Mercedes-Benz Southern African Golf Hall of Fame Newsletter
MARCH 2014  

A second flagship South African Golf Museum will be built at the V&A Waterfront to open during the second-half of 2014 (watch this space!)


Rita Easton, one of the legends of South African golf and one of only two women to be elected to the Hall of Fame in its first year, died on February 26 after a long illness. She was 83. Born in 1930, playing out of Clovelly Country Club, she won everything there was to win in South African women's golf including the S.A. Ladies  
Championship 1950, 51, 53, 55, 58, 69, Runner-up twice, and then was the first women to turn professional in 1970. Easton was a member of the Black Sash, and she fought tirelessly against the National Party the Apartheid system. In a recent media interview, she expressed mixed emotions about her career, saying she believed she was a hypocrite. ‘How could I have represented South Africa in the apartheid years when I always fought against the system?’


The 5th Mercedes-Benz Southern Africa Golf Hall of Fame Induction Gala Banquet will be held at the Johannesburg Country Club (Woodmead) on Tuesday, 20 May. About 250 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 & & Peter Matkovich

3.   Tony Johnstone (Zimbabwe)
- introduced by Dale Hayes & Dave Odendaal, Nick Price & Mark McNulty

4.   Joe Dlamini (Swaziland)
- introduced by Theo Manyama & Selwyn Nathan

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

6.   Rae Hast
- introduced by Sally Little & Johan Piek

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

Guest Speaker: Doug Sanders (USA golf legend)

Contact Barry Cohen for more information and attendance


* The love-hate relationship Ernie Els has with the Match Play Championship has taken a major turn for the better. Els reached the semifinals in this tournament for the first time in 13 years. He was eventually defeated by Frenchman Victor Dubuisson.

* Gary Player has spoken fondly about the 65-foot-tall Loblolly Pine known as "the Eisenhower Tree" along Augusta National's 17th hole which was recently cut down after it was damaged in a recent ice storm. Former President Dwight Eisenhower hit it so many times between 1948 and 1969 that he lobbied to have it removed. Player recalled how he played at Augusta nearly 60 years ago 'and Sam Snead used to just cream it over that tree'. 'He told [South African golfer] Bobby Cole and Cole said, "How is that possible?" And he said, 'It was only 12-foot high when I did it.'

* Retief Goosen completed 36 holes of The Honda Classic in 5-over-par to miss the cut. It leaves him with only four starts on his Major Medical Extension to earn $104 000 or 90.42 FedExCup points and retain status.

* Brendon de Jonge who charged to the top of the leaderboard at the Honda Classic before fading, has turned to fellow Zimbabwean Nick Price for help with his putting. De Jonge who stayed at the Hall of Famer's Florida home for the week was eager to learn from the three-time Major champion. They focused on head position, ball position and grip, trying to find the perfect combination. 'You're not going to go from the outhouse to the penthouse in one stroke,' Price told de Jonge during the tutorial.


Alastair Smith (Ireland - major memorabilia collector)
Medals and photos
8. H.R. Hickson - S.W. Africa Open Championship 1953 Winner
Ivor Dorrington - South African Amateur Championship 1965 Runner Up

Jeff Leigh (UK ex Clovelly)
4 Ryder Cup Jackets (Valderrama: Belfry: K Club and Celtic Manor) towels,caps and other golfing memorabilia from different courses!

Barry Cohen
Various golf books; Trophy: 2007 World Corporate Golf Challenge gross winner


I was born in 1935. I became only the third golfer in history to win the Grand Slam, following Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen. In 1984, at the age of 48, I nearly became the oldest ever Major champion, finishing just behind Lee Trevino at the PGA Championship. I have won 165 tournaments on six continents over six decades. I am also a renowned golf course architect with more than 325 design projects on five continents and I have authored or co-written 36 golf books.

Answer: Gary Player


"In 1982 I had my hand on this trophy. In 1988 I had my right hand on the trophy. Now I finally have it in both hands."
- Nick Price after winning the Open at Turnberry in 1994

"I could win the South African Open and even the Spanish Open, but I did not believe that I had what it took to win a Major."
- Dale Hayes

"The things I have seen in the Ryder Cup have disappointed me. You are hearing about hatred and war."
- Gary Player


The Hall of Fame is sending best wishes to all of its members celebrating March 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.

04: Roger Wessels
10: Richard Kaplan
11: Brett Liddle
13: Michiel Bothma
14: Denis Hutchinson; Bob Charles
16: Vincent Tshabalala
17: Bobby Jones
19: J.H. Taylor
20: Chris Williams
26: Ian Hutchings
30: Louis de Jager
31: Tommy Bolt

Acquire a plaque and add the words in remembrance for your club, friend, family, yourself, or just to show your support of the Southern Africa Golf Hall of Fame and Museum and help us to keep our golfing history alive!

- Branded shirts, pants, caps for men and women
- Fabulous autographed memorabilia
- Huge array of smaller branded items
(sale items will shortly be featured on our website)

Facebook: Southern Africa Golf Hall of Fame

Please contact Barry for further details
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