Zimbabwean junior golfer Justin Kirsten hopes his recent solid performances in Germany will help inspire the national junior team to a third consecutive title in the Tri-Nations Golf Tournament in Mombasa, Kenya.
The tournament which tees off today at Nyali Golf and Country Club in Mombasa will feature junior golfers from Kenya and Nigeria, who make their debut in the competition in place of Namibia.
Kirsten, who has represented Zimbabwe at two Junior Golf World Cup campaigns in Japan, will be part of a strong six man squad together with Kieran Vincent, David Amm, Tafadzwa Nyamukondiwa, Tarisiro Fundira and Bekithemba Ndlovu.
The Falcon College student has been in top form after managing an impressive eighth place finish at the RB German Junior played at the Heidelberg Golf Club in Lobenfeld, Germany.
The RB German Junior, which is part of part of the Global Junior Golf Tour schedule, was held on August 4-6 with a field of 120 boys from over 30 countries competing in a 54-hole individual stroke contest.
“The field for the Germany tournament was quite strong and for me to finish in the top 10 was an awesome feeling.
“I sort of took a break from tournament golf after returning from Germany but my game is in a good state and hopefully I can continue playing well in Kenya and help the team do well,” Kirsten said.
“I think we have quite a strong team. There are guys like me and Kieran who have played at that level before and then there are the younger guys who I’m sure will enjoy the experience of playing team golf rather than individual golf,” he said.
Meanwhile, the national junior girls’ team is geared up for its first regional tournament where they will compete against Uganda, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Zambia and hosts Kenya.
Zimbabwe will be represented by Danielle Bekker, Margret Nyamukondiwa, Daniela Banda and Nomatter Chikutwe. Emily Jones was initially scheduled to take part but was withdrawn from the squad due to complications with her travel documents.
The Zimbabwe Junior Golf Association is using the regional tournament to build a competitive girls’ team for the future and have high hopes in the current squad.