David Amm begins US sojourn

HARARE - Rising Zimbabwean amateur golfer David Amm will today take part at the Greg Norman Junior Invitational tournament in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in the United States.

Amm flew out to the US on Sunday after receiving a sponsorship package from Nomads Zimbabwe.

A number of members from Amm’s home course Chapman Golf Club also chipped in to make the trip possible. 

The tournament to be held at the Barefoot Resort and Golf is the first of three Amm will take part in while in the US.

The tournament, organised by Global Junior Golf, is held under the name of the game’s great player Norman, who won two British Open titles in 1986 and 1993.

It is a 54 hole World Amateur Golf Ranking ranked stroke play event that has a maximum of 72 players. 

Straight after the tournament, Amm will fly to Miami to take part in the South Beach International Amateur (SBIA) which starts on Monday and will run until next Thursday.

The SBIA is an open tournament to 210 of the world’s top ranked amateur golfers.

SBIA co-founder and executive director Jeff Hunt said: “As has always been the case at the SBIA, all players who made the cut in 2015 will be given conditional exemptions.

“With over 85 percent of previous ranked players coming back to play the SBIA annually, it is obvious that spots in the field will go quickly and field strength will grow dramatically.”

Amm will remain in Miami to take part in the 53rd Junior Orange Bowl which starts on December 27 to 30 at the Biltmore Golf Course.

This will be the second year he takes part in the tournament after finishing in 31st place in 2015.

Nearly 100 of the world’s best amateur players will vie to join the likes of Tiger Woods and Lexi Thompson as champions of this prestigious tournament.

The late Zimbabwean golf prodigy, Lewis Chitengwa, won the 1992 edition of the Junior Orange Bowl ahead of Woods.

Amm’s mother Pam, paid tribute to Nomads for making her son’s trip a reality.

“We are delighted they have paid for the tickets. I really hope he will do well and improve on from last year,” she said.

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