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Zimbabwe golf’s year of triumph


The year 2013 was a successful one for Zimbabwe golf.

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It was Brendon de Jong’s best year after qualifying for next year’s all four major championships: the Masters, US Open, PGA Championships and Open Championships.

Early this month he finished fifth at the Nedbank Golf Challenge which is a European Tour event.

Chapman Golf Club-bred armature Scott Vincent in August won the Harare Amateur Championship by a record 17 shots.

He is currently on a golf scholarship at Virginia Tech University in the USA, the same institution that De Jong attended.

He is a future prospect who so far has been breaking De Jong’s records on the US Collegiate circuit.

Teenage golfer Sean Crocker was the highest placed armature at the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open in April to assert himself as one for the future.

Crocker, who is son to former Zimbabwe Test cricketer Gary, earned himself a golf scholarship at the University of Southern California.
Former Kyokushin world champion Samson Muripo claimed bronze at the world championships in Bulgaria in October to be named Zimbabwe Sportsperson of the Year.

Olympic rower Micheen Thornycroft was the biggest achiever of the year in the aquatic discipline after storming into the world top 10 women’s single sculls.

She raced at the World Cup in Australia and had training camps in Italy and Germany before participation at the World Championships in South Korea where she made it into the world top 10.

She claimed gold at the African championships in the single sculls in Tunisia as well as double sculls with Daniella du Toit who then qualified for next year’s Youth Olympic Games (YOG).

Teenage sensation Kyle Hind also qualified for YOG to be held in Nanjing, China next August after a scintillating outing at the Tunisian Regatta.

Peter Purcell-Gilpin, who has already started in the seniors, also had a good outing at the World Championships in the men’s single sculls and was named Junior Sportsman of the Year.

Young Faber Lauchlan came second to Purcell-Gilpin in the Junior Sportsman accolade.

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