David Good and Horacio Carbonetti share the lead heading into the final round of the Tunisian Seniors Open at El Kantaoui Golf Club but Chile's Guillemo Encina stole the show after recording the longest hole-in-one in European Seniors Tour history.
While Good and Carbonetti carded rounds of 68 and 69 respectively to go into the closing 18 holes tied on ten under par 134 Encina caused a sensation when he holed his tee shot at the dogleg 354 yard par four 11th hole. He won 354 bottles of wine under a special sponsorship agreement with Hardys Wines but won't be able to enjoy any of them as he has been a teetotaller for most of his life.
"I think you would have to put the shot down to my God rather than to me," said the delighted Chilean after registering a five under par 67 that saw him jump into a share of seventh place alongside Baldovino Dassu, Nick Job, Bob Lendzion and Eddie Polland on six under par 138. "It was very lucky."
"I knew that if I cut the corner I could get close to the front of the green but it never crossed my mind that I could hole it. I saw the group in front jumping up and down and thought they were annoyed at me for hitting into them. It wasn't until I got to the green that I realised what had happened.
"It's a great prize," he added. "The only problem is that I never drink. I think I will share the wine out among the players. We will all have a very big party."
The Chilean was not the only golfer to produce something out of the ordinary on a day in which Good and Carbonetti finished one shot ahead of Italy's Giuseppi Cali and two in front of England's Bob Larratt and Scotland's Bill Longmuir.
Jamaica's Delroy Cambridge started the day four shots off the lead but moved up into a share of sixth place with Italy's Alberto Croce after a 68 that included two eagle twos.
The Jamaican got the first when he hit his drive to nine feet on the 294 yard par four eighth and then holed a wedge from 36 yards for a two on the 336 yard 13th. "That's a helluva' way to smarten up a card," he said. "I have had two eagles in a round on many occasions but I don't ever remember doing it with two twos at par fours."
Good went out in the last group at last week's Merseyside English Seniors Open and now finds himself in the same position after carding a fine 68 that included an eagle on the par five fifth hole. "I let things slip a bit last week but I would like to think I won't make the same mistake again. I am hitting the ball nicely and not making too many mistakes. I have got a great chance if I continue to play like this."
Carbonetti started the second round tied with Longmuir after both recorded opening 65s. The 2003 Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open champion looked like relinquishing the lead when he left the seventh green at level par for the day but then birdied the eighth, the ninth and the 13th to post his second successive sub-70 round.
"I played better yesterday but managed to hang on," said the Argentinian. "I could do with a little of Guillermo's luck if I am going to win tomorrow."
England's John Morgan holds a one shot lead in the race for the Hardys Wines Super Seniors prize awarded to the leading competitor aged 60 or over. Morgan carded a three under par 69 to finish the round a single shot ahead of Malcolm Gregson on three under par 141.