Top Zimbabwe golf sensation Scott Vincent, who turned professional barely two weeks ago, after finishing his rollercoaster collegiate golf chapter last month, is already bracing up for the tough Pro golf circuit in America.
By Munyaradzi Madzokere
Vincent, who has been in the country, returns to his American base today having already picked a $1 477 winner’s cheque at his first professional tourney — the Zambezi Tour Pro Challenge at Royal Harare Golf Club last Saturday.
The win, that came only days after turning professional, serves as a good augury for the 22 year old’s future professional golf prospects.
The talented former world number seven amateur player spoke to Standardsport about his next move after an unforgettable time in American collegiate golf at Virginia Tech University in the USA, as well as his sentiments about turning pro.
“It’s been great in America, obviously I am excited that I have now finished in college and I have moved on to the next level of golf. I turned pro about two week ago, had my first tournament last weekend, it went very well.
“I ended up winning so I’m very excited with how everything has started so far and I am also excited to go back to America and try my luck with the Pros over there,” said Vincent.
The former Chapman golf club amateur has already set his sight on joining the challenging Web.com tour school, an unavoidable pathway towards getting the lucrative US PGA tour card. He also looks forward to competing in Canadian tournaments which are quite competitive.
“We are targeting to get on to the Web.com Tour but it’s easier said than done so we might look at some other Canadian tournaments because it’s a really good and reputable organisation, so we will give that a try and see if that can work out for now,” he revealed.
Vincent will be on the Web.com next year where there are many other golfers like him that are trying to find their way to the big PGA tour league.
Winning huge tournaments during his time at college and thrusting his name into US college golf folklore would give him confidence as he adjusts to life as a professional.
“It give me a lot of confidence, obviously the golf does all the talking so if you play good golf, you are going to be able to play good golf anywhere, so I’m excited for the future ahead. The collegiate performances have shown that I have got the potential to do well at the next level,” Vincent said.
While an American based agency is assisting to find sponsorship to set his professional career rolling, Vincent expressed his wish to have a Zimbabwean sponsor.
“Sponsorship is a tough thing to get hold of, but I would have loved to have a Zimbabwean sponsor come on board and help me out and for now nothing has come through yet. I am in the process of looking for sponsorship and I have got an agency in America helping me as well,” he said.
Vincent carved a golf reputation at Virginia Tech University bagging three titles in the 2013/14 season alone. He also triumphed at the prestigious Players Amateur tournament in South Carolina last year which saw him attain number seven in the world amateur ranking.
Recently, he competed in the RBC Tournament in South Carolina on April 16 for his first professional Tour start. He finished tied at 64th out of over 110 players, while being one of the youngest on the course.