ISSUE 17
Mercedes-Benz Southern African Golf Hall of Fame Newsletter
August 2014  
 
 
Big leap for Sally Little

South Africa's greatest woman golfer Sally Little has jetted off to the US where she will captain the World Team for the 2014 ISPS HandaCup. The 62-year-old Little, who is the first South African to have the captaincy bestowed on her, will lead 12 of the finest female senior golfers from across the world against 12 of the US in 36 holes of strokeplay competition in September. "To be given this opportunity is thrilling," said Little. She was vice-captain last year, which was the first time the World Team won. Little won two Majors and has 15 LPGA Tour titles to her name. The Capetonian also sponsors a tournament in South Africa's Glacier Junior Series.

 
Ackerman saluted

Raymond Ackerman, Pat van Heerden, F.W. de Klerk, Barry Cohen

Clovelly Country Club last week held a dinner in honour of retail giant Raymond Ackerman who recently
 
received the Harry Brews award for his contribution to golf. Former President F.W. de Klerk was the keynote speaker.

Ackerman managed the daunting task of persuading former Prime Minister BJ Vorster to allow the club to admit all races in 1978. In addition, he was honoured for his financial contributions, donating the club to its members, and for his work with the Raymond Ackerman Golf Academy.

This was the first time a sports club was open to all races, but permission was subject to the fact that it was kept 'under wraps'. Former President F.W. de Klerk a few months later, as the Minister of Arts and Sport used this precendent to move politics away from sport and let clubs decide their own policies

 
OTHER HALL OF FAMERS IN THE NEWS

* Going into this weekend's PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club, it had been a less-than-inspiring Majors season for Ernie Els. He missed the cut at the Masters and Open Championship and tied for 35th in the U.S. Open at Pinehurst. But after a suspension of play early in his fourth round on Sunday, Els made a good par at the second hole and then reeled off four birdies in a row. That run helped propel him to a 6-under 65, equalling the best score of the week, and a top-10 finish at 11-under-par 273.

* 20 years ago this week, Nick Price won his second PGA Championship in record fashion. Price finished at 11-under 269 for 72 holes, six strokes ahead of Corey Pavin.

* As he approaches his 79th birthday, there is unfinished business for the legendary golfer Gary Player. He would love to breed a horse capable of winning a big race like the Durban July. Player's stud farm has produced a quality racehorse in a yearling by popular stallion Var. The youngster made top price of R1m at the recent KwaZulu-Natal Yearling Sale at the Suncoast Casino resort in Durban.

* Construction of the Els Centre of Excellence, a world-class facility on 27 acres in Jupiter, Fla., is well underway. When completed it will offer cutting-edge programs to help and enrich the lives of children and young adults on the autism spectrum, both locally and globally. Ernie Els has poured $6 million into the facility and is leading an ambitious fundraising effort to bring the $30-million complex to completion. Els's 12-year-old son, Ben, is profoundly touched by autism, a neurological disorder that is without medical detection or cure, its cases as unique as the individuals it affects.

 
NEW MEMORABILIA

A rare edition of Arnold Palmer's Golf Instruction

 

 
HALL OF FAME ANNUAL MAGAZINE

Advertising deadline for this collector edition is 01 September. 60,000 Copies distributed nationally to golfers.

Contact us for further details and rates.

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GOLF HALL OF FAME TOURS

The Golf Hall of Fame will be introducing golf tours to the 2015 Open, Masters, and the 2016 Olympic Games, where you will have the opportunity to meet some of the Southern African golfing icons and legends.

- 2015 The Open - 2015 The Masters - 2016 Olympic Games

For further details please contact Barry:
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WIN WITH US

The SA Golf Hall of Fame is offering the following prize: Polo shirt and cap.

Simply answer the following question:

In what year did Gary Player win his third (and final) Open championship?

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Prizes sponsored by Polo

 
 

 
WHO AM I?

My middle names are Raymond Leige. I began my professional golf career in 1977 on the Southern Africa Tour, before moving to the European Tour and finally the PGA Tour in 1983.In the mid-1990s, I reached number one in the Official World Golf Ranking. I continue to play professionally, and have expanded into golf design with my own company operating out of Florida. I also own a line of signature golf apparel. Oh, I also won three Majors.

Answer: Nick Price

 
QUOTABLE QUOTES

"Goosen is laid-back on a golf course to the point of making Ernie Els look a nervous wreck."
- Telegraph reporter Hugh Jones

"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 you like root canals and hemorrhoids, you'd love it there."
- Nick Price on the Ryder Cup

"Who else but a god could win a US Open after playing most of his approach shots out of wheat fields, leaving his brain at the hotel and starting a Monday play-off bogey, triple bogey?"
- Sports Illustrated on Ernie Els' after he won the 1994 US Open following a play-off

 
COFFEE TABLE BOOK

The Southern Africa Hall of Fame is planning to publish a coffee table book on the history of golf and saluting the giants of the game in the region. It is seeking sponsors for the project and has listed the proposed venture on kick-starter. To find out more, visit:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/329508057/southern-africa-golf-hall-of-fame-coffee-table-boo

 
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FOR SALE IN MUSEUM RETAIL SHOP

- 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)

Website: www.golfhalloffame.co.za
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Visit the South African Golf Museum situated at the Hyatt Regency Oubaai, Herolds Bay, George, if you are visiting the Garden Route

 
 
AUGUST BIRTHDAYS

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

07: Doug McGuigan
07: Garth Mulroy
12: Justin Hobday
13: Ben Hogan; Betsy King
17: Hugh Baiocchi
23: John Fourie; Peter Thompson
24: Nico van Rensburg
27: Richard Sterne; Ashley Roestoff; Bernhard Langer
 
 
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