A SECOND hole-in-one has been sunk at the Mopani Copper Mines Zambia Open Golf Championship at Kitwe’s Nkana Golf Club, the first time two holes-in-one have been achieved at any Zambia Open tournament. South African Jaco Prinsloo’s first stroke on a par three number 11 earned him a K250,000 worth Toyota Corolla 2014 model, the second short hole prize to be won at the weeklong Mopani Copper Mines Zambia Open tournament.
His compatriot Allan Versfeld on Wednesday drove home a similar shot to win a Jeep Cherokee which is valued at K648,000 staked at number three.
“I’m very, very happy,” said the 24-year-old who sank his career third hole-in-one.
“This does not happen very often. On the second day, I hit the flag on number 11 and the ball moved just two metres away,” he said.
Using a pitching wedge, Prinsloo hit a 131 shot from the tee box straight on the green before the ball rolled in the cup for the second hole-in-one of the championship.
The South African fired a five-under 69 on the last day of the total four-under 69-77-71-67-284.
Four vehicles were the prizes staked for the hole-in-one and with the Jeep Cherokee sponsored by Southern Cross Motors and Toyota Zambia’s Toyota Corolla having been won, the LX35 Hyundai and the Ford Ranger Wild Trak will be driven back to the Yeti Motors and Vehicle Center showrooms respectively.
Theunis Spangenberg of South Africa shot a course record 62 on the first day of the championship.
Story by CHISHALA MUSONDA
Zambia Daily Mail.