Mercedes-Benz Southern African Golf Hall of Fame Newsletter
APRIL 2014  
Ernie in the spotlight as world
marks Autism Awareness month

South Africa's favourite golfer (and Hall of Famer) Ernie Els is in the spotlight as the world marks Autism Awareness month. Wednesday was World Autism Day and to mark the occasion, the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse near Ernie's Florida home was lit up in blue. A portion of the proceeds from tickets sold at a function there will go towards the "Els for Autism" Foundation, which broke ground on the Els Centre for Excellence last month. When Ernie tees off at Augusta next Thursday in his quest to capture an elusive green jacket (and a fifth Major), a tournament to raise funds for Autism will also be held at the Old Palm Golf Club in Florida. Els established the Autism Foundation in 2009 after his son Ben was diagnosed with autism. Els says the goal of creating his Autism Centre of Excellence is very nearly complete, with plans to open sometime next year. The centre will help some 300 students progress in their education and adjustment to adult life and job training, as well as conduct research and provide medical and professional services.

This month's memorabilia donations

Jeff Leigh: Ryder Cup merchandise through the years

Jim & Mrs Gray & Mr & Gill Kirkwood: various memorabilia including literature and equipment



The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum has introduced a process for individuals to be inducted beginning with the Class of 2015. The Induction process will now be governed by a Selection Commission made up of 16 individuals who will be responsible for electing candidates into the Hall of Fame, with each Inductee needing at least 75 percent of the vote to gain entry. Starting with the 2015 event, the Induction Ceremony will become a biennial celebration with the following Ceremony taking place in 2017. The Hall of Fame is working with its television partners to create an enhanced promotional strategy, focusing on expanding coverage of the Induction Ceremony. The additional time between ceremonies will also serve to heighten anticipation for each event.


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.

Dale Hayes is the MC, and entertainment is provided by 'Afro Tenors'.

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 Nick Price*, Mark McNulty*, Gavan Levinson & Dave Odendaal

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

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 Hugh Herman

Some of the heavyweights who have confirmed their attendance include:

Tony Johnstone, Gavan Levenson, Cobie Legrange, Denis Hutchinson, Dale Hayes, Dave Usendorf, Simon Hobday, Joe Dlamini, Raymond Ackerman, Rae Hast, Khaya Ngqula, Thabang Moropa, Theo Manyama, Peter Sauerman, Rajen Sewgolum, Arnold Geerdts, Derek Watts, Michael Scholtz, Ivano Ficalbi and Peter Matkovitch.

Email Barry Cohen at for cost and detailed information should you be interested in attending.


* With the Masters just a week away, Nick Price is remembered for being one of only two golfers who have scored the magic number of 63 at Augusta National. Both instances - Price in 1986 and Greg Norman in 1996 - produced two of the most memorable Masters in history, but not for the 63s. Price lost to Jack Nicklaus' magical back-nine run on Sunday to claim his sixth green jacket while Norman's epic final-round collapse handed Nick Faldo another Masters title. Both Price and Norman went out in 33 and played the inward nine in 30 strokes for their 63s.

* Staying with the Masters, Tiger Woods who has been side-lined by a back injury which has resulted in surgery that could also rule him out of the Open and even the Ryder Cup. Hall of Famer and two-time Major champion Retief Goosen has warned Woods of the drought that could lie ahead. After all, the South African has enjoyed just one top 10 finish since his surgery in 2012.

* Nine-time Major winner Gary Player will serve on the selection committee of the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum which has introduced a process for individuals to be inducted beginning with the Class of 2015. The Selection Commission will be Co-Chaired by Hall of Fame members Nancy Lopez, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, and Annika Sorenstam and will include the members of the World Golf Foundation Board of Directors and a mix of institutional and at-large seats.

* Meanwhile, Player paid a visit to Pinehurst Resort recently. While he was there, the 78-year-old jumped in to one of the many bunkers. Throughout his illustrious career, Player built a reputation as arguably the best bunker player who ever lived. With a small crowd assembled, Player drove that point home. He splashed a shot out of the bunker and - when the ball is barely halfway to the hole - he repeated, "There it is," four times before the ball dropped in the hole. The mark of a champion! (watch it here:


I was born in Bulawayo and attended Christian Brothers College.

I turned professional in 1979 and spent my career playing mainly on the Southern African Sunshine Tour and in Europe. I won six times on the European Tour and finished a career best seventh on the European Tour Order of Merit in 1992. My most prestigious win came at the 1992 British PGA Championship. In 2004, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. With a revolutionary drug treatment, I made my European Seniors Tour debut shortly after turning fifty in 2006. In 2008 I won my first EST event, the Jersey Seniors Classic. I won my second event on the Seniors tour in 2009 at the Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters. I now commentate for the European Tour.

Answer: Tony Johnstone


"The black mamba will strike. Nobody knows who Retief Goosen is. It will be a sneak attack. Nobody will see it coming."
- Sports psychologist Jos Vanstiphout before Goosen won the 2001 US Open

"This is an incredibly exciting year not only for me, but also for (my wife) Liezl and our children as we watch our dream of creating a world-class center, focused on improving the lives of those impacted by autism, start to become a reality."
- Ernie Els

"One six-foot putt, for my life? I'll take Bobby Locke. I've seen them all, and there was never a putter like him."
- Gary Player

"If there was ever a golfer who took the road less traveled, it is Nick Price. His was an intricate puzzle, but when all the pieces were finally in place, Price at his peak played at a level rarely reached in the history of the game."
- The World Golf Hall of Fame citation for Nick Price when he was inducted in 2003


- 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 (c) 082 9907952

Visit the South African Golf Museum situated at the Hyatt Regency Oubaai, Herolds Bay, George, if you are visiting the Garden Route


The Hall of Fame is sending best wishes to all of its members celebrating April 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: Rory Sabbatini
04: JoAnne Carner
06: Theunis Spangenberg
09: Seve Ballesteros
14: Roberto De Vicenzo
20: Tom Morris, Jr.
22: Deane Beman; Brandon Peters
27: Leo Diegel
29: Johnny Miller

Buy a 'brick' for R950 and have your message inscribed on the brick.

Support the Museum, become a member and enjoy various benefits

Website: Facebook: Southern Africa Golf Hall of Fame

Please contact Barry for further details
(c) 082 9907952

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