TEENAGE golf sensation Kieran Vincent continued to fight a lone battle for Zimbabwe at the ongoing Toyota Junior Golf World Cup in Japan after shooting an impressive two-under-par 69 score in the third round yesterday.
BY MUNYARADZI MADZOKERE
However, his efforts were in vain as Zimbabwe continues to anchor the 15-team standings, five shots behind their nearest rivals Brazil, as the young golfer’s teammates continue to misfire at Chukyo Golf Club’s Ishino Course.
It was Vincent’s second consecutive under-par score following his one-under 70 on Wednesday which saw him tie for 11 on the overall individual ladder with one round to go before the tournament concludes.
Vincent, who overcame a back injury prior to this competition, is well within reach of his personal target of finishing in the top 10 out of a total of 60 young golfers at the event.
The 17-year-old continues to establish himself among the top young players on the globe after he put up a spirited display to finish sixth on debut at the 51st Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship in Coral Gables, Florida, United States, on New Year’s Day this year.
The Zimbabwe team yesterday shot another round of +5 bringing the team’s overall score to +17 for the three rounds while Brazil remain in 14th with an overall tally of +12.
Captain Jack Allard recorded three-over-par 74, his best contribution to date, while Justin Kersten — who struggled at the event last year — carded four-over-par 75 with David Amm finding the going tough with a six-over-par 77 tally.
Defending champions Norway, who were sitting pretty at the top before yesterday’s round, find themselves in third behind Sweden and hosts Japan respectively.
Sweden carry a four-shot advantage over both Japan and Norway with an overall score of -16 and are hot favourites to be crowned champions going into today’s final round.