Takudzwa Chitsiga Sports Reporter
UNITED States-based Zimbabwean golf sensation Scott Vincent will have a crack at the 2014 Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open from April10-13 at Royal Harare.The county’s leading amateur is one of the beneficiaries of five invitations extended to golfers at the discretion of the Zimbabwe Open Golf Committee.
Currently Vincent is ranked 46th on the world amateur rankings.
According to the hookies sports Vincent entered the 2014 spring first in all-time scoring at Virginia Tech with a 72.07 average after having led the team in scoring in the fall with a 69.71 average.
Vincent went on to set a school record with three individual victories for the season – the Golfweek Conference Challenge, VCU Shootout and Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate.
He finished fourth at the Brickyard Collegiate and was named Golfweek Player of the Week twice during the fall and was selected the ACC Player of the Month for September
Last year another United States-based amateur Sean Crocker benefited from the slot and made the cut as he emerged as the best amateur.
Vincent is not new to tournaments of such magnitude after he took part in the 2012 edition of the Zimbabwe Open and represented the country in several junior and amateur events, including the Orange Bowl, where he came in 11th place.
Earlier this month Vincent was ranked seventh in the United States college ranks by Golfstat.com and 17th by Golfweek.
This year Crocker will not take part in the event as he has other commitments during the period which the Zimbabwe Open will be held.
Meanwhile, 16 local professionals who finished as leaders of the Zambezi tour order of merit last year will automatically enter the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open on an exemption.
The other locals, who fell out of the top 16, will have to battle it out in the pre-qualifiers set for Chapman with only nine slots available.