THE Zimbabwe Junior Golf Team will be looking to make history when they take part at the 2014 Toyota Junior Golf World Cup pencilled for Nagoya, Japan, this week.
While the team’s previous performance was an ignominy, finishing rock-bottom nine years ago, the target this time around will be to better their best-ever placing, seventh, achieved in 1993.
Coached by Philip Tshuma, the junior side hope Stuart Krog would replicate the form that saw him receive rave-reviews lately, to help the country delve into the international junior folklore. Ably completing the four-man team includes Justin Kersten, Kieran Vincent and Mbongeni Maphosa.
Speaking before the team’s departure on Thursday, Zimbabwe Junior Golf Association president Brian Maphosa rallied his team. “The best can always be corrected. We will definitely make a mark this time. We have a strong team of disciplined and talented players who can stand against the best in junior golf,” he said.
The 72-hole four day tourney will run from the June 24 to 27, in a four players-count three-score format over four rounds. One of Zimbabwe’s best golf prospects Krog shared his sentiments and his team’s intentions at the Junior Golf World Cup.
“Personally, I want to win it. It’s the biggest junior tournament in the world and we will be facing the best from other countries. Our best performance so far in this event is seventh so we will be happy to be at least in the top five,” Krog said.
Fifteen countries are expected to ship their best players to Japan as golf mainstays like the United States, Australia, France, Argentina seek to stamp their authority at the level of competition. Other counties expected to compete include Norway, Italy, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Korea and Thailand.