On the board as Terence gets his first ace

As starts go in one’s first South African Open Championship, they don’t get much better than the hole-in-one on his third hole that amateur qualifier Terence Boardman achieved.

It was the 24-year-old’s first ace too, and it came after he started with a par on the 10th at Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate. But when he followed that with a bogey six on the 551-metre (603-yard) 11th, it could have gone horribly wrong.

Instead, he struck a glorious five-iron and claimed a memorable hole-in-one. It might have been the wrong day – there were no BMWs up for grabs on the opening day, but that didn’t matter. “Yes, all the guys were saying that,” he said. “But it’s my first one and what a great place to do it.

“I had 201 to the stick, and we had a little bit of wind helping off the right. I hit a five-iron, and it was all over it. It pitched front edge and released about four metres and into the bottom of the cup,” he said.

A further birdie at the par-four 17th got him to two-under, but a disappointing back nine saw him sign for a first round of 74. “It was a little loose on the back nine, but I’m pretty happy with the way it went. I conducted myself really well on the front nine,” he said.

Especially since he had to go through what could have been something of an ordeal to get into the tournament. “There wasn’t that much pressure actually, I just went there and did my thing,” he said. “It worked out on the day, I got through in the playoff. It was a little unexpected, but I’m pretty happy about that. It’s very special I must say, I’m very chuffed about it all to be honest.”

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