There are 1.6 million people in the city of Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe. Scott Vincent grew up one of them.
Now he's made his home in Blacksburg as a member of the Virginia Tech golf team. He is the next name in a long list of golfers from the country of Zimbabwe.
"There's kind of a pipeline from Zimbabwe, there's been about 5 other players before I came so we've got a little bit of a connection with coach,” said Vincent. “Whenever there’s a junior coming up the coach back home will let Jay [Hardwick] know and he’ll have a look at us.”
Vincent was recruited at the Orange Bowl, a large junior tournament held after Christmas in Coral Gables, Florida.
“[The Orange Bowl] is where [Jay Hardwick] saw me. He saw something he liked,” added Vincent. “I’m not really sure what it was but here I am at Virginia Tech.”
The Junior set a record this year, winning three tournaments. He also overtook fellow countryman Brendon de Jonge in the Virginia Tech scoring books. But starting in Zimbabwe three-time major champion and World Golf Hall of Famer Nick Price is who Vincent says paved the path for golf in his country.
“He's done fantastic things and put Zimbabwe golf on the map,” he said. “But right now we have Brendon de Jonge who came through Virginia Tech who's doing a fantastic job week in and week out competing on the PGA Tour.”
Up next for Vincent and the Hokies, a trip to Auburn, Alabama this weekend where Tech looks to advance past the regional round.