Vincent relishes Asian Tour experience

HARARE - Zimbabwean golfer Scott Vincent is pleased with his decision of choosing the Asian Tour as a launch pad for his professional career after securing full playing rights for next year.

Vincent, who turned pro last year on the Sunshine Tour circuit, earned his 2016 Asian Tour card by finishing in sixth place at the Qualifying School in Thailand.

He went on to play in six tournaments and the 24-year-old finished in 28th place on the tour’s Order of Merit with a total purse of $136 182 as he did not miss a single cut playing in his first year on the circuit.

Vincent also emerged as the best performing rookies on Tour this season, thanks for two top-10 finishes, including a joint runner-up placing at the Shinhan Donghae Open in Korea in September. 

With his strong performances in those six tournaments, Vincent, who perfected his skills in the US after receiving a scholarship to attend Virginia Tech, earned full playing rights for the 2017 season on the Asian Tour.

“Playing well in Korea has helped to secure my card for next year. A friend asked me to try my luck out here on the Asian Tour. I didn’t really consider it at first but I am very glad I did. There are a few South African guys who play on this Tour and they speak very highly on it,” Vincent told the Asian Tour website yesterday.

“It’s a brand new experience for me this year, visiting new places and taking in all the sights and sound of what each country has to offer. It has obviously worked out very well for me and it’s setting me up very nicely for next year.”

Chinese Taipei’s Chan Shih-chang and India’s Chikkarangappa S. also had a memorable 2016 season after also coming through the Asian Tour Qualifying School.

Chan finished in a career-high fourth place on the money list following a season’s haul of $542 820.

“It has been a superb season for me. Those wins have given me a huge confidence boost. I went to the Qualifying School in January without thinking too much. I played well in tough conditions that week to make it through,” Chan told AsianTour.com

“I didn’t expect to cap such a great season. I am really happy with what I have achieved so far. I have worked really hard for it. It has been an exciting year, hopefully more good things will come in 2017. I will continue to strive for the better.”

Chikkarangappa enjoyed one of his best seasons in 2016 finishing in 27th position on the final Order of Merit.

“I have played well on the Asian Tour this year. I have come close to winning. I know my win will come soon,” Chikkarangappa said.

“I just have to stay patient. This season has given me a lot of confidence. My game has gotten better too, having put myself in contention for a couple of events.”

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