THE Zimbabwe Junior Golf team clinched the Three Nations Challenge played at the Elephant Hills Golf resort last week.
Zimbabwe sealed the win on Friday morning of the 2013 Three Nations Challenge by winning a total of nine-and-a-half points out of a possible 12.
The lead out three players for Zimbabwe, Shaahid Mahmed, Jack Allard, and Travis Smith, managed to claim five out of the first six points available to the first three seedings. Although the scores were not great, the match results were convincing, and put the Zimbabwe team into an insurmountable position by going seven points clear of second-placed Kenya, who by that stage were only able to claim a further six points, assuming all their remaining matches went their way.
The top three seeded Zimbabweans were not yet done with the points tally though, and amassed another four-and-a-half points out of a possible six to cement the dominant performance they had throughout the whole week. Only six of the 18 total players managed to keep their scores in the 70’s. Low round of the day award went to Zimbabwe’s Stuart Krog, who carded a 1 over par 73, and added a further two points to the Zimbabwe total with that performance. Second best gross of the day went to Kenya’s Daniel Nduva who carded a three over par 75.
All, but one of Kenya’s players managed to bag at least one point each to keep them well ahead of third-placed Namibia, but unfortunately still too far away from the Zimbabwe total. Adel Balala and Daniel Nduva were the standout’s for the Kenyan team, managing to grab a maximum points from their matches respectively.
Namibia had a tough last day with only two of their players winning any points, Stefanus Bonifatus and Neil Theron. The other matches went the way of either the Zimbabweans or Kenyans.
The overall points standings saw Zimbabwe standout in front, claiming the inaugural 2013 Three Nations Golf Challenge on 32 and a half points. Kenya never managed to get to a position where they could be a threat to the larger total of Zimbabwe, and only managed to climb to 24 points. Namibia finished in third, well behind the other two nations, getting to a total of 15-and-a-half points.