Vincent defends golf title

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Zimbabwe’s leading amateur golfer, Scott Vincent, beat Nyasha Muyambo to successfully defend his FBC Zimbabwe Amateur Open Championship at Chapman Golf Club on Sunday.

The young sensation lived up to his billing as the country’s top amateur golfer with a closing 69 to finish at five-under-par 283, two shots ahead of Muyambo at the three day event in which 120 golfers took to the course on Friday.

Vincent trailed Muyambo by two shots after 36 holes after scores of 73 and 69. Muyambo had got off to a flier with opening two rounds of 72 and 68.

However, the young golfer nicknamed “Mhondoro” by his Chapman Golf Club peers due to his exploits on the golf course, rallied back with two solid final rounds of 72 and 69 to pip Muyambo who could not rediscover his earlier form.

Muyambo closed with rounds of 73 and 72 in his final two rounds to finish second while Clive Nguru (Jr) finished a distant third, five shots over par with a score of 297 after rounds of 74, 76, 74 and 73.

Vincent, who is set to leave for a golf scholarship in the US later this year, has now successfully won the last two editions of the tournament after pipping compatriot Gary Bentley last year.

“It is such a great feeling to defend this title and joining a few great players like Lewis Chitengwa and Steve Baylis who have managed to do it before.

“The tournament was very well organised and I just want to thank the sponsors FBC for coming up with sponsorship for this tournament.

“The course was also in very good condition unlike recently when it has been a bit up and down and I would also want to thank the hosting club, Chapman, for preparing such a beautiful course,” said Vincent.

The young golfing sensation also revealed to NewsDay Sport that he was going to take a rest with a brief holiday in South Africa before he takes part in upcoming tournaments in that country.

Meanwhile Zimbabwe’s only professional golfer on the US PGA Tour, Brendon de Jonge, finished with a disastrous final round 75 to slip down the leaderboard from a tie for third to 21st in the Heritage tournament at Town Golf Links, in South Carolina on Sunday.

De Jonge looked on the verge of his debut win on the US PGA Tour on Saturday after finishing tied for third after 52 holes with a 54-hole total of nine-under-par 204 after impressive rounds of 67,71 and 66.

The burly Zimbabwean professional was just two shots adrift of overnight leader Luke Donald who eventually lost to American Brandt Snedeker, who came from six shots to win after a playoff.