RISING Zimbabwean golfer Kieran Vincent recorded his best finish on the PGA TOUR Canada following a solid tie for 14th position at the Prince Edward Island Open presented by IMP Solutions on Sunday.
Playing in only his third tournament since joining professional, the Liberty University graduate carded rounds of 67, 73, 69 and 67 at the Dundarave Golf Course for a tournament total of 12-under-par-276.
He finished seven shots behind American Brian Carlson, who carded a closing 65 to claim his maiden title since turning professional four years ago.
This was Vincent’s best finish on the PGA TOUR Canada so far while he has also now shot 67 six times in his first three outings, quite a remarkable feat for a rookie on tour.
He finished T34 at last week’s ATB Classic presented by Volvo Edmonton and T31 on his pro debut at the Royal Beach Victoria Open presented by Times Colonist early last month.
Kieran is the younger brother of Zimbabwe’s leading professional golfer Scott, who recently earned a spot on the lucrative LIV Golf Invitational Series following back-to-back wins on the Asian Tour and the Japan Golf Tour early this season.
The gifted Zimbabwean golfer’s solid week on the PGA Tour Canada came in the same week he was recognised for his impressive final season with the Liberty University golf team before joining the paid ranks.
Vincent was named the 2022 Virginia Sports Information Director’s (VaSID) Golfer of the Year for the second consecutive season in addition to being named to the all-state first team.
He finished up his six-year career with the Flames by leading the team during the 2021-22 season with a 71.36 stroke average. He also paced the team with five top-10 finishes, including a trio of top-five performances.
The Harare-born golfer also led the Liberty Univerity Flames at the NCAA Men’s Golf National Championship, finishing the event tied for 55th place. Vincent played 23-of-36 rounds at par or better (63.9 percent) and posted six sub-70 rounds.
Vincent finished his career at Liberty as the program’s all-time leader in career stroke average (71.71).
He also leaves the programme as its all-time career leader in rounds played (159), career birdies (531), career rounds at par or better (85) and career counting scores rounds (140 — 140-of-159/88.1 percent).
The Zimbabwean’s impressive collegiate record and the experience he gained will serve him well as he makes his first foray into professional golf. And judging by his solid start in Canada he appears well on his way to a rewarding career. Two straight major tournament wins right before making the trip to Scotland for the R&A Junior Open Championship is about the biggest confidence boost imaginable. — PGA TOUR Canada/ZimSportLive