At the Tokyo Games, Scott Vincent will represent Zimbabwe, by way of Castle Rock
By Jon Rizzi
When the 72-hole men’s Olympic golf competition begins today at Kasumigaseki Country Club 90 minutes north of Tokyo, one of the field’s 60 competitors will have strong Colorado ties.
Scott Vincent—who’ll be representing the African nation of Zimbabwe during the competition—lives in Castle Rock.
That is, the 29-year-old golfer makes his home there when he and his wife, Kelsey, aren’t jetting to stops on the Asian Tour and European Tour. He’s also played on the PGA Tour Canada, Japan Challenge Tour, Sunshine Tour and Japan Golf Tour.
A Littleton native, Kelsey caddies for Scott. They met as students at Virginia Tech, where she was a midfielder on the soccer team while he earned all-American honors as a member of the golf team, competing against the likes of Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas. He turned pro upon graduation in 2015, and the couple married in 2018.
Not only is Castle Rock near Kelsey’s hometown, but it’s also close to Colorado Golf Club, where they are members and Scott works with his instructor, the PGA Professional Stan Sayers.
The two have enjoyed a friendship and working relationship for the last few years. The teacher actually filled in for Kelsey during the 2019 Panasonic Open in Japan and Shinhan Donghae Open in South Korea—an event he led after three rounds before finishing third.
“As great a player as he is, he’s an even better person,” Sayers says. During Vincent’s long stretches on the road, the two connect using video and the statistical analysis provided by Upgame Golf app.
“He’s an extremely hard worker,” Sayers reports. “His game is really solid. There’s no messing around.” Vincent notched three top 10s on the European Tour during the pandemic.
That tenacity earned the Zimbabwean the nickname “Mhondoro,” which relates to both the lion and the guardian spirit of the tribe. “It basically means ‘fighter,’ he has said. “I think it was just the attitude I had growing up and I would always fight for what I wanted to be.”
In the Olympics, Vincent will be fighting for a medal against a field that includes the world’s top players, including majors winners such as Thomas, Collin Morikawa, Hideki Matsuyama, Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed. His experience of having lived and played extensively in Japan during his time on the Asian Tour could work to his advantage.
He tees off in the penultimate group today, at 7:58 MT.
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