The national junior golf team is representing Zimbabwe this week at the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup in Japan. The team, comprising Captain Jack Allard, Justin Kersten, David Amm, and Kieren Vincent, are joined by Head of Delegation Brian Maphosa and Coach Simon Murungweni. Having arrived over the weekend, the boys witnessed the tournament’s opening ceremony on Monday (15 June) and are ready for the tournament which runs for four rounds of 72 stroke play from June 16-19.
Although Allard and Amm have not participated in the Junior World Cup before, teammates Vincent and Kersten played in the 2014 version; the team is banking on their knowledge of and experience on the course to aid. The Toyota Championships operates on a four-players-count-three format whereby the three top scores out of each team of four golfers will count toward the overall team score.
15 boys’ teams competing in Toyota, Japan, all who qualified through regional competitions: Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Italy, hosts Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, South Africa, Sweden, USA and Zimbabwe. Eight girls teams will take part as well, but with only South Africa representing the African continent in the girls’ category.
Team Zimbabwe qualified for the Junior Golf World Cup when they beat out Kenya and Zambia, among other relatively strong national golf sides on the continent, to emerge second only to South Africa at the All Africa Junior Golf Challenge in Zambia in May of this year.