Zim duo set for Asian Tour

05 Aug, 2022 - 00:08 0 Views
Zim duo set for Asian Tour Scott Vincent

The Herald

Takudzwa Chitsiga-Sports Reporter

 ZIMBABWE will be well represented in the upcoming Asian Tour golf tournaments with Scott Vincent and Ben Follet-Smith taking part in next week’s International Series Singapore, and the International Series Korea, the following week.

The International Series Singapore will be played at the Tampines Course at Tanah Merah Country Club from August 11-14, while the Lotte Skyhill Jeju Country Club will host the International Series Korea, from August 18-21. Vincent, the country’s leading professional golfer, will be part of the field and hoping to improve his order of merit chances where he is currently lying fourth by making the cut.

The former Virginia Tech University student missed the cut by a single shot in his last outing at The Open when he was given a shot penalty after opening rounds of 69 and 76 for a total 145. 

Vincent first showed his enormous potential in 2018 when he was fifth on the Asian Tour Order of Merit after finishing in the top 10 nine times, including three runner-up finishes.  He earned his Asian Tour card in 2016 via Qualifying School and is currently the only Zimbabwean playing on Tour. 

In early June 2022, Vincent recorded his breakthrough Asian Tour victory at the inaugural International Series England, his second victory in two weeks. 

The previous week he had won the Gate Way To The Open Mizuno Open on the Japan Golf Tour Organisation, his third victory on that tour, a win that also qualified the Zimbabwean for The Open Championship and his first major. 

Follet-Smith, on the other hand, will be bubbling with confidence after he won the Gokomere Open at Chapman on Friday.

The former Mississippi University student Follet-Smith believes he will have a good outing in Asia.

Ben Follet-Smith

“I am ready for the challenge considering the way I have been playing. We are now having tournaments back home which gives us confidence and game time.

“There is competition everywhere and playing at some big events like in the Asian Tour is good. I hope we will have more players making it to the big stage,” said Follet-Smith.

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