Mercedes-Benz Southern African Golf Hall of Fame Newsletter
A long, long time ago

Thirty years in fact! Two young, bright-eyed teenagers who lived an ocean away from each other met for the first of many thrilling encounters. It was 1984 and Hall of Famer Ernie Els went head to head with Phil Mickelson for the 1984 World Junior Golf Championship title. For the record, the big 14-year-old South African (with the laziest of swings) pipped the Californian for the title at Torrey Pines. Twenty years later, Phil Mickelson settled the score when he went head-to-head with Els in one of the most thrilling duels in the back nine on the final Sunday at Augusta. And again last week - 30 years after their first duel - it was Mickelson who got the better of Els by one stroke at TPC Boston. Mickelson finished his round at 1-over, and sits at 2-over for the tournament, with Els one stroke back in each category. However, a final round of 66 meant that Els finished at 11-under-par for the tournament and the result in the first round of FedEx Cup play-offs means that the 44-year-old shot up the overall standings.


The Hall of Fame is to host two golf events at Oubaai with prize giving in the museum, scheduled for December 2014 and May 2015. Details to follow.  


* Sally Little will become the first South African to captain the World Team for the 2014 ISPS Handa Cup when the team of 12 senior golfers from around the World tees up against 12 Americans in the 36 holes of strokeplay competition, from 25th to 28th September. The World Team are the defending champions and include Helen Alfredsson, Laura Davies, Trish Johnson, Alison Nicholas, Liselotte Neumann, Dawn Coe-Jones, Lorie Kane, Jane Crafter, Wendy Doolan, Jan Stephenson, Alicia Dibos, Jenny Lidback and Mieko Nomura. The US Team, captained by Nancy Lopez, consists of Juli Inkster, Beth Daniel, Meg Mallon, Pat Bradley, Rosie Jones, Christa Johnson, Barb Mucha, Laurie Rinker, Nancy Scranton, Val Skinner, Sherri Steinhauer and Sherri Turner.

* Retief Goosen has moved into the top 100 of the world rankings after a share of 66th at TPC Boston

* The world-class, Gary Player-designed Thracian Cliffs Resort in Bulgaria has been bestowed membership of the prestigious 'Leading Golf Courses Europe' collection following a recent inspection visit by its senior team. The luxury Black Sea venue has gained many admirers since opening in 2011, with images of its sensational cliff-top Gary Player golf course being transmitted around the world. It also successfully hosted the 2013 Volvo World Match Play Championship and scooped the 'European Golf Resort of the Year 2014' award, bestowed by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO).


-   I was the first really good non-European golfer when I went to play in the 1929 British Open (Ramnath 'Bambata' Boodham)
-   After beating Gary Player head-to-head with my back-to-front grip the government took away my passport (Papwa Sewgolum)
-   Because I was banned from playing in my own country, I went and won the Dutch Open three times against top fields (Papwa Sewgolum)
-   I beat Sam Snead 12 out of 16 challenge matches with two drawn (Bobby Locke)
-   When I went to play golf on the USA Tour I won 11 of my first 16 starts, so they banned me (Bobby Locke)
-   I won 9 majors and 9 senior majors and more tournaments worldwide than any other golfer (Gary Player)
-   I beat Tiger Woods head-to-head on a number of occasions (Lewis Chitengwa)
-   I won the French Open against a top field pulling my own golf cart and then was banned by both the white and black golf bodies (Vincent Tshabalala)
-   My ball was moving and dropped into the hole, but I was penalised two shots for waiting too long and lost the US Open by one shot. If I had putted, I would have been penalised for hitting a moving ball (Denis Watson)
-   I forgot to replace my ball after marking it sideways before sinking my final putt to win The Open (Bobby Locke)
-   Lightening struck, my shoes and clothes were burnt off, yet I went on to win two US Opens (Retief Goosen)
-   'Your left hand is weak'....'yes, but I take my cheques with my right hand' (Bobby Locke)
-   'You will never make it on tour because you too short off the tee'.....'You drive for show, I putt for dough' (Bobby Locke)
-   I won 11 of my first 59 starts on the US Tour, was second in 10, third in 8, and fourth in 5 so they banned me (Bobby Locke)
-   After a two year life-threatening stomach battle which caused me to leave the tour, I came back and won a major (Sally Little)


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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

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

Simply answer the following question:

How many Majors did Gary Player win on the Senior Tour?


* The winners of our previous competitions are Rodney Sleep (July) and Maurice Habib (August)

Prizes sponsored by Polo



I was born in Johannesburg in 1946. I turned professional in 1971 and spent my regular career playing mainly in Europe. I was a member of the European Tour from its first season in 1972 until 1993 and made the top one hundred on the Order of Merit for the Tour's first 19 seasons, including three top 10 placings: 1973 (3rd); 1975 (6th) and 1977 (2nd). As a senior (over 50) golfer, I played mainly on the U.S.-based Champions Tour, where I secured three wins. I also designed many golf courses such as the Legend Course at the Constance Belle Mare Plage Resort in Mauritius, venue of the 2011 MCB Tour Championship. I live in Palm Springs, California.

Answer: Hugh Baiocchi


"Going to the short putter, there was a huge margin there to improve and I feel I've really closed a big gap there that I've been lacking in my game, and it's been my short game. That's great, when you're starting to make putts, you'll even see me smile maybe now. It's hard to smile when you keep missing putts, believe me, as a golfer."
- Ernie Els

"I beg you - I'm playing for my life here. I ask you from the bottom of my heart not to move."
- Gary Player addressing a spectator at the 1959 Open Championship at Muirfield (which he won)

'For all his kindness and gentility, Nick Price is as driven as anyone in the game.'
- John Feinstein


Police are called to an apartment and find a woman holding a bloody 3-iron standing over a lifeless man.
The detective asks, "Ma'am, is that your husband?"
"Yes" says the woman.
"Did you hit him with that golf club?" "Yes, yes, I did." The woman begins to sob, drops the club, and puts her hands on her face.
"How many times did you hit him?"
"I don't know - put me down for a five."


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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


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

03: Jeff Hawkes
04: Tom Watson
04: Raymond Floyd
08: Bobby Lincoln
10: Kelli Shean
10: Arnold Palmer
10: Larry Nelson
11: David Frost
15: Fulton Allem
22: John Bland
25: Tjaart van der Walt
26: Trevor Dodds
26: Steve van Vuuren
28: Derek James
28: Wayne Westner

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