Mercedes-Benz Southern African Golf Hall of Fame Newsletter
April 2013  
Mercedes-Benz Induction Banquet

It's all-systems go for the Mercedes Benz South African Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and celebrity Pro-Am Tournament at Steenberg Golf Club on Friday, 3 May. The class of 2112 Inductees are Jock Brews (inducted by David Black), Otway Hayes (inducted by Dales and Denis Hutchinson, Peter Louw (inducted by Vincent Tshabalala and Peter Sauerman), David Symons (inducted by Roydon Pybus), Bobby Cole (inducted by Dale Hayes and Wendy Warrington (indicted by Raymond Ackerman). Andrew Mlangeni will receive the first 'Harry Brews' award. The event is being hosted by the South African Golf Heritage Trust. The event will be preceded by the tournament at Steenberg where legendary golf coach, Phil Ritson (USA) will conduct a golf clinic.

Trusty rusty has a permanent home

Bobby Locke's famous putter is now safely in the possession of the Southern Africa Golf Hall of Fame. At the peak of his career, Locke's "trusty rusty" became arguably the most prized (and famous) putter in the world, ranking with Bobby Jones' famous "Calamity Jane".   Harry Brews

He won 38 major tournaments in South Africa, 23 in Europe, and 11 in the US with the same putter. Peter Allis who had five top-10 finishes at the Open, who was once given the opportunity to try it out, described it as "beautifully balanced": "it seemed to want to swing truly and it almost had a will of its own." The club was donated by Jimmy McKenzie, a former senior general manager at Barclays (now FNB) who was responsible for hosting the Barclays Classic tournament at Sun City recalls that after Locke's death, his widow Mary presented him with the putter. American memorabilia collector Richard Metz, has described the putter as priceless. "You would pick up a similar club for ten dollars in a thrift store, but that one's got the Locke factor."

Magnificent Museum Opens

Golfing heavyweights Sally Little, Denis Hutchinson and John Bland were among the many celebrities who attended the opening of the South African Golf Museum and Hall of Fame at the Hyatt Regency in Oubaai last month. 2010 Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen donated a replica of the Ping S56 four iron which he used to score his albatross at the Masters last year. The ceremony was preceded by a round of golf at the breathtaking Ernie Els-designed Oubaai course. To view the YouTube version of the museum opening, click here.


Peter Louw (Hall of Fame Inductee)

* Disadvantaged due to the Apartheid policies

* Vice-President South African Non-European Golf Association for more than 30 years

* Built golf courses along the same road as present Royal Cape Golf Course, Cape Town

* His organising ability enabled Non-European golf to flourish

* He organised golf, golf clubs, advised on organisational matters, and organised tournaments for Non-Europeans

* He advised on, sourced land, and formed golf clubs in various places in the Transkei, Cape Town, King William's Town, East London, Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage, Oudtshoorn, Free State

I was left-handed and my first set of golf clubs were right-handed so I learned the game playing cross-handed - much like Papwa Sewgolum. Once I had managed to switch my grip to the normal left-hand-on-top, I became a natural, striking the ball with almost every stroke imaginable. In 1983, I joined the Professional Golfers' Association of America (PGA) Tour full-time and showed great promise, winning the World Series of Golf that year by four strokes over Jack Nicklaus. I became the first golfer since Walter Hagen in 1924 to win the Open and PGA Championship in the same year and, apart from Mark O'Meara and Nick Faldo, the only player to win two Majors in a single year in the 1990s. I will serve as captain of the International team for the 2013 President's Cup.

Answer: Nick Price



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Golf Hall of Fame Tours

We are launching the following Hall of Fame golf tours where we hope to meet up with our Hall of Fame participants at these events.

* President's Cup
* 2014 Masters
* 2014 The Open
* 2014 Ryder Cup.

Please contact Barry for further details
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* Maud Gibb won the British Ladies Championship in 1908 and she is considered the founder of organised women's golf in South Africa.

* The 2000 US Open at Pebble Beach (where Ernie Els finished runner-up to Tiger Woods was out of the ordinary because the defending champion was dead (Payne Stewart died in a plane crash a few months earlier).

* Trevor Immelman won the 2008 Masters a week after missing the cut at the Texas Open and just four months after undergoing surgery to have a tumour removed from his chest.
Quotable Quotes

"It's lost. He's gone with an iron all week - you either lay it up, or you go. The three-wood is in the bunker zone and that's a certain hazard. I said, 'under this pressure, he's going in that bunker'."
- Gary Player on Adam Scott's 18th hole meltdown at last year's Open Championship (which Ernie Els won)

"It was an absolute crime. I could cry about it."
- Former SA Open champion Allan Henning on the infamous Papwa Sewgolum prize-giving ceremony

"He has that moment forever."
- CBS commentator Dave Feherty on Louis Oosthuizen's famous albatross at Augusta last year
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