Mercedes-Benz Southern African Golf Hall of Fame Newsletter

Museum Opening and Induction

Mr. Gary Player will open the Mercedes-Benz South African Golf Heritage Hall of Fame & Museum at the Cape Town V&A Waterfront on Tuesday, 02 June. This will be followed by the 6th Southern Africa Golf Hall of Fame Induction Gala Banquet at the Waterfront, with the Pro-Am invitational golf tournament taking place at the Metropolitan Golf Club the following day. The new 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. We hope you will be able to personally attend this Induction Banquet, and you are welcome to contact us for further information.

50 not out!

50 years after he clinched the 1965 Grand slam title at the US Open, Gary Player is going back to celebrate a monumental milestone. The 79-year-old legend was the third person ever and first non-American to achieve a career grand slam When he won the US Open at the age of 29 he became the first non-American to win the tournament in 45 years. He also made headlines when he donated proceeds from his win to charity.

* This is a rare air letter written and signed by a young (and very proud) Gary Player after winning the 1965 US Open Golf Championship. The letter was sent from New York to the Cape in South Africa on the 9th of September 1965.


* Ernie Els has unveiled plans for a hotel group that will have facilities to cater to autistic children and offer employment opportunities for autistic adults. First & Foremost, which hopes to open its first five-star property in Dubai towards the end of 2017 or early 2018, has partnered with the Leading Family Hotels group that runs 56 hotels in Europe. Els is the father of an autistic 13-year-old boy, Ben.

* Gary Player has paid a glowing tribute to PGA legend Billy Casper who died on Saturday at the age of 83. Casper won three major championships and 69 professional titles worldwide despite playing in an era dominated by golf's 'Big Three'. Player said: "I played a lot with Billy, and I always thought he had a wonderful short game. The way he managed the golf course - he had tremendous course management, which not a lot of people talk about."

* Meanwhile, Player's firm has been selected to oversee the creation of a new modern golf course in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The course named the Golf du KintÚlÚ is to be developed in the capital city Brazzaville, near the stadium that will host the 2015 All-Africa Games. The hall-famer-said he was excited to develop the first international standard course in the country which will be used to encourage the growing number of golf fans and players around the continent.


Books from Shirley Lockyer

- Gary Player golf clubs
- Golf club weight
   measuring toll
- Trophy & golf ashtray

All memorabilia, trophies, books donate or loaned sincerely appreciated



I was born on 11 September 1959 in Cape Town and used to be a salesman and a policeman. I scored my first professional win in his home country in 1983. I played on the PGA Tour, European Tour and Sunshine Tour. I have 30 professional tournament wins to my name, spread across four continents. The most prestigious of which was the 1989 NEC World Series of Golf which I won by defeating Ben Crenshaw at the second playoff hole. Imade the top 10 on the PGA Tour money list twice, placing 9th in 1988 and 5th in 1993 and was ranked in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings for 86 weeks between 1988 and 1994. In 2005, I set the all time PGA Tour 72-hole putting record with 92 putts at the MCI Heritage. I own a wine business which produces vintages named after golf legends such as Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.

Answer: David Frost


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:


'When I won the French Open in May, 1976, I drew inspiration from a well-worn newspaper clipping I carried in my pocket throughout the tournament. It told the story of Sally Little who earlier that month became the first South African female to win a Major when she triumphed at the Women's International in South Carolina.'
- Vincent Tshabalala

'The course was a vivid green, the people were gaudily dressed, the atmosphere bristled big-time golf.'
- Bobby Locke's recollection of the first time he saw Augusta in 1947

'Retief Goosen is laid-back on a golf course to the point of making Ernie Els look a nervous wreck.'
- The Telegraph after The Goose won his first US Open in 2001


- 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 February 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.

02: Tongoona Charamba (Zimbabwe)
03: Retief Goosen
04: Byron Nelson
05: Jose Marie Olazabal
08: Madalitso Muthiya (Zambia)
10: Greg Norman
14: Mickey Wright
15: Lee-Anne Pace
18: Tich Moore
19: Sean Pappas
22: Marc Cayeux
22: Vijay Singh
23: Jaco van Zyl
27: Gene Sarazen
28: J.G. Claassen


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

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(c) 082 9907952

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