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

Ruby Bright, Simon Hobday, Tony Johnstone, Rae Hast, Joe Dlamini and Arthur Walker were honoured at the glittering fifth induction gala in Johannesburg two weeks ago. The Johannesburg Country Club was the fitting setting for many of the regions leading golf personalities.

The Mercedes-Benz Southern Africa Golf Hall of Fame Celebrity tournament saw Rajen and Nisharlan Sewgolum ('Papwa's son and grandson), Adam Hayes, Simon Hobday, Paul Friedlander, Tony Johnstone, Joe Dlamini, Gavin Levenson, and Denis Hutchinson competing along with media personalities such as Dan Retief, Hugh Bladen, and Graeme Joffe. The Induction Banquet was preceded by a Louis Oosthuizen wine tasting while the Afro Tenors set the mood with their unique brand of music.

Premier golf historian Peter Sauerman inducted Ruby Bright who won the first of four South African Women's Championship titles just six months after taking up the sport. Denis Hutchinson then inducted Arthur Walker, who dominated South African amateur golf between 1956-59, winning the S.A. Amateur, Eisenhower team trophy, the English Amateur, and making the semi-finals of the British Amateur.

Swaziland Senator Mike Temple explained how Joe Dlamini turned professional at the ripe old age of 37,and inspired his kingdom. A very gracious Joe Dlamini accepted his award, saying "it is the greatest day in my life".

Rae Hast, whose achievements included winning the South African Strokeplay and Matchplay crowns in 1982, said she turned professional overnight after being barred from the 1983 British Amateur Championship because of anti-apartheid sentiment.

Investec's Hugh Herman then introduced Raymond Ackerman, winner of the Harry Brews' Award for his "selfless contribution to the betterment, improvement and growth of the game of golf".

Nick Price and Mark McNulty (via video link) regaled the audience with tales about Tony Johnstone (including a completely missed a putt in the World Cup).

And the cherry on top of the proceedings were stories of Simon Hobday's chequered career, including attempting to walk on water.

Hall of Fame's Barry Cohen saluted the title sponsor: "Mercedes-Benz pulled off another wonderful evening with glitz and plenty of glamour, an event enjoyed by all!"

Telling it like it is...

Dale Hayes kicked off the black-tie proceedings attended by many dignitaries including the Swaziland Ambassador, various golf bodies, and guests from as far afield as Australia, England, Switzerland, Swaziland, and around South Africa to attend this prestigious occasion.  

* Gary Player, the dean of golf fitness, has released a three-DVD set called Gary Player: A Game for Life ($99 at Player demonstrates some of the exercises he routinely does. He also covers the basics like how to improve your posture and strengthen core muscles, and shares some his secrets to longevity, including an unorthodox exercise to keep his feet strong ("You can't play good golf on bad feet")

* The 2014 Berenberg Gary Player Invitational, to be played at Wentworth on Monday 21st July, will feature a remarkable field of world-renowned golf professionals. This year's event will feature an all-star cast alongside tournament host and golfing icon Gary Player. The participating professionals are: Martin Kaymer, Rickie Fowler, Branden Grace, Lee Westwood, Colin Montgomerie, Jason Day, Fred Couples, David Howell, Bernd Wiesberger, Suzann Pettersen, Darren Clarke, Louis Oosthuizen, Jason Dufner, Thomas Bjorn, Ian Woosnam, George Coetzee and Marc Leishman.

* Ernie Els has launched a sparkling Big Easy Iced Tea & Lemonade together with Stellenbosch beverage company, Chill Beverages International. Free of preservatives and artificial colourants, lower in sugar and a blend of lemon juice and extracts of real tea, Big Easy could most certainly fill a gap in the market. Purchases of Big Easy also contribute to Els for Autism, the NGO founded by Ernie and Liezl Els to help autistic children.

* Retief Goosen, Sergio Garcia, Angel Cabrera and Stewart Cink are among the latest group of golfers who have committed to play in the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell on June 19-22. Goosen, who won both the 2001 and 2004 U.S. Open titles, is making his second appearance, tying for fifth in 2010.

* Sally Little, South Africa's most successful female golfer, has secured another first for this country after being named captain of the World Team for September's ISPS Handa Cup in the United States. This is the ninth playing of the Cup, which is an international team event drawing players from the Legends Tour, the official senior tour of the LPGA Tour. The Cup features the game's top senior women professionals, and pits an American team of 12 LPGA Legends competing against an international team in 36 holes of stroke-play competition. This is the first time that a South African woman has been named captain of the World Team.


Compleat Golfer has donated its entire golf library to the museum (above) while Raymond Ackerman has donated a set of Bobby Locke clubs on behalf of Clovelly CC to the museum (below)



I grew up in Swaziland where I learned to play golf with a knobkerrie. I became the head professional and coach at the Royal Swazi Country Club. I turned professional at 37. In 1989, I won the Mitshushiba Pro Shop Swazi Pro-Am title at Royal Swazi with a 20-under total of 268. I won more than a dozen professional tournaments, including four on the Sunshine Tour

Answer: Joe Dlamini


"To be given this opportunity is really exciting. I'm so looking forward to it. I was vice-captain last year, which was the first time the World Team won. And we've got a big challenge this year because the Americans have a really good pool of players to choose from. But so do we."
- Sally Little who has been named captain of the World Team for September's ISPS Handa Cup in the US.

"Everyone examines greens, but only he knows what he is looking for."
- Legendary putter Ben Hogan on Bobby Locke

"While it is heartwarming that golfers of all races are beginning to mix freely, it's come too late for me."
- Papwa Sewgolum reflecting on his career in an interview with sportswriter Norman Canale in 1978


The recently published book The Kings of Swing, a study of South Africa's greatest golfers is now on sale in the UK (through Waterstones) and in the US (through Barnes & Noble).

In South Africa, it can be purchased at Exclusive Books.

- 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 June 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.

01: Allan Henning
02: Charlie Sifford*
03: Hale Irwin*
08: Trevor Fisher Jnr
09: Keith Horne
10: Peter Karmis
14: Bradford Vaughan
16: Tom Morris, Sr.
20: Robert Trent Jones Sr.
23: Jbe Kruger ; Simon Hobday
24: Billy Casper*
25: Hennie Otto
26: Babe Zaharias
28: Warren Avery
30: Willie Park Sr.

* Deceased

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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