Mercedes-Benz Southern African Golf Hall of Fame Newsletter
OCTOBER 2014  
Papwa's extraordinary feat
recalled 50 years later

Fifty years ago, in 1964, an extraordinary South African golfer cemented his place in history by winning his third - and final - Dutch Open. Durban-born Papwa Sewgolum's extraordinary feat was celebrated by non-white  
golfers around the world and it drew a great deal of attention to the Apartheid regime which had stifled his career in South Africa. Sewgolum who was discovered as a bare-foot caddie, entered the 1959 Open Championship, missing the cut by just four strokes. But he bounced back weeks later to become the first man of colour to win a significant tournament in Europe when he won the Dutch Open. He won the same tournament in 1960. He did not have the funds to participate in the next three Dutch Opens, but when he managed to return again in 1964, he took the title for a third time. Thanks to his global successes, the South African government allowed him to compete locally in the 1963 Natal Open. He beat favourite Harold Henning to take first place, making him the first man of colour to win a South African tournament. The prize-giving ceremony received international coverage after Sewgolum was barred from entering the "whites-only" clubhouse. A photo of him receiving his trophy outside in the rain made headlines across the world and the government, already under scrutiny, received even more criticism. He repeated this feat in 1965 beating Gary Player, and again in 1966. In 2004, he was awarded the Order of Ikhamanga, which is a National Order for people who have excelled in the arts and sport. Durban Golf Club has been renamed the Papwa Sewgolum Municipal Golf Course and in 2010, he was elected a founder member of the Southern Africa Golf Hall of Fame.


The South African Golf Museum at Oubaai, George, has undergone some improvements with significant additional displays of artifact memorabilia, replica 'Swilcan' bridge into the major winner section, and the Gary Player exhibition, whilst the Hall of Fame has been updated. Another interesting feature are the results of the 'lost-history' of the non-European tour, as well as junior and amateur international victories.

If you are visiting the Garden Route, do yourself a favour and take a walk through the memories of yesteryear.

As Dale Hayes says:
"There are displays of memorabilia at the South African Museum of Golf that can only be bettered at the R&A museum at St. Andrews and at Royal Blackheath. It should be compulsory for all young golfers to pay the museum a visit so that they can stroll through the history of the game in South Africa."


* Ernie Els will be among the galaxy of stars committed to playing in the BMW Masters at Lake Malaren in Shanghai (28th October to 2nd November). Els has had great success in China and is returning to the city where he won the BMW Asian Open in 2005 by 13 strokes.

* Meanwhile, the Big Easy will cut the ribbon on his first golf course creation in south-east Asia later this month with the official launch and grand opening of The Els Club Teluk Datai. Situated in Malaysia's tropical Langkawi archipelago, the four-time Major Champion's design is one of the world's most highly-anticipated golf course openings in recent times.

* Zimbabwean golfer Brendon de Jonge is hoping to erase memories of a difficult year with the PGA Tour season tournament in order to earn a place in next year's Presidents Cup team which countryman Nick Price will manage again. The biennial competition will be held in South Korea. "Looking forward to next year, the major goal is to try and get back on Nick's (Nick Price's) Presidents Cup team and get to relive that wonderful experience again," he said.

* The Gary Player Invitational presented by Coca-Cola will celebrate its 15th anniversary as South Africa's premier charity golf tournament when professional golfers, celebrities and business leaders gather for this year's tournament at the Lost City Golf Course at Sun City from November 20-23. As a "Union of Golf and Giving" that stretches around the globe, the South African charity event concludes the international Gary Player Invitational series which also stages events in the USA, Europe, China, and Abu Dhabi.


- Jock Brews golf club
- Jeantte Burd golf clubs
- 1996 World Cup print
  signed by Els & Westner
- US Open 1965 programme
- 1974 The Open progamme
  signed by Player
- Mark McNulty 1990 golf bag
  and caddy bibs
- 1972 Open programme
- 1961, 1973 W.P. Open
- Ryder Cup 2014 flag


During 2015, the Golf Hall of Fame will be introducing golf tours to Vietnam, The Open, Masters, as well as the 2016 Olympic Games, where you will have the opportunity to meet some of the Southern Africa's golfing legends.

For further details contact Barry:


I hail from Zimbabwe where I won the Zimbabwe Amateur from 1992-94 representing Zimababwe in the 1992 Eisenhower Cup. I was also the first black golfer to win the South African Amateur in 1993 beating Rory Sabbatini. In 1992 I won the Orange Bowl World Junior Championship beating Tiger Woods by 3 shots, and later beat Tiger in amatuer USA Collegiate tournaments including the 1996 NCAA Long Driving Contest. In 1995, I was the leading Inter-Collegiate player, and in addition won other tournaments such as USA Furman Intercollegiate in 1996, and the USA Seminole Classic in 1997. In 2000, I was the first black golfer to qualify to play on tour, and in 2001 whilst ranked 13th on the Canadian Tour, I suddenly died from a rare form of meningitis aged 26. The Canadian Tour hold an annual tournament named after me, with funds going to my foundation to assist underprivileged children in Zimbabwe gain access to educational and athletic opportunities.

Answer: Lewis Muridzo Chitengwa

"There's no telling how good he could have been".
- Gary Player

"He was a fighter, an absolute fighter, and is somebody we're all going to miss".
- Tiger Woods


"I blew this one but I'll know enough not to blow another one. I'm going to dream about this and have nightmares, but I don't expect to be depressed after placing second in the world's greatest championship."
- Nick Price after narrowly losing the 1982 Open Championship

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

"It's come too late for me."
- Papwa Sewgolum, in a 1978 interview, noting that while it was heartwarming that golfers of all races were beginning to mix freely in South Africa, his career was effectively over

"I am an animal when it comes to achievement and wanting success. There is never enough success for me."
- Gary Player


I recently came across a book which has helped my game tremendously. The book is on golf. I believe it gives the reader valuable playing tips and insider information gained through years of experience.

Highlights include:

Chapter 1 - How to Properly Line Up Your Fourth Putt
Chapter 2 - How to Hit a Maxfli from the Rough When You Just Hit a Titleist from the Tee
Chapter 3 - How to Avoid the Water When You Lie 8 in a Bunker
Chapter 4 - How to Get More Distance off the Shank
Chapter 5 - When to Give the Ranger the Finger
Chapter 6 - Using Your Shadow on the Greens to Maximize Earnings
Chapter 7 - When to Implement Handicap Management
Chapter 8 - Proper Excuses for Drinking Beer Before 9:00 a.m.
Chapter 9 - How to Find That Ball That Everyone Else Saw Go in the Water
Chapter 10 - How to Relax When You Are Hitting Three off the Tee
Chapter 11 - When to Suggest Major Swing Corrections to Your Opponent
Chapter 12 - When to Re-grip Your Ball Retriever

The book also includes the latest GOLF TERMS

A Paris Hilton - an expensive hole
A Diego Maradonna - a very nasty 5 footer
A Salman Rushdie - an impossible read
A Rock Hudson - thought it was straight, but it wasn't
A Cuban - needs one more revolution
An Adolf Hitler - two shots in the bunker
A Kate Winslett - a bit fat but otherwise perfect
A Kate Moss - bit thin
A Gerry Adams - playing a Provisional
A Rodney King - over-clubbed
An O. J. Simpson - got away with it
A Princess Grace - should have taken a driver
A Princess Di - shouldn't have taken a driver
An Anna Kournikova - looks great, but unlikely to get a result
A Vinnie Jones - nasty kick when you're not expecting it
A Ryanair - flies well but lands a long way from the target


The Southern Africa Hall of Fame is planning to publish a coffee table book on the 'lost' history of non-white golf and saluting the giants of the game. It is seeking financial corporate sponsors for the project.

To find out more contact Barry: or 082 9907952.


- 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 October 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: Harold Henning
09: Annika Sorenstam
14: Beth Daniels
17: Ernie Els
18: Denis Watson
19: Louis Oosthuizen
20: Jake Roos
23: Justin Hobday
23: Chi Chi Rodriquez
25: Mark McNulty
27: Des Terblanche

Acquire a brick on the Wall of Fame for R950, 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!

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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