Zimbabwe’s golf stars return to their roots to inspire next generation of talent  

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Zimbabwe’s leading professional golfers might have their main sights on winning the FBC Zimbabwe Open which tees off at the picturesque Royal Harare Golf Club on Thursday, but they showed that they remain very passionate about the development of the sport in the country, after hosting a coaching clinic in Harare early this week.

On Tuesday a group of five very five professional golfers, who will lead the country’s hopes for a local winner in the flagship tournament, devoted an entire morning to a group of junior golfers after hosting a golf development clinic at Chapman Golf Club.

It was a rare opportunity for the enthusiastic young golfers to receive expert instruction from the quintet of brothers Scott and Kieran Vincent, Robson Chinhoi, Ben Follett-Smith and Stuart Krog.

The players are all products of Zimbabwe’s vibrant junior golf program, which for several decades was spearheaded by the late veteran golf coach Roger Baylis, who passed away two years ago.

The Vincent brothers, who now play on the lucrative LIV Golf League circuit are both winners on the Asian Tour.

The duo of Chinhoi and Follett-Smith have also registered victories on the Sunshine Tour circuit, which the FBC Zimbabwe Open falls under, while Krog enjoyed a very successful rookie season on the Sunshine Tour last year, which was headlined by a runner up finish at the FNB Eswatini Challenge.

Zimbabwean golfers, from left, Robson Chinhoi, Kieran Vincent, Ben Follett-Smith, national team coach Simon Murungweni, Stuart Krog, Zimbabwe Junior Golf Association official Scott McDowell and Scott Vincent pose for a group picture during the junior golf clinic at Chapman Golf Club on Tuesday

US-based Zimbabwean sports management expert Brett Krog, who has managed the affairs of all the five players, through his company, Neverest Management said the golfers are very passionate about the development of the sport in the country.

“All five of these guys have been influenced by Zimbabwe junior and/or amateur golf. It has allowed them to grow their game and is a stepping stone to get to the highest level of the professional golfing ranks,” Brett said in an exclusive interview with ZimSportLive.

“Because of that, they are passionate about giving back to the game of golf in Zimbabwe, making it a mainline sport and giving others the opportunities they were given. Golf is a sport that is very similar to life in that; it’s you versus you, there are lots of ups and downs, but if your focus is on being better everyday, and never giving up you will be successful,” he said.

Scott Vincent shares some tips with a keen junior golfer during a clinic at Chapman Golf Club

Brett Krog, who is the brother of Stuart Krog also represented the country as a junior and amateur golfer before earning a golf scholarship to study and play golf at Florida Institute of Technology.

While his young brother and his colleagues decided to turn professional, Brett, has thrived in business and athlete representation.

Through his company Neverest Management, Brett now manages his compatriots, who are now giving back to the sport by inspiring the next generation of Zimbabwean golfers.

 

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