The Zimbabwe Junior Golf Team came home from Nagoya Japan, short of their goal of bettering their 2015 12th place performance. Humbled by the high level of international play at the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup, the Zimbabwean team of four high school students finished the four day tournament 14th out of the 15th participating teams.
David Amm had the strongest result of the Zimbabwean side, finishing in tied 28th place out of the pool of 60 golfers, steadily improving his performance on each successive day, scoring 76-73-68-69 for an aggregate of 286 to and +2 score. St John’s College’s Kieren Vincent finished in tied 40th, fairly consistent across his four days of golf, but with a disappointing final day to score 292 or +8 over par, broken down as 72-73-72-75.
Justin Kersten of Falcon College tied for 52nd place with a 300 overall score of +16, 75-75-76-74 over the four days of the tournament. The fourth member of the team, Bekithemba Ndlovu, finished tied in 57th place with a 303 total score, or +19 par, after a strong start, for 73-76-78-76.
As the four are finishing their high school junior golfing careers this year, next year Zimbabwe will have to bring a fresh and relatively inexperienced team through the qualification stages if they are again to qualify for the Jr Golf World Cup.