Zimbabwe’s Junior Golf Team made a last day comeback at the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup to finish in 12th place in the 15 team tournament at the Chukyo Golf Club in Japan.
After a slow start that kept them securely in last place of the tournament throughout the first three days of the tournament, the four man team hit a fantastic collective -4 par last round to edge past China, Brazil and Italy and finish in twelfth place. Zimbabwe’s final team score was +16 over par for 868 points on the leaderboard, a marked improvement over their +33 over par last place finish in last year’s championship.
St John’s College student Kieran Vincent was the top Zimbabwean golfer in the tournament who scored 71-70-69-71 in four rounds for an overall -3 par, missing the top ten by a single stroke and finishing tied in 13th place of the 60 golfers. Teammate Justin Kersten of Falcon College was a distant second from Zimbabwe with an overall +10 and finishing tied in 44th place.
Teammate 16 year old David Amm shot an impressive 70 stroke, -1 final round to move from 56th place after round 3 to finish 50th in the tournament. Team Captain Falcon student Jack Allard finished in 58th place with a +19 overall score.
South Africa, the other African team in the World Cup, finished in 8th place with an aggregate 851 points, -1 under par. The Junior Golf World Cup was won convincingly by hosts Japan with an overall -25 par, with Sweden in 2nd, South Korea in 3rd and the USA in 4th.
Zimbabwe returns home, not only with a better overall and individual performance than in 2014, but also with solid experience and preparation for next year’s tournament, proof that junior golf development in Zimbabwe is paying off.