ZIMBABWE’S leading junior golfers Kieran Vincent and David Amm will test themselves against some of Africa’s finest amateur golfers after being selected to represent the country in the prestigious Africa Amateur Golf Teams Championship to be held in Kenya next month.
BY DANIEL NHAKANISO
The eighth edition of the biennial African Amateur Golf Teams Championship will take place from October 12-16 at the Limuru Country Club in Nairobi, Kenya.
The duo of Vincent and Amm were part of the junior golf team which helped Zimbabwe to one of their best performances at the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup in Japan three months ago.
Having continued to impress on the local amateur circuit, the juniors earned their place in the squad by virtue of their positions on the Zimbabwe Golf Association Order of Merit Standings.
They join Visitor Mapwanya, who leads the standings and recently crowned Zimbabwe Amateur Champion Robson Chinhoi while Tonderai Masunga is the non-travelling reserve.
ZGA development officer Boniface Chigorimbo told NewsDay Sport that the team had been selected based on the current ZGA Oder of Merit Standings.
“The squad was selected based on the Order of Merit Standings. I think it is a strong squad with a mixture of experienced players and youngsters who I’m confident will put on a good performance,” he said.
“Stuart Krog and Jack Allard could have qualified based on the standings but as you know they recently moved to America on golf scholarships and won’t be able to come for the Africa Amateur Golf Teams Championship.”
More than 16 African countries are expected to take part in this continental golf tournament that has previously been hosted by South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, Uganda, Namibia and Egypt.
This year’s national team will be hoping to emulate the 2013 side which did the nation proud by finishing an impressive second behind South Africa at Ezulwini, Swaziland.
The squad was made up of Christian Mbanga (captain), Clive Nguru, Biggie Chibvuri and Thembelani Vundla, who have since all joined the professional ranks.
Nguru, one of the country’s golfing prospects was the best placed Zimbabwean, finishing an overall third place in individual ratings with a nine under par score.
The championship will be contested over four rounds of stroke play. Each team consists of four players, but only the best three scores per round will count toward the team total. The country with the lowest gross score at the end of the championship will be crowned the champions while there is also a prize for the overall individual winner.