Rising golf star Kieran Vincent closes in on career milestone

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Kieran Vincent

US-based Zimbabwean amateur golfer Kieran Vincent is on the verge of breaking into the top 50 on the Men’s World Amateur Golf Ranking.

The Men’s World Amateur Golf Ranking system classifies the top male amateur golfers on the basis of their average performance in counting events over a rolling cycle of the previous 104 weeks.

Kieran, who is set to join his brother Scott on the professional circuit later this year is currently ranked 56th on the global rankings, which is currently the second-highest-ranking by an African golfer behind South Africa’s 34-ranked Christiaan Maas.

The Zimbabwean rising golf star is however set to move inside the top 50 when the rankings are updated later this week, on the back of his impressive season on the US collegiate golf circuit.

Vincent was in superb form this week as he recorded three-straight sub-par rounds to lead the Liberty University golf team and finish tied for ninth place at the 2022 General Hackler Championship.

After firing rounds of 71, 70 and 70 Kieran, was one of four golfers to card a tournament total of 5-under par 211 to share ninth place at the Coastal Carolina hosted golf tournament.

He has now posted 23 career top-10 finishes during his time with the Liberty University golf team, including all three of his career appearances at the General Hackler Championship.

Vincent ranked fourth in the field with 40 pars during the 54-hole event and added 10 birdies.

His superb individual performance inspired the number No. 39 Liberty University team, popularly known by their fans as the Flames to a solid tie ninth place.

The Flames carded a 6-over par 870 (292-287-291) during their three trips around The Dunes Golf & Beach Club (par 72, 7,233 yards) on Sunday and Monday.

Austin Duncan (71-71-76) and Austin Barbin (74-74-70) were the second-highest Flames’ players on the leaderboard after sharing 40th place with an overall 2-over par 218. Barbin closed the event with a 2-under par 70 and finished tied for the lead in the 87-man field with two eagles.

However, the star of the show for the Liberty Flames was Vincent, who is planning to turn professional at the end of the season after recently securing conditional status on the PGA Tour Canada.

In addition to his golfing skills, Kieran is also very academically gifted. He graduated from Liberty University in May 2020 with a degree in exercise science and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in human performance: nutrition.

Vincent and his Liberty teammates will be back on the course next week for the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational to be played at Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida from March 27 to 28.

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