A SINGLE magical stroke on number three won Allan Versfeld of South Africa a Jeep Cherokee after sinking a hole-in-one on the first day of the Mopani Copper Mines Zambia Open Championship at Kitwe’s Nkana Golf Club yesterday.
Using an eight-iron on the par three hole, Versfeld’s 151-metre shot landed on the greens before the ball rolled into the hole for his second career hole-in-one feat and earned a Jeep Cherokee valued at K648,000.
“I’m sure the feeling will not set in for a long time. To win a Jeep is really unbelievable and making a hole-in-one is really a dream come true,” the golfer from Country Club Johannesburg said.
Versfeld winning the first of the four hole-in-one prize staked in the championship leaves three vehicles waiting for a magical drive from the tee box.
Having started his game on the 10th tee, Versfeld completed his back nine play with two shots deficit having played three bogeys a single birdie and return to the front course to sink a birdie on number two and then an eagle on par three.
Ryan Cains of Zimbabwe and Versfeld’s native PH McIntyre played in the group.
The South African is the second golfer in the history of the Zambia Open to sink a hole-in-one after his compatriot Andre Cruse managed the feat at the Lusaka Golf Club on two straight years.
He first managed the magic one stroke feat in 2001 and repeated the exploits a year later.
With the number three prize taken, a Hyundai valued at K271,000 is staked on number seven, Toyota Corolla 2014 model on the 11th hole and on 15 is the Ford Ranger respectively.
Story by CHISHALA MUSONDA.
Zambia Daily Mail.