Takudzwa Chitsiga Sports Reporter
KIEREN Vincent defied the odds to win the Ray Stracker Under-23 golf tournament at Chapman yesterday. Vincent, who is the younger brother of Africa’s top amateur Scott, managed to win with a gross score of 292 to beat 41 other participants. The Chapman player was in fine form as he battled against some top players in the annual tournament, who included foreigners from South Africa.
Stuart Krog, who won the Junior Masters, continued with his fine run as he came out in second place.
The national team player, who returned home from the Orange Bowl and was the pre-tournament favourite, could only manage second place. The Chapman golfer carded 75, 81, 73 and 70 to improve from last year when he finished sixth. Thembelani Vundhla finished third after carding 74, 78, 79 and 72 in the four rounds while Gerald Zilo Shwabane maintained the fourth place he got last year when he finished tied with Jack Allad.
Last year’s runner-up Clive Nguru completed the top five. Tournament organising committee member, Nkazimulo Ndlovu, said they were happy with the way things turned out.
“The tournament was a success and we saw a lot of potential in the Under-23s.
“We are happy that the rains did not disturb us,” said Ndlovu. The ground was wet and Chapman was very challenging the players did very well considering the conditions.
Meanwhile, the same junior golfers will be on the road today and this time they are heading to Mutare where they will take part in the Leopard Rock Open set for tomorrow and Friday.