Takudzwa Chitsiga Sports Reporter
STUART Krog proved that he is the best local junior golfer when he finished tied on position 13 at the Orange Bowl Invitational Tournament at Biltmore Golf Course in Coral Cables, United States. The 17-year-old St George’s College student was at one point in the top 10 after the first round, which he finished on two-under-par 69 before returning a level par.
Krog, whose elder brother Bret, represented the country at the same event last year, had a bad day in office in the third round where he carded a three-over-par 75.
The outing was not bad for the players who were competing for the first time and playing against the world’s best juniors.
Krog finished tied with Adrien Michellod of Switzerland and Jose Montano of Bolivia while Italian Renato Paratore led on eight-under-par.
Krog’s countrymen Travis Smith, found the going tough after he carded 77, 76 and 78 for a total 231 and finished tied on position 35. The Borrowdale Brooke-based junior player was tied with Miami Lakes’ Matthew Mourin after the three competitive rounds.
The duo will return home and feature in several events lined up in Harare and Mutare in a space of a week.
The Future Masters tournament will be the first local junior event at Royal Harare Golf Club on January 5.
After the Future Masters, the young golfers are then scheduled to move across town to Chapman Golf Club for the Ray Straker Junior Golf Championships set for January 6-7.
The annual tournament, which is held in memory of golfer Ray Straker, will see several local junior golfers taking part as they battle for top honours.
A hectic golfing week will be completed with the staging of the Leopard Rock Junior Championship at the picturesque resort on January 9 before the programme ends with the last event, the Hillside Junior in Mutare.