Mercedes-Benz Southern African Golf Hall of Fame Newsletter
May 2013  
A Night to Remember

A spectacular ceremony at the Steenberg Golf Estate hosted by the South African Golf Heritage Trust, heralded the Mercedes-Benz Southern Africa Golf Hall of Fame's fourth Induction Gala Banquet. The glittering event attracted politicians, captains of industry and, of course, some the country's finest golfers. Among the attendees were ANC stalwart and Rivonia trialist, Andrew Mlangeni, General Bantu Holomisa, Dr. Luyenge, Justin de Allende, Raymond Ackerman, Alex Abercrombie, Lew Geffen, Bobby Cole, Hugh Baiocchi, Dale Hayes, Denis Hutchinson, Rae Hast, Sewgolum's, and Roydon Pybus. Peter Sauerman enthralled the guests with tales of Jock Brews, who dominated golf during the 1920's and together with his brother Sid they were either first or second in the South African Open from 1921-1934. This was followed by Denis Hutchinson's introduction of Otway Hayes the first person to beat Bobby Locke in 17 years, and 56 years as the consummate golf club professional.

Sauerman discussed how influential Peter Louw was in developing black golf from 1947 well into the 1970s, and who was instrumental in the formation and administration of Non-European golf, and who also set up and formed golf clubs for many years throughout South Africa for those disadvantaged. Then champion amateur golfer, Roydon Pybus inducted Dave Symons, one of the last great amateur golfers, and this was followed by Raymond Ackerman who took delight in inducting champion Clovelly women golfer, Wendy Warrington, who achieved her success despite working fulltime. Mercedes-Benz, Kobus van Zyl explained how well the two brands fitted by confirming Mercedes-Benz's three year sponsorship of the Hall of Fame.

Take a bow Bobby...

The Mercedes-Benz Southern Africa Golf Hall of Fame's fourth Induction Gala Banquet was graced with the presence of Bobby Cole. Local legends Dale Hayes and Hugh Baiocchi inducted the man with the smoothest and purest swing ever.  

Cole, who returned to South Africa for the first time in 23 years to receive this honour, was visibly moved. As Baiocchi stated, here was a man we all expected to win a major, and who came close a number of times whilst recording many victories locally and internationally. His record of the only South African to win the British Amateur still stands. In 1974 he claimed both the team and the individual wins in the World Cup. He is is a two-time winner of the South African Open (1974 and 1980) and in 1986 he won the South African PGA Championship.

Harry Brews Award

Harry Brews, the son of the legendary Sid Brews passed away in January. He was the originator of the Hall of Fame and Museum concept, and co-founded with Barry Cohen. Legendary MP, Andrew Mlangeni became the first recipient of the Harry Brews award. A caddy and good golfer, before being sent to Robben Island for 26 years, he regaled how he found three golf balls on the island which he hid in his cell, and upon being released took up the game again, and today is Chairman of the Parliamentary Golf Club. Upon hearing this, to the delight of the guests, Raymond Ackerman immediately awarded Mr. Mlangeni honourary lifetime membership at Clovelly Country Club.


Otway Hayes (Hall of Fame Inductee)

* 1937 - Member of the first Springbok Golf Team (3 x tests Britain)

* Head Professional at Zwartkop Country Club 1940 - 1996 (56 years)

* Honorary Life Member of Professional Golfers Association of South Africa

* 1996 - Compleat Golfer Contribution to Golf Award

* The Annual Trophy Presented to Club Professional of the Year is the "Otway Hayes" Trophy

Tournament record

* Western Province Amateur - 1936 & 1938
* Western Province Open - 2nd 1937
* Natal Amateur - 1938
* Natal Open - 1938, 46, 48, 49
* Natal Open - 2nd 1939
* South African Amateur - 1939
* Western Province Open - 1947
* Transvaal Open - 1948
* South African Open - 3rd 1950
* South African Open - 2nd 1953 (lost playoff)
* Mills Trophy - 1951

Memorabilia Donation

At the Induction, S.A. Golf Heritage Chairman, Tony Buirski received donations for the museum of Bobby Locke's inscribed watch from Denis Hutchinson, Bobby Locke's putter, and Sam Snead trophy from former Barclays Bank Jimmy McKenzie, and Reg Taylor's medals from his daughter Susie Ord.
May birthdays

8: Anton Haig
8: Francis Ouimet
9: Harry Vardon
13: Darren Fichardt
20: Branden Grace
22: Horton Smith
24: Jimmy Demeret
27: Sam Snead
YouTube & Photos

Induction highlights on YouTube

Induction photos on facebook: Southern Africa Golf Hall of Fame
Nominations Class 2013

The following candidates are presently short-listed for consideration for Induction into the Class of 2013. You are welcome to forward additional candidates, but please include their CV or motivation.

* Arthur Walker
* Vivian Horak
* Rae Hast
* Denis Watson
* Tony Johnstone
* Mickey Janks
* Peter Matkovich
* Simon Hobday
* Bob Williams
* Derek Kemp

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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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Quotable Quotes

"For me Garcia made a big mental mistake in not playing for a three. Not the time to go at the pin. Tiger was in his head."

- Tiger Woods' former coach Butch Harmon after Sergio Garcia chased the tucked pin at the island green 17th at the Players Championship at Sawgrass this weekend when he knew two closing pars would probably be enough to force a play-off
Who am I?

In 1970 I was the South African Sportsman of the Year after winning the SA Amateur and Strokeplay as well as the World Individual Championships. Thereafter I won two majors and was runner-up in another three. I also won what became a major the following year, whilst winning 15 tournaments in the USA. My proudest award was in 1989 when I received the Ben Hogan Adversity Award after coming back from cancer to win my second major in 1988. Presently I am playing for the World Senior Team against the USA Seniors.

Answer: Sally Little
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