Nyamukondiwa clinches second collegiate title in the US


Zimbabwe’s leading female amateur golfer Margret Nyamukondiwa clinched her second individual title on the US collegiate golf circuit inside six month following a two shot victory at the TankLogix & Tall City Exploration Collegiate which was played out at Ranchland Hills Golf Club in Midland, Texas on Wednesday.

Nyamukondiwa, who is on a golf scholarship at Western Texas College in Snyder, Texas finished carded rounds of 75 and 71 in the 36-hole competition for a two-round total of four-over-par 146.She finished two shots clear of New Mexico Junior College’s Nanami Hayakawa, who carded identical rounds of 74 during the tournament, which attracted a strong field of 23 players.

It was Nyamukondiwa’s second individual title in the US after the claimed the USW Fall Invitational in Hobbs, New Mexico in September last year.

The reigning Zimbabwe Ladies Open Amateur Strokeplay champion has been in very good form in recent weeks which saw her claim a top 10 finish at the inaugural Africa Women’s Amateur Invitational played at Leopard Creek in South Africa recently.

Margret is the younger sister to one of Zimbabwe’s rising male golf stars Tafadzwa Nyamukondiwa, who also initially represented Western Texas College before being offered another golf scholarship at Drexel University.

The two Nyamukondiwa siblings came through Zimbabwe’s junior golf ranks under the mentorship of the late legendary coach Roger Baylis at Chapman Golf Club in Harare and attended Heritage School before moving to the US on golf scholarships.

Tafadzwa has also enjoyed success on the US collegiate golf circuit, recording his breakthrough win two years ago at the Yale Spring Invitational in New Haven, Connecticut.

Now Margret appears to be following in her brother’s spike marks with early success in her collegiate golf career and it should just be a matter of time before top US universities come knocking with scholarship offers.

Meanwhile Zimbabwean male amateur golfer Tariro November, who is also an ex-Heritage School pupil and on a golf scholarship at Western Texas College, finished in a tie for 33rd after carding scores of 75, 72 and 71 in the 54-hole men’s competition.

November finished two shots clear of his compatriot, Michael Wallace, who recently relocated to the US to enrol at Midland Texas College on a golf scholarship.


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