first three days.

However, Zimbabwe’s Scott Vincent finished a credible fifth place just four shots behind Rowe to give the home supporters plenty to cheer.

The last local golfer to win the Zimbabwe Open is Mark McNulty, who claimed the title way back in 2000.

Since then, South African golfers have dominated the tournament while local golfers have played second fiddle.

Vincent is however, convinced that Zimbabwean golfers will break the jinx in the near future.

“This was my first time playing this tournament as a pro and obviously I’m very happy. This is a top 10 finish for me and it’s great to have a Zimbabwean flag up there,” the 23-year-old said.

“Hopefully in the next few years we can get one of them (Zimbabweans) holding the trophy. Obviously this is a home tournament, home course, home crowd and home everything so you wanna (sic) do well.

“I’m sure in the future we will get a Zimbabwean champion.”

Vincent’s young brother Kieran finished the tournament as the highest placed amateur with a score of four-over 292.

“I’m really thankful and I think this achievement will put me in good stead for the future,” the 18-year-old said.

“From the beginning I was hanging the ball well in the air throughout the tournament, I just struggled a bit today (Sunday) but it was just waiting for my time.”

Local amateur David Amm, 16, also made the cut for the tournament and finished in last place with a score of 15-over-par 303. Considering his age, this is a welcome experience for the teenager, who was playing in his third Zimbabwe Open.

However, just like most sports in the country golf will always be affected by  lack of funds.

Zimbabwe is currently experiencing a liquidity crunch with companies downsizing and inevitably their commitment towards sports heavily reduced.

Before the Zimbabwe Open, the only tournament local golfers had taken part in was the Hwange Open staged last October.

“Professional golf is quite expensive. Right now the only help I’m getting is from Srixon; that’s one company that is outside of Zimbabwe,” Scott Vincent said.

“We would love to have a local company supporting a local boy but when the time is right it will happen.”

Comments (1)

Zim golf future bright? Maybe for the two guys mentioned in this story. The others were terrible. Scores of + 18, +20 over two days are not good enough.

jake - 19 April 2016

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