THE 19th edition of the All-Africa Junior Golf Championship tees off at Chainama Hills Golf Club in Lusaka this morning with Zimbabwe’s leading junior golfers hoping to end South Africa’s dominance of the continental junior team competition.
The prestigious junior team championship will showcase the talent of southern Africa’s finest junior golfers from countries such as Zambia, South Africa, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Swaziland, Uganda, Namibia and Mauritius.
Zimbabwe will be represented by the country’s under-19 players Stuart Krog, Jack Allard, Justin Kersten and Kieran Vincent, while Bulawayo-based teaching professional Philip Tshuma will be the coach.
The format of the 72-hole championship is stroke play, with the best three scores per country to count towards their total in each round.
Zimbabwe will head to Zambia with high hopes of going one better than their silver medal standing achieved last year at Le Touessrok Golf Course in Port Louis, Mauritius.
Meanwhile, South Africa, who have won 15 titles in the competition’s 19-year history, yesterday expressed their confidence of maintaining their dominance.
The South African Under-19 side includes Hennie du Plessis from Limpopo, Southern Cape’s Jovan Rebula, Altin van der Merwe from the Western Province and Ekurhuleni’s Kyle McClatchie.
“The team is determined to emulate the side that claimed a 58 shot victory over Zimbabwe at Le Touessrok in Mauritius last year,” said team manager, Kevin Stone in an interview with the South African Golf Association website.
“One thing is for certain; the boys have done the work and they are ready for the challenge ahead. All four players have proven their individual prowess and team playing abilities this season.
“Hennie, Kyle and Jovan have all held the number one spot in the South African Golf Association’s Junior Rankings at one point or other this season, while Altin has vaulted into the top five with some superb performances. I definitely believe they are up to the task ahead.”
Yesterday, the participating teams held their practice rounds in morning before the flag lowering and official opening later in the day.