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.
“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.