Ace earns Bryce more than brownie points

Bryce Easton stood on the tee of the 167-metre 12th hole at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club, reached for his seven-iron and swung. One bounce later his ball found the cup, and Easton earned himself a cool 1-million Hilton Hotel honours points for the ace, a prize put forward by Investec.

“It’s one of those things – you don’t think about it when you’re playing the hole, but when it goes in it takes a couple of seconds to realise that it’s actually disappeared. Awesome feeling to get it on the board, first one I’ve ever made!” he said.

The two-time Sunshine Tour winner’s hole-in-one led to an exceptional day on the tougher of the two courses, which play host to this week’s €1,3-million Joburg Open.

He reached the clubhouse in 65 strokes for an early hold on second place, just one shot back from 208 champion Richard Sterne.

It may only be day one, but Easton will be beaming this week in the knowledge that he’s already won one of this week’s competitions. Now for the trophy hunt.

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