Kieran Vincent turns professional after emotional farewell at Liberty University

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Kieran Vincent

Rising Zimbabwean golfer Kieran Vincent has joined his brother Scott on golf’s paid ranks after bidding farewell to Liberty University in an emotionally charged video message this week after his memorable six-year college golf career in the US.

Kieran ended his collegiate career on a high with a third consecutive appearance at the NCAA Men’s Golf National Championship earlier in the week.

Vincent led the Liberty Flames to a 26th place finish while he was tied for 55th place on the individual leaderboard at Grayhawk Golf Club in Arizona.

The 24-year-old golfer immediately made his professional debut at the PGA Canada Tour’s Royal Beach Victoria Open presented by Times Colonist which teed off on Thursday.

He left Liberty University with a number of records including first in career scoring average of 71.71, 159 Rounds played, 531 career birdies, 85 career rounds at Par or better and 140 career counting scores.

This year Vincent along with Flames golf teammate Jonathan Yaun were each recognized for their efforts during the 2021-22 season after they were selected to the 2022 GCAA PING All-Region team.

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The two are also among the 25 golfers named to the PING All-Region East team and this is the second year in a row that both Vincent and Yaun have been named to the PING All-Region East team.

“Thank You Flames Nation and Flames Family,” Vincent said in his farewell message.

“It’s crazy to think that six years ago I found a home on a mountain. Thanks for taking a chance on a 16-year-old Zimbabwean kid. Seven years ago I would never have believed that I would be sitting in this seat talking to you today.

“To JT (Jeff Thomas coach) it’s been a good run. You have taught me so much over the years not only about golf but also about life and what it means to work hard. To my teammates, you have walked so many fairways with me and made so many good memories that I will remember not only in the next few years but for a lifetime

“To the fans you got me through injuries and hard times, you helped me get up on the early morning grind and leave everything on the course. Because of Liberty and the community, I have grown deeper in my faith and these years have shown me what it truly meant to be a champion for Christ so thank you to everyone who has made the last six years so special.

“You would be in my heart and in my memories forever. I will continue to be blue and red till I die.

“Flames Nation Kieran is blessed and Kieran is out!,” he said.

In his final season with Flames golf Vincent achieved the best stroke average of 71.36 while he also paced the team with five top-10 finishes, including a trio of top-five performances.

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