Sixteen year old David Amm has impressed the adult field he has competed against in the African Amateur Golf Teams Championship at Limuru Country Club in Kenya this week (12-15 October 2015). Amm and his three adult teammates brought Zimbabwe to a third place team finish in the field of 14 national teams. Second youngest in the tournament of 56 golfers only to a fifteen year old student athlete from Egypt, Amm was a pivotal member of the Zimbabwean team and finished the tournament in a respectable eighth place.
Amm scored a 76 on the first day of competition, with Zimbabwe ending Day 1 in a disappointing fifth place. On the second day of play, Amm cut a shot off his score for a 75 and Team Zimbabwe moved up the table to third. The third day of play, Wednesday (14 October), was the most thrilling, with Amm leading his team as the strongest player of the day, with an impressive 70 shot play; Zimbabwe ended Day 3 at the top of the table in first place.
Yesterday, however, the final day of the championships, the pressure got to Amm and team. He was disappointed with himself for a 78 score, the highest of his four days, and his teammates followed suit. Thus, Zimbabwe slipped back from the elusive Day 3 first place berth to finish third with 892 points. Hosts Kenya edged them out for second place by only two shots with a score of 890. South Africa once again won the tournament with a total of 872 points.
The tale of the young accomplished golfer is an intriguing one. Amm has always been homeschooled, and neither he nor his parents started out with any intention of his becoming an amateur or professional golfer on the international stage. Just shy of his eleventh birthday, Amm was searching for a way to be part of any sport as a homeschooled student; there never were enough kids in the homeschooling community, however, to make up teams for cricket, soccer, rugby or basketball. His mother stumbled upon an advert for golf lessons and signed him up.
Golfers immediately saw Amm’s talent, and he was gifted a set of clubs at age 11 by his first coach. The rest is history. He feels his biggest accomplishment so far was qualifying for the Zimbabwe Open at the tender age of 14. Amm currently trains under Roger Baylis at Chapman Golf Club. We look forward to watching this bright light in Zimbabwe’s amateur golf scene progress.