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Vincent finishes fifth in Puerto Rico


ZIMBABWE’S leading amateur golfer Scott Vincent continued his fine form on the US collegiate golf circuit after helping the Virginia Tech University men’s golf team to a commendable fifth place finish at the Puerto Rico Classic on Tuesday.


The Puerto Rico Classic which attracted 75 players from 15 universities in the US was played at the River Course at the Rio Mar Beach Resort&Spa in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico from Sunday to Tuesday.

Vincent, who has three victories on this season, was Virginia Tech’s leading performer as he carded 71-70-71 to finish in a tie for 16th place individually on four under-par 21.

The 21-year-old rising star finished eight strokes behind co-medalists Miller Capps of Clemson University and Robby Shelton of Alabama after he shot one under-par 71 on Tuesday.

Vincent, who is in the running for the prestigious Ben Hogan Award and the Haskins Award, finished under-par in all three rounds in the tournament.

The Virginia Tech men’s golf team shot a three-round total of nine under-par 855 having shot 289 in Sunday’s first round, followed by a four under-par 284 on Monday.

The Hokies, as the Virginia Tech men’s golf team is affectionately known then shot a six under-par 282 in Tuesday’s final round, tied for the fourth-best round of the day.

Tech was seventh after the opening round, improved to sixth place after 36 holes and improved on the final day to finish fifth overall.

Eventual champions, the University of Alabama, led all three rounds and won its fourth consecutive Puerto Rico Classic with a three-day total of 45 under-par 274, four strokes better than Georgia Tech. Georgia was third at 835 and Clemson was fourth at 847, eight strokes ahead of Virginia Tech.

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