Mercedes-Benz Southern African Golf Hall of Fame Newsletter

The 5th Mercedes-Benz Southern Africa Golf Hall of Fame Induction Gala Banquet is scheduled for the Johannesburg Country Club (Woodmead) on Tuesday, 20 May. About 350 guests are expected for the golf tournament and induction banquet, which will include key invited guests from the golf industry, captains of industry, politicians, and famous golfers.

The Inductees for 2013 are:

1.   Arthur Walker (amateur)
- introduced by Denis Hutchinson

2.   Simon Hobday (Zambia)
- introduced by Dale Hayes & TBA

3.   Tony Johnstone (Zimbabwe)
- introduced by Dale Hayes & Dave Oodendal

4.   Joe Dlamini (Swaziland)
- introduced by Vincent Tshabalala

5.   Ruby Bright (amateur)
- introduced by Peter Sauerman

6.   Rae Hast
- introduced by Sally Little

7.   The "Harry Brews award" for his contribution to the game: Raymond Ackerman - introduction Francois Pienaar & TBA


* The ongoing debate over whether Ernie Els will convert back to a standard-length putter seems to be over after the Big Easy used his Yes putter at the Qatar Masters and Dubai Classic. There was a great deal of irony in the switch because it was Els who hammered home the nail in the debate over body anchored putters when he won his fourth Major - the 2012 Open at Lytham - with a belly putter.

* Els, a former three-time winner of the Desert Classic missed the cut after ending the first two days level par after shooting 74 and 70. The "Big Easy" wasn't the only South African to fade in the desert as Garth Mulroy, Jbe Kruger, Wayne Westner and Branden Grace all failed to make it into the weekend.

* It proved to be a tough weekend for South Africa's other two-time US Open champion Retief Goosen who failed to make the cut in the Waste Management Phoenix Open on the PGA Tour.

* There's a marker by the first tee at the Old Course at Broken Sound commemorating the first shot hit by Nick Price as a Champions Tour golfer. When Price tees it up this week in the Allianz Championship, hitting that drive could be the most challenging shot he faces during the tournament, which begins Friday. Price, 56, didn't play a competitive round following elbow surgery until last June and never did get it going, failing to record a top-25 finish in the eight events he did play.

The US is losing ground - Player

Our most famous Hall of Famer has always loved the United States, which he calls the greatest country in the world. Three of Gary Player's six children are even American citizens, and 15 of his grandchildren are American.  
So when he cries "Wake up, America!" in a plea for the country to take its health more seriously, it's personal. "You've got to start with the schools," Player said in advance of the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation. "A young man today comes out of school and he goes home and he sits down and what does he do? He eats popcorn or he plays video games. Can you believe in this great country 25 percent of the youth are obese already?" He warned that the US is fast losing ground to China, India and Africa. "You know most people in this country, when they get over 50, they haven't seen their private parts in the last five years," he added.


From Barry Cohen: First day cover 1976 Gary Player stamp

From Rob Taylor: framed tan leather bag cover which contains the signatures of some famous golfers (Hogan et al) which Reg Taylor got when he toured the USA with Bobby Locke in 1948.


In was born in Umtali, Rhodesia in 1932 and played most of my career on the South African Tour (now Sunshine Tour) finding success, winning five times between 1959 and 1970. I turned professional not long after winning the South African Open Championship as an amateur in 1959. I went on to win the South African PGA Championship in 1970 and the Dunlop South African Masters three times. Outside of South Africa, I won the French Open in 1966. I an honorary Life President of the PGA of South Africa.

* Answer Denis Hutchinson


"I remember walking down the fairway with Chip (Beck) - it was his first Open as well - and we kind of looked at each other, drinking in the aura, the feel. It was the feeling of returning to the home of golf, playing in the national championship of the home of golf. People had been playing golf on these grounds for hundreds of years, and here we were, part of it. It was simply a remarkable feeling, a feeling of almost overwhelming gratitude for having the opportunity to be there."

- Nick Price recounting the start of the 1982 Open championship at Troon

"If you go by the conventional wisdom about putting mechanics, all of his techniques were wrong."

- Sports psychologist Rob Rotella on Bobby Locke

"I felt like I needed to win this today somehow, from what happened yesterday. But, it's just a game. It's not a life-or-death situation. There' are a lot of people out there worse off than me. I wasn't going to look at it like if I don't win, it's the end of the world."

- Retief Goosen after he nearly threw away the 2001 US Open at Southern Hills Country Club in Oklahoma with a three-putt at the 18th


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The Hall of Fame is sending best wishes to all of its members celebrating February birthdays! To send your wishes, visit our Facebook page @ Southern Africa Golf Hall of Fame on their special day or buy a commemorative brick on our Walk of Fame.

02: Tongoona Charamba (Zimbabwe)
03: Retief Goosen
04: Byron Nelson
05: Jose Marie Olazabal
08: Madalitso Muthiya (Zambia)
10: Greg Norman
14: Mickey Wright
15: Lee-Anne Pace
18: Tich Moore
19: Sean Pappas
22: Marc Cayeux
22: Vijay Singh
23: Jaco van Zyl
27: Gene Sarazen
28: J.G. Claassen

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