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

Flagship Heritage Museum & Hall of Fame opening May 2015 at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

We are delighted to announce that at last we have secured the upstairs prime premises of the former 'Moyo restaurant' at the V&A Waterfront, a location we have been trying to obtain since 2008. By so doing we will be bringing the heritage of South African golf to the 24 million annual visitors. The heritage centre will include, inter alia, a Hall of Fame, Major winners, and the lost history of the non-European tour subsets, woman's golf, a magnificent research library, amongst the finest exhibition of golf clubs and balls dating back to 1850, memorabilia, trophies, amateur, junior and professional international triumphs, and many other subsets and artifacts which tell the story of golf in this part of the world, and with miniature golf and many digital interactive, this heritage museum should be of interest to young and old, golfer and non-golfer, stated S.A. Golf Heritage Trustee, Barry Cohen.


The year got off to a great start with a thrilling SA Open at Glendower two weeks ago with tournament ambassador Ernie Els helping to draw large crowds. A 5-under in the first round served notice that he was serious about his campaign which sadly unfolded courtesy of two triple bogey 7's in the second round. Nevertheless, his ambassadorship of the national championship was a coup for the organisers and The Big Easy has pledged to return next year.


* Gary Player is never shy to offer his opinion and he has backed four-time major winner Rory McIlroy to end his wait for a Masters title and complete a career Grand Slam in 2015. McIlroy only needs victory at the Augusta National in April to have won all four major tournaments. Player - who won the green jacket on three occasions - believes it is only a matter of time before McIlroy joins the list of European winners: "Rory McIlroy has got so much talent, and not only has he got talent, he's a great man for golf, he's already won four major championships by the age of 25."

* Ernie Els is hoping to prove Player wrong. After all, he still wants to win the one major he felt he was born to win. Els yearns to beat Mcllroy and, for that matter, all of golf's young guns, and win the Masters at long last. 'When I was young, I was very cocky and thought I was going to win all the majors by nomination. I thought the Masters was going to be the first one I'd win and then The Open, and then the US Open and US PGA Championship. Well, I haven't won the Masters so far and I haven't won the US PGA, so I'm going to try to win the Masters before I retire. This would possibly be my biggest career achievement.'

* Meanwhile, Els will lead the South African charge in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, which will be held at Doha Golf Club from January 21-24. Els lifted the Mother of Pearl Trophy on his tournament debut in 2005 and he is still bidding to add to that title after returning to Doha in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013 and 2014. Retief Goosen (2007) and Darren Fichardt (2003) are the only other South Africans to have won the title.

* Following the U.S. team's sixth consecutive victory at the previous Presidents Cup, International captain Nick Price said changes were needed to make the matches more competitive. The 57-year-old is quietly lobbying PGA Tour commission Tim Finchem for the changes he hopes will give the International team a better chance to win for the first time since 1998. His request centers on how many team matches are played at the Presidents Cup, 22 compared to 16 at the Ryder Cup.


Donation from Jeff Leigh - 2014 Ryder Cup memorabilia  


I worked as a caddy from the age of 12 in Johannesburg. I was arrested in 1963 together with Nelson Mandela, and at the Rivonia trial sentenced to life imprisonment on Robben Island. I found three golf balls on the island and hid them in my cell as a reminder that one day I would be free to play golf again. After my release, I became an active MP as well as the chairman of the Parliamentary Golf Club. I am also the patron of the Green Jacket Award for prominent sports personalities.

Answer: Andrew Mlangeni


The Louis 57 Foundation Charity Challenge will consist of 4 National Golf Days being held throughout South Africa with the winner of a lucky draw at each event making a memorable trip to Mossel Bay in 2015. This includes the following:

* Local transport (return) to Mossel Bay
* 2 Night's accommodation at the 4 star Mossel Bay Golf    Lodge
* 18 holes of golf with Louis Oosthuizen
* Supper with Louis at Route 57 Restaurant
* Louis 57 gifts

For more information, visit:


"The black mamba will strike."
- Retief Goosen's Belgian sports psychologist predicting he would win a Major

"I still have the drive and want to achieve something. If I can be greedy I would go with Augusta for a win - that would be a Cinderella story."
- Ernie Els

"He seemed almost not to be holding the club and the stroke appeared to be a miss hit. The ball appeared to have no momentum at all, but somehow it rolled on and on before dropping into the cup."
- Golf journalist Dan Retief describing Bobby Locke's putting style

"There is a Golf God, a bunch of them in fact, and they are a crafty, nasty lot."
- CBS commentator Bob Schieffer


- 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 January 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: John Mashego
11: Ben Crenshaw
13: Ulrich van den Berg
20: Andrew McLardy
21: Jack Nicklaus; Bobby Verwey
24: Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki
26: Sir Henry Cotton*
26: Nick Price
30: Curtis Strange, Payne Stewart*

*Denotes deceased

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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