Zimbabwe’s select Junior Boys Golf Team came second yesterday (26 March 2016) to South Africa at the recently concluded All Africa Junior Golf Challenge. Team Zimbabwe’s second place finish on the El Kantaoui Golf Course in Sousse, Tunisia, has qualified them to participate in the Toyota Junior Golf World Championships which will take place in Nagoya, Japan in June. The team of four junior golfers finished the four day tournament yesterday with 915 points behind South Africa who won convincingly with a low score of 872.
Homeschooled David Amm scored the best for Zimbabwe, finishing in fourth place with fairly consistent scores of 77, 74, 76, and 74 for a four day total of 301 points. Close behind him was St John’s College student Kieren Vincent who earned fifth place with a a total of 303 strokes after four days including an under par day of 70, scoring with 78,70,80,75. Falcon College’s Justin Kersten finished eighth in the tournament of 36 golfers with a total score of 313 strokes, with off and on days on the green with scores of 82, 75, 83 and 73. Bekithemba Ndlovu rounded off the team, finishing eleventh with 319 strokes in a pattern of 81, 76, 82, and 80.
The All Africa Junior Golf Challenge included nine teams of four golfers each, with the top three scores daily counting toward the overall team score. Zimbabwe was in a strong lead on the first two days, but suffered a poor showing on Day 3, when third place finisher Morocco closed the gap between second and third by sixteen points. The Zimbabwe boys recovered on the final day of the tournament to retain a strong hold on second place and thus world cup qualification.
The other teams in the All Africa tournament included South Africa (1st), Morocco (3rd), hosts Tunisia (4th), Egypt (5th), Kenya (6th), Uganda (7th), Zambia (8th) and Nigeria (9th).
Vincent, Kersten and Amm all took part in the 2015 version of the Toyota World Junior Championships and will return this summer with solid experience, hoping to better their last year’s team 12th place finish.