Allan’s Platinum Classic ace one day too early

Allan Versfeld’s ace in the second round of the R500,000 Platinum Classic presented by UD Trucks came a day too early for him to drive away in a brand new truck.

The 21-year-old used a nine-iron on the 141-metre 15th on the nine-hole Mooinooi Golf Club layout, but the R200,000 UD35 truck was on offer for the first ace on the sixth or 15th in the final round.

“We were actually talking about it on the tee,” said Versfeld. “We were wondering when the truck was actually up for grabs and whether it was on six or 15. One of my playing partners said, ‘Why don’t you just make a hole-in-one and then you can ask afterwards’.”

It was the first hole-in-one of his professional career which began so emphatically in 2011 when he won the Sunshine Tour Rookie of the Year race.

“I got one ace as an amateur, and as a pro, I was playing a practice round at Leopard Creek and I got one there too,” he said. “But practice rounds don’t count!”

The hole-in-one boosted his position in the tournament, lifting him into a share of eighth behind leader Divan van den Heever.

“I had been struggling a bit up until then, but I made birdie-birdie-ace, and I looked at the scoreboard, and suddenly, I wasn’t that far off,” said Versfeld.

And UD Trucks managing director Johan Richards was disappointed not to be able to hand over the truck too, so he handed Versfeld a cool R10,000 for his troubles.

“It was an awesome feeling,” said Versfeld.

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