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Zimbabwe golfers rally behind Vincent


By Munyaradzi Madzokere

THE Zimbabwe golf fraternity has thrown its weight behind the country’s first Olympic golfer Scott Vincent by paying a courtesy call to his father Derek Vincent at their Milton Park home yesterday afternoon.

Vincent is one of the five athletes representing Zimbabwe at the Tokyo Olympics and is scheduled to take to the tee on Thursday.

The purpose of the visit by the Zimbabwe Golf Association (ZGA) in cohorts with Zimbabwe Professional Golfers Association (ZPGA)to the Vincent home was to show appreciation to the family for producing a top-notch golf ambassador in Scott as well as present a Zimbabwe and ZGA flag to the father.

ZGA vice-president Martin Chikwanha led the five member delegation that also included treasurer Clayton Kazembe, marketing and communication Ephraim Mashingaidze, administrator Tirivashe Nheweyembwa and ZPG secretary-general Simon Murungweni.

“We are here as a result of Scott’s achievement. He is the first golfer from Zimbabwe to qualify for the Olympics. He has us proud as a nation and as ZGA we have seen it fit to recognise and celebrate that achievement,” Chikwanha said.

“We hope that this achievement is the first of many that Scott is going to achieve. We have decided to come and thank Derek Vincent for his contribution in raising a wonderful golfer.

“We also want to pass a message to Scott that the entire country will be rallying behind you, come July 29, the entire country will be tuning in,” he added.

Scott Vincent, who plays in the European and Asian Tours finished 51st in the qualifying event to be among the 60 golfer to make it to the Tokyo Games.

Played as a 72-hole stroke play tournament, Olympic golf for men is scheduled to run from July 29 to August 1 at the Kasumigaseki Country Club.

“We are very proud of Scott for his hard work and all that he has achieved. Obviously, the Olympics is something very special and for him to have gotten there is quite an achievement for and the country,” Scott’s father Derek Vincent said.

“On behalf of Scott, I would like to thank everyone who have helped him to get to where he is today. And like you I am looking forward to the 29th and hoping that he can do the country proud.

“My advise to him is you can only do your best and that is all we want. As long as you know that you have done all you can to try and bring home a medal, that is all we can ask for,” he said.

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