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.
“ItÂs one of those things Â you donÂt think about it when youÂre playing the hole, but when it goes in it takes a couple of seconds to realise that itÂs actually disappeared. Awesome feeling to get it on the board, first one IÂve ever made!” he said.
The two-time Sunshine Tour winnerÂs hole-in-one led to an exceptional day on the tougher of the two courses, which play host to this weekÂs Â1,3-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 heÂs already won one of this weekÂs competitions. Now for the trophy hunt.