JUSTIN Kersten emerged top in the Matabeleland Junior Open Championships played at Bulawayo Country Club on Thursday. He grossed 147 points six strokes ahead of David Amm and nine strokes ahead of Hwange junior Keith Banda.
Kersten playing off handicap nine came top of the Order of Merit with 25 points, Amm playing off handicap four amassed 20 points, Banda playing off handicap nine got 17 points.
Volunteer coach Mubita Njamba explained the competition.
“Juniors from all over the country converged in Bulawayo for four days. On Thursday they met at Bulawayo Country Club.
“They have to amass points in order to qualify for the British Open to be held later this year.
“They still have to compete in various competitions that will come up. As for the girls, it is a battle between Danielle Bekker and Margaret Nyamakondiwa,” he said.
The juniors still have to compete in the Midlands Open, Manicaland Open, Harare Open and Zimbabwe Amateur.
Njamba said there is strong competition among the juniors.
“If you look at Banda he doesn’t play in the inter-schools competitions but he is third. He can amass more points if he plays more games. He is being closely monitored,” he said.
He bemoaned lack of support.
“I do not get much support. I was left stranded yesterday (Friday) when the person who had said he would fund us withdrew at the last minute. I would also like to appeal to the corporate world to assist this junior development programme,” he added.