ACES HIGH

There were a re­mark­able five holes-in-one dur­ing the Mid-Am­a­teur In­ter­provin­cial week at Mid­del­burg GC, with all four short holes at the Mpumalanga lay­out be­ing aced.

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“We have had two or three aces in na­tional events be­fore, but in my 21 years with the SAGA I have never wit­nessed some­thing so unique as this week at Mid­del­burg,” said SAGA ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Bruce Younge.

On day three North West’s Danie van Vu­uren holed out at the 153-me­tre 11th with an 8-iron for his first hole-in­one. There were three aces on day four. Bor­der’s Su­nil Pil­lay, play­ing four­somes with his brother Udesh, dunked a wedge on the 128-me­tre 13th; East­ern Prov­ince’s Michael Holden struck a 5-iron in the hole from 197 me­tres at the third (“I waited 30 years for the per­fect shot! Best feel­ing ever.”); and Western Prov­ince’s Ger­lou Roux had his eighth ca­reer ace at the 11th, also with a 5-iron from 204 me­tres. On the fi­nal day Free State’s Mar­ius Nel com­pleted the unique oc­cur­rence with his first-ever hole-in-one at the 176-me­tre sixth with an 8-iron.

Most aces in a tour­na­ment

Five aces in one na­tional tour­na­ment is a record for South Africa, but it has been ex­ceeded in pro­fes­sional golf.

• Eight dif­fer­ent play­ers recorded

holes-in-one in the 2009 Cana­dian Open on the PGA Tour, in­clud­ing four in the sec­ond round on Glen Abbey’s 15th hole.

• The Euro­pean Tour record is six holes-in-one dur­ing the 1991 Mediter­ranean Open.

• On the Sun­shine Tour, four aces were recorded in the 2005 Nashua Masters at the Wild Coast Sun CC.

• Three aces were recorded in one day at Hume­wood in 1984 in the third and fourth rounds of the SA Stroke­play Cham­pi­onship.

• At club level, five aces were scored in one day at Benoni Lake Golf Club in 1997.

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