‘Junior golfer to conquer the world’

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From left: Right Zimbabwe team coach Simon Chingorimbo, Jack Allard, Stuart Krog and David Amm at the World Amateur Team Championships (WATC) in Ireland

Chipo Sabeta
Professional golfer and Zimbabwe coach Simon Murungweni, believes that top junior golfer David Amm has potential to conquer the world after completing his  scholarship in America.

Amm left Zimbabwe recently to take up a four-year-golf scholarship at the University of Toledo in Ohio, US.

The 19-year-old towering golfer, joins the golden generation of young Zimbabwean golfers who earned US golf scholarships and carry the country’s future hopes in the sport.

“He is one talented golfer and I believe he will be a refined player on his return. We are looking at four years and I am keen to see him conquering the world.

“The standard is very high. It’s a big step in his career. He is a talented golfer with full potential and can be ranked among the best in the world,” Chigorimbo said.

After choosing golf over cricket eight years ago, Amm has been unstoppable on the golf course.

At 14 years, Amm made headlines in local golf circles when he became Zimbabwe’s youngest ever participant at the 2014 Zimbabwe Open, then sponsored by Delta Beverages brand Golden Pilsner.

In 2015, Amm won the Junior Golfer of the year and Most Improved Golfer of the year accolades at the Zimbabwe Golf Awards while he has been a constant member of the Zimbabwe senior golf team for the past three years.

At the age of 16, Amm also won first senior amateur tournament, the Hillside Masters.

Chigorimbo added: “His achievements at a young age are enough testimony of his potential. Looking at him, he was the flag bearer of our amateur teams and a captain as well.

“He is a natural leader besides his exploits in the gold course. I don’t doubt that he will be a big golfer upon return.

Zimbabwe undoubtedly has a lot of raw talent .We have high hopes and we wish him the best,” he said.

“One of our golfing talents is now on golfing scholarships in America and hopefully the exposure he gets there would be invaluable in the future.”

Upon his departure, Amm said he has a big aim to play on the lucrative Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) tour and rub shoulders with the best golfers in the world.

Many of the other players who have come through the junior golf programmes in Zimbabwe have received their tertiary education in some of the best colleges and universities in the US due to their ability as junior golfers.

Those presently at top scholastic and golf colleges include Ben Follet- Smith (Mississippi State University), Stuart Krog (Henderson State University), Sean Crocker (University of Southern California), Jack Allard (Barry University), Jeff Chitando (Sonoma State University), Ray Badenhorst (Florida Tech) and Mbongeni Maphosa Alabama (State University) among others.

 

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