Mercedes-Benz Southern African Golf Hall of Fame Newsletter

Take a bow!

What a year it has been - on and off the course. The highlight for the Hall of Fame was the honouring of Ruby Bright, Simon Hobday, Tony Johnstone, Rae Hast, Joe Dlamini and Arthur Walker at the glittering fifth induction gala at the Johannesburg Country Club. 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. "Mercedes-Benz pulled off another wonderful event with glitz and plenty of glamour," said Hall of Fame's Barry Cohen.

It was another eventful year at our Oubaai Museum where many more donated memorabilia were placed on display, and results of the 'lost-history' of the Non-European tour were collated, together with the results of junior and amateur international victories. On the course, Sally Little became the first South African to captain the World Senior Team for the 2014 ISPS Handa Cup when the team of 12 senior golfers from around the World teed up against 12 Americans in the 36 holes of strokeplay competition in September. And Nick Price was once again chosen to captain the International Team for the 2015 Presidents Cup.

2015 will see a major expansion project for the Hall of Fame and we will keep you posted through this forum. We would like to take this opportunity to salute and thank all our members, inductees and friends for their ongoing support. Enjoy the festive season break and we look forward sharing our new vision for you in the New Year.



1992 World Junior Golf Team Championship
1992 Eisenhower Cup
1999 qualfied for the tour - first black Zimbabwean to play this tour - also played on US tour events
Ranked 13th on Canadian Tour when he died
Canadian Tour annually holds "Lewis Chitengwa Memorial Championships"

Lewis died in July 2001 of a rare form of meningitis aged 26.

-   Gary Player Orange Bowl World Junior Championship 1992 (three shot victory over Tiger Woods)
-   Zimbabwe Men's Amateur 1992, 93, 94
-   South African Amateur 1993 - first black golfer to win (beat Rory Sabbatini in the final)
-   USA Eastern Amateur tournament 1993 top 10
-   Top Inter-Collegiate player 1995
-   USA Furman Intercollegiate 1996
-   NCAA Long Driving Contest 1996 - beat Tiger Woods
-   USA Seminole Classic 1997
-   Canadian Tour 2001 - six top ten finishes in a row (then passed away)


Presidents Cup 1984
SA Order of Merit 2nd 1986, 87

-   Ind-Coll 1982
-   Million Dollar Challenge 1985, 88
-   Minolta Match Play Championship 1986, 89
-   Palaborwa Classic 1986, 87, 88
-   SA PGA Championship 1986, 87, 90
-   AECI Charity Classic 1986
-   S.A. Masters 1990 , 1987 2nd
-   SA Open 1984, 1987 2nd
-   Goodyear Classic 1990
-   ICL International 1991
-   Independent Insurance Agent Open 1993
-   Southwestern Bell Colonial 1993
-   NEC World Series of Golf 1993
-   NEC World Series of Golf 1987 2nd


Eisenhower Trophy 1966, 68, 70
Finished runner-up >20 major amateur championships

-   Eisenhower Trophy 1970 3rd
-   SA Open 1963, 70 Freddie Tate Trophy
-   Northern Transvaal Amateur 1966
-   Northern Transvaal Silver Salver 1966
-   Western Transvaal Amateur 1966
-   East Rand Amateur 1966
-   SA Amateur Foursomes 1966 (with Comrie du Toit)
-   SA Dunlop Masters 1966 3rd
-   Transvaal Amateur Champ 1967
-   Transvaal Amateur Stroke Play 1967 (record score 278)
-   SA Amateur 1969 Runner-Up.
-   N. Transvaal Silver Salver 1970
-   SA Masters 1970 (record score 266 - beat Gary Player)

-   GM Open 1971
-   State Mines Open 1972
-   Rhodesian Grand Prix 1972 2nd
-   Transvaal Open 1973
-   Rothmans Medal 1974
-   WP Open 1974
-   SA Dunlop Masters 1974
-   Vavasseur International 1974
-   Natal Open 1975
-   SA Open 1976 2nd
-   Callers of Newcastle 1977
-   Newcastle Open 1977
-   Botswana Pro-Am Open 1977
-   British Senior Open 1991
-   Belfast Telegraph Irish Senior Masters 1991
-   European Seniors Order of Merit 1991


- Irish Ladies Championship 1909
- S.A. Ladies Championship 1921, 25, 26, 34
- W.P Ladies Championship 1920, 21, 22
- Transvaal Ladies Championship 1927, 28, 29, 30, 34


- SA Open 1947
- SA Open 1947 Freddie Tait trophy
- S.A. Open 1958 2nd
- SA Amateur 1949
- SA Amateur 1952 2nd
- SA Amateur 1946 semi-final
- People of Britain 1946
- WP Amateur 1947, 51, 53
- W.P. Amateur 2nd 1948, 52, 57
- Cape Province Amateur
- SA Seniors 1973 tied 1st
- SA Seniors 1974


-   Secretary SAGU 26 years and power behind the game during this period
-   Leading golf legislator
-   International recognition R&A member of rules committee
-   Captain Royal Cape GC 131-2
-   President SA Seniors Golfers' Association
-   Scoreboard at national tournaments filling in details, deciding finer points of golfing law


-   Built the Gary Player CC which caused all golf courses to lift their game and aspire to
-   Launched 1981 the Nedbank Million Dollar tournament which is still ongoing and the only true S.A. international tournament
-   Sun International continues to sponsor many amateur and professional tournaments nationwide


* It's a "Union of Golf and Giving", and Gary Player perfected them both when he led his team to victory in the Gary Player Invitational presented by Coca-Cola at The Lost City Golf Club last week. Player and his team of former Bafana Bafana captain Aaron Mokoena and businessmen Michael Zamkow and David Blue won Africa's premier charity tournament by six strokes on 29 under par.

* Nick Price was among the heavyweights who competed at the second annual "Golf With the Big Dogs" fundraiser at Trump National in Jupiter late last month.World Golf Hall of Fame member Greg Norman attended but was unable to play as he continues to rehab his left wrist from a September chainsaw accident.

* Preparing to take photos of the Springbok team ahead of their captains run at Twickenham a couple of weeks ago was the usual unglamorous affair. That's until Ernie Els arrived. Bakkies Botha, Victor Matfield and Bryan Habana were among the heavyweight who lined up to have their photos taken with the Big Easy.


Memorabilia donations: THANK YOU!

- Geoff Leigh
- Andre Hoffmann
- Dave Odendaal
- Dale Hayes
- Sally Little
- Barry Cohen


I was born in Springs in 1948 and, as a child, was influenced by the careers of Bobby Locke and Gary Player. After suffering a bicycle accident related knee injury, I took up golf at the age of eleven. I won both the South Africa junior golf championship and the Vaal Amateur. I made more than 150 cuts in PGA Tour tournament play. In 1966, I won the British Amateur at Carnoustie, Scotland, at age 18, the youngest winner to that stage. In 1974, I claimed both the team and the individual wins in the World Cup. I am a two-time winner of the South African Open, 1974 and 1980. In 1986, I won the South African PGA Championship.
Answer: Bobby Cole


"I still enjoy competitive golf to a certain extent, but I don't enjoy competing as much as I used to. But I don't want to retire yet."

- Nick Price, who was recently named captain of the International side in next year's Presidents Cup matches in South Korea

"I thought it was quite humorous that the PGA of America is now doing this task force, which I don't understand at all. I really don't. It's pure and simple: Just play better."

- Price commenting on the PGA of America's decision to convene a task force to work on winning back the Ryder Cup

"My beloved brother, Dr. Ian Player, cast his canoe onto the river of life that will take him across to the other side. Ian has always played an enormous part in my life and was a tremendous influence as an older brother. I will miss him dearly."

- Gary Player on the death of his brother, an acclaimed conservationist


- 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 December 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: Lee Trevino
03: Jean Hugo
09: Tom Kite
12: Deane Pappas
16: Trevor Immelman
17: Tim Clark
18: Gavan Levinson
21: Walter Hagen, Kel Nagle, Christy O' Connor, Karrie Webb
24: Clinton Whitelaw
29: Pete Dye
31: Sir Michael Bonallack

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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