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Vincent off to flying start at Puerto Rico Classic


ZIMBABWE’S number one ranked amateur golfer Scott Vincent continued his spectacular run of form after storming to the top of the leaderboard after the opening round of the 2015 Puerto Rico Classic at Rio Mar Golf Course in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, on Sunday.


The Puerto Rico Classic, which will run until Thursday features one of the strongest fields in United States collegiate golf.

Vincent carded a solid round of five-under-par 67 to hold a two-stroke lead over a five-player group at three-under 69 that includes Nicholas Reach, Sepp Straka, Miller Capps, Alabama’s Robby Shelton and Grant Hirschman.

The 22-year-old Chapman Golf Club prodigy, who returned to the US recently after spending his holidays in the country, fired seven birdies and two bogeys in the round.

Vincent’s impressive display lifted the Virginia Tech men’s golf team to third place in the team competition at the Puerto Rico Classic with an opening round total of 1-under-par 287.

Vincent told NewsDay Sport that he is hoping for a strong finish to both his studies and his college golf career before considering joining the paid ranks.

“I have one more semester left and finish in May. I want to make sure that I do well and pass all my classes. My other goal is to make sure I do well in all the tournaments I will take part in to set myself up for what lies ahead,” Vincent said.

“Yes, I have been thinking about the next step in golf, it’s not finalised yet but there’s a thought to turn pro once I get done with my studies. I’m thinking of staying in America because I’ve got used to all the courses there. I feel it will give me a good opportunity to grow my game and take it to the next level,” he said.

Vincent had a sterling year on the US Collegiate scene last year where he scooped a number of top honours before becoming the first ever Virginia Tech University player to be named a first team All American.

On his return to the country Vincent showed why he is rated very highly in the US after coasting to a 16-shot victory in the season-opening Dugmore Trophy at Bulawayo Golf Club, carding impressive rounds of 64, 66, 69 and 68 for a 21-under par 275 total.

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