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Zimbabwe junior golfers eye title defence in Zambia

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HOLDERS Zimbabwe will be aiming to maintain their dominance at the Four-Nation Junior Golf Championships in Zambia despite fielding a development team for the regional quadrangular tournament which tees off at Lusaka Golf Club tomorrow.

BY DANIEL NHAKANISO

A team of six junior golfers namely Justin Kersten, Donald Kadzerange, Irvin Nembaware, David Amm, Tare Fundira and Brendan Sly will represent the country at the championships which will run until Thursday.

Mike Baylis, who runs the Zimbabwe Junior Golf Association’s development programmes, is the coach while Craig Sly is the team manager.

The country’s top junior golfers including the US-bound duo of Travis Smith and Stuart Krog, Mbongeni Maphosa and Mbongeni Maphosa among
others have been rested to give a chance to other development players.

Zimbabwe has won all eight previous editions of regional championships which also feature junior golfers from hosts Zambia, Botswana and Malawi.
Brian Maphosa, the Zimbabwe Junior Golf Association president said he was confident the development team would do well at the regional championships.

“This used to be Tri Nations tournament played between Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi before Botswana joined the tournament. Zimbabwe has done very well, winning all previous tournaments in the last 8 years or so.

“The executive, therefore, decided to send its ‘next in line’ team as part of preparing them as the future mainstay of the country’s juniors and we are confident that the team will deliver the goods as it has done over the years.

Meanwhile, US-bound top junior golfer, Stuart Krog has started the junior golf season on a high, winning, Nomads Under-23 and the Zimbabwe Junior Strokeplay Championship last week.

The promising junior golfer won the 36-hole Nomads Under-23 tourney at the Harare Country on a score of one-under par on December 8 ahead of Pride Sembo and Kersten.

He followed it up with a much convincing win at the Zimbabwe Junior Strokeplay Championship Borrowdale Brooke played over 72 holes on Monday and Tuesday, carding rounds of 69-69-68-66 to finish two shots ahead of Kieran Vincent.

Krog will represent the country at the Doral Junior Golf Classic and the Orange Bowl Golf Championship in the US last month.

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