This was the stuff that dreams are made of. Ismail Aniz claimed a rare Hole-in-One feat on par four during a social round at Blantyre Sports Club on Sunday.
A Hole-in-One is a shot played once from the starting point (tee box) straight into the hole and hitting this type of shot is every golfer’s dream.
The six-handicapped golfer hit his driver on a par 4 hole number 16, bounced on to the green and rolled straight into the hole.
Hole 16 is 258 metres long, meaning Aniz carried his ball in the air for that long before landing it onto the green.
In an interview after the rare achievement, Aniz said he felt like flying.
“I feel really great because it’s a once in a life time feat. I am excited and it gives me a lot of satisfaction and inspiration ahead of future tournaments,” he said.
Blantyre-based professional golfer Dingaan Chirwa said according to official records at the club, it is the first time a golfer has claimed Hole-in-One on par 4.
He said: “Aniz hit his shot like a tour professional because of the distance. Off my head, I do not believe more than 10 golfers in Malawi carry a ball for more than 250 metres. Aniz’s shot on Sunday is unique! This makes it the shot of week.
“To get it into the hole you need precision and a bit of luck.”
To get a Hole-in-One, a golfer must have enough strength to hit the ball and cover the distance to get to the hole. They are, therefore, achieved on par threes because of their short distance from tee box to the hole.