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Vincent, Muyambo struggle in SA

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Zimbabwean amateur golfers Scot Vincent and Nyasha Muyambo found the going tough at the 2011 South African Amateur Stroke Play Championships in South Africa which ended on Saturday.

The Chapman-based duo were the country’s only two representatives at the tournament which attracted 260 golfers including top amateurs from South Africa and Europe.

US-bound Vincent, who finished as the top-ranked local amateur on the Zimbabwe Golfers’ Association Order of Merit last year, finished a respectable 28th while Muyambo was a distant 67th.

After a poor first round in which he carded a six over par 78, Vincent came back with a solid second round six-under par 66 which brought him back into contention before finishing with level par 72 in the final two rounds for a par-total of 288.

In an interview with NewsDay Sport on Sunday, Vincent attributed the poor first round to failure to settle under difficult conditions at Mount Edgecombe Golf Course.

“My first round score was very disappointing. I have to admit that I took a while to settle down. The big international field also intimidated me as this was my first time at the big tournament. I came back strongly in the final three rounds. This was a big tournament. I was rubbing shoulders with the top amateur golfers in the world and I enjoyed it,” said Vincent.

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