HARARE – Zimbabwe's leading amateur golfer David Amm’s participation at the Junior International Orange Bowl Championships to be held in the United States is hanging in the balance due to sponsorship challenges.
Amm is racing against time to secure sponsorship for the tournament to be held at the Biltmore Golf Course in Florida from December 27 – 30 after one of his sponsors pulled out.
As a result, the 18-year-old amateur golfer’s team has set up a crowd funding campaign on gofundme.com in order to raise the $8 000 required to make the trip a reality.
“A month before his intended travel he experienced a significant disappointment; the loss of sponsorship for the trip. Due to the instability in Zimbabwe, the local golf organisation that had committed to sponsor David’s travel, backed out at the very last minute,” Amm’s campaign said on the website.
“Although underway, local fundraising efforts are particularly difficult given the extreme economic hardships in Zimbabwe and especially considering the short time frame.
“Therefore we are turning to family and friends across the globe to appeal for any donations or sponsorship that will help fund David’s opportunity to compete at the highest level.”
Besides the Orange Bowl Championship, Amm is also set to play in two other tournaments in the US.
“David has also been invited to play at the Greg Norman Junior Invitational in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (where he finished 5th and 2nd in 2015 and 2016, respectively) and the South Beach International Amateur, one of the top 10 world amateur events,” his campaign said.
“It is a huge honour for David to compete with some of the top junior golfers from around the world in both of these events.
“As this is David’s final year in junior golf, it will also be his last opportunity to play in both of these events and his last chance to represent the Zimbabwe Junior Golf Association.”
Amm has been one of the leading amateur golfers on the local scene ever since he started representing Zimbabwe at the age of 13.