Chikwaya claims bronze medal as Zim girls’ team finished second at All Africa Junior Golf Championship

The Zimbabwe trio of Miriam Masiya (left), Kudzi Mandava (middle) and Primrose Chikwaya finished second at the All Africa Junior Golf Championship in Uganda

Rising junior golfer Primrose Chikwaya underlined her growing profile as one of the country’s leading female golfers by claiming a bronze medal in the just concluded All Africa Junior Golf Championship played out at the Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort and Spa in Uganda.

Young Chikwaya, who is the daughter of well-respected Royal Harare Golf Club greenskeeper Fibion Chikwaya, paced the Zimbabwe girls team which finished in second position in the team competition.

The Royal Harare Golf Club junior golfer carded rounds of 82, 75, 78, 75 for a tournament total of 22-over-par 310, just two shots behind second placed Jasmine Furstenberg who finished on a total of 308.

The girls’ individual title was won by another South African Kyra Van Kan, who was in a class of her own after carding 71, 69, 76 and 69 to clinch the title on a total of three-under-par 285.

Van Kan’s individual brilliance ensured South Africa claimed the team competition as well as the girls’ sole ticket to the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup to be played in Japan next month.

South Africa finished on a team total of 592 well clear of Zimbabwe on 634. Despite missing out on the team title it was a very successful tour for Zimbabwe’s young girls’ tea, with all three members inside the top six on the individual leaderboard.

Chikwaya led the Zimbabwe charge with a third place finished while her Royal Harare Golf Club teammate Kudzi Mandava (85, 81, 81 &83) and 13-year-old Masvingo-based Miriam Masiya (87, 78, 78 & 87 were tied for sixth position on a total of 330.

Masiya, who plays out of Masvingo Golf Club also won girls’ longest drive contest at the All Africa Junior Golf Championship.

Michael Wallace poses for a picture with his playing partners from Egypt and Zambia during the final round of the All Africa Junior Golf Championship in Uganda

Overall, the Zimbabwe girls’ team finished well clear of Kenya, who finished in third place with a total of 662 while hosts Uganda (691) and Tunisia (703) completed the respective five positions.

Zambia came 6th (715), Egypt was 7th (718), Mauritius finished 8th (742), Botswana completed in 9th (772), Tanzania in 10th (891) and Cote D’Ivoire finished 11th with 945.

Meanwhile Zimbabwe’s boys’ team went into the final round in second position on the team standings, which would have earned them a ticket to the World Cup, but struggled in the final round to settle for fourth place.

Michael Wallace was the highest-placed Zimbabwean on the individual leaderboard after carding 77, 80, 70 and 73 to finish in sixth position on 12-over-par 300 while Tanaka Chatora (80, 78, 81 & 81) finished 18th.

It was also a good learning curve for Chimanimani-based Vincent Chindambazina, who finished tied for 27th position after carding rounds of 83, 81, 79 and 81 while Braydon Amm finished 36th with scores of 83, 95, 81 &84.

The Zimbabwean boys quartet finished with a combined team score of 945 points, five shots behind second placed Uganda on 940 points, who secured the second ticket to the World Cup.

South Africa’s boys’ team claimed the team competition on a team total of 850.

Zambia (944) finished third as Zimbabwe (945) and Namibia (953) completed fourth and fifth respectively.

In 6th position was Kenya with 956 strokes, Tunisia came 7th (964), one stroke better than 8th placed Egypt (965).

Mauritius finished 9th with 972, Tanzania 10th (1007), Malawi was 11th (1030), Botswana finished 12th (1066), Gabon was 13th 1112) and Cote D’Ivoire (1113).




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