TOP golfer Brendon de Jonge recorded his best year after qualifying for next year’s all four major championships — The Masters, US Open, PGA Championships and Open Championships — since he turned professional in 2003 to become Zimbabwe’s leading player for 2013. De jonge also took part in a European Tour event and finished fifth at the Nedbank Golf Challenge held in South Africa.
He also made it into the President Cup and took part in the World Cup golf which was a great feat that only the likes of Nick Price, Mark McNulty and Tony Jonestone have managed to achieve.
De Jonge started the year on a good note and at the end of it he had made US$1, 792 244 in earnings with four top 10 finishes 13 top 20 and only missing the cut five times out of 30 attempts and is now ranked 58th in the World.
In the Sunshine, Tour Ryan Cairns finished as the best local at the Zimbabwe Open held in April and had some decent outings in regional and local tours.
Cairns has since set his sights on returning to the Canadian Tour where he played in 2002.
The Royal Harare based professional managed some decent outings in the local Zambezi Tour where he finished the highest rated despite missing some events.
The Zambezi tour had difficulties in securing sponsorship which saw professionals taking part in seven events compared to 12 that were held last year.
Chapman Golf Club-bred amateur Scott Vincent in August won the Harare Amateur Championship by a record 17 shots when he had returned for a break from his United States base.
Vincent is currently on a golf scholarship at Virginia Tech University in the USA, the same institution that de Jonge attended.
After his return to Virgina Tech the former St Georges student broke countrymen de Jonge’s records on the US Collegiate circuit and he remains the best rated amateur on the continent according the world rankings where he is on position 19.
Zimbabwe Golf Association managed to draw several partners who they will be working with in the coming season after they incorporated University of Zimbabwe and Windhoek Lager.
Teenage junior golfer Sean Crocker was the highest placed amateur at the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open in April to assert himself as one for the future and has earned himself a golf scholarship at the University of Southern California.
Crocker had come to the event on an invitation slot after his performances in the United States proved his worth for him to make the cut.
Junior golfers had a good season as well with Stuart Krog and Travis Smith attending the Orange Bowl after they were the best placed juniors on the order of merit.
It was also an eventful period for the Zimbabwe Ladies Golf Union where a lot was happening and the year started with the resignation of former president Marita Kahwema, after serving just half of her term of office.
The resignation saw Nancy Dube taking over on an acting capacity and soon become the president after the annual general meeting.