As starts go in oneÂs first South African Open Championship, they donÂt get much better than the hole-in-one on his third hole that amateur qualifier Terence Boardman achieved.
It was the 24-year-oldÂs 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 Â there were no BMWs up for grabs on the opening day, but that didnÂt matter. ÂYes, all the guys were saying that,Â he said. ÂBut itÂs my first one and what a great place to do it.
ÂI 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,Â 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. ÂIt was a little loose on the back nine, but IÂm pretty happy with the way it went. I conducted myself really well on the front nine,Â he said.
Especially since he had to go through what could have been something of an ordeal to get into the tournament. ÂThere wasnÂt that much pressure actually, I just went there and did my thing,Â he said. ÂIt worked out on the day, I got through in the playoff. It was a little unexpected, but IÂm pretty happy about that. ItÂs very special I must say, IÂm very chuffed about it all to be honest.Â