Mercedes-Benz Southern African Golf Hall of Fame Newsletter
APRIL 2015  

Hall of Famers in the headlines at Augusta

Two of South Africa's greatest golfers - Gary Player and Ernie Els - made plenty of headlines at The Masters over the past week. Fifty years ago, Player, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus walked off the course tied for the lead after two rounds. Reflecting on the occasion, Nicklaus said he remembered who won the tournament and Player joked that "the wrong man won". And Palmer's response was "I don't remember anything". "My friendship with them has been fantastic," Player said. "They have been to my farm; we have been down gold mines; I've slept at Arnold's house; slept at Jack's house and the food was lousy." The trio formerly known as golf's "Big Three" - they have 13 Masters titles between them - continued their role as honorary starters by each hitting a tee shot on the par-four first hole. And it was Player who produced the longest drive. When the serious business started, Els was fast out the blocks, in search of his first green jacket. Following a magnificent opening round during which he briefly held the lead, his challenge slowly faded. Nevertheless, the Big Easy can take pride from the fact that he dramatically improved over his last visit to Augusta when he missed the cut.


* Gary Player will open the Mercedes-Benz South African Golf Heritage Hall of Fame & Museum at the Raddison Blu Waterfront on Tuesday, 2 June. This will be followed by the 6th Southern Africa Golf Hall of Fame Induction Gala Banquet at the Waterfront where Player will be formally inducted as part of the Class of 2009. The event is sold out.


19:00   Dale Hayes - welcome
19:10   First Course
19:25   Induction 1 Walter Conyers-Kirby - introduced by Peter Sauerman
19:35   Induction 2 Ronnie Glennie - introduced by Peter Todt - received by Mrs Glennie
19:50   Induction 3 John Fourie - introduced by Dale Hayes - received by John Fourie
20:05   Sponsor Mercedes-Benz - Vice-President
20:20   Main Course
20:40   Induction 4 Mrs E. Vernon - introduced by Sally Little
20:50   Induction 5 Lewis Chitengwa - introduced by Allan Rae & Mike Moraghan - received by Lewis Chitengwa Snr.
21:10   Induction 6 Fulton Allem - introduced by Denis Hutchinson - received by Fulton Allem
21:30   Auction / Desert & Coffees brought to tables
21:55   Barry Cohen - welcome guests & thank
22:00   Harry Brews Award Sol Kerzner - introduced by Gary Player TBC & Selwyn Nathan - received by Sol Kerzner
22:20   Induction 7 Gary Player - introduced by Johann Rupert & Vincent Tshabalala - received by Gary Player
22:40   Thanks - Dale Hayes


* Nick Price has commited to the 2015 Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek from 13-17 May. He joins fellow World Golf Hall of Fame players Hale Irwin, Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle, Alabama native Larry Nelson, Colin Montgomerie and Mark O'Meara (who will be officially inducted into the HOF in July). Price has won four times on the Champions Tour and 30 victories in professional tournaments worldwide. The Regions Tradition is one of five major championships on this year's Champions Tour.

* David Frost returned to the winner's circle with a win in the Champions Tour's Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. Despite a 1-shot penalty on the 17th hole (his marker moved when he accidently dropped his ball on it), he shot a 4-under 68 and finished on 10-under 206.

* Four-time Major champion Ernie Els officially launched the Els for Autism Dubai Golf Challenge which was held on 2 April at the Els Club. The event will coincided with World Autism Awareness Day and the Els Club is the only venue in the 26-tournament competition outside of the US or Canada.

* Retief Goosen has committed to play in the 2015 Zurich Classic of New Orleans along with Keegan Bradley, Matt Every, Vijay Singh and K.J. Choi from 23-26 April at TPC Louisiana. Goosen won the US Open in 2001 and 2004. He has won 24 times internationally and seven times on the PGA Tour. He tied for eighth place at the Northern Trust Open in January.

* Gary Player hosted an intimate group of guests on 27 and 28 March during the unveiling of his new Signature course at DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurgaon, India, near New Delhi. The 18-hole Signature course by Gary Player Design will open in the coming weeks and is sure to leave an unforgettable impression on members and guests from around the world. The prominent design firm continues to develop its rapidly growing portfolio in one of the most populated areas of the world.


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I was born in 1957 in Kroonstad, the middle child of five children and the grandson of a Lebanese trader. My family had the largest corn farm in the southern hemisphere and the only privately owned grain silos in South Africa. I started playing golf at the age of 7 with encouragement from his father. Gary Player, a close family friend, also had a large influence on my early career. I turned pro in 1976 and spent the early part of my career playing mostly in South Africa. My first win on the PGA Tour was at the 1991 Independent Insurance Agent Open. In 1993, I won twice on the PGA Tour and finished ninth on the money list. Since then, I have been plagued by a host of medical ailments. I began play on the Champions Tour in late 2007 and recorded three T2 finishes during my first two full seasons.

Answer: Fulton Allen


"Haven't been in here for a while."

- Ernie Els as he entered the media centre after posting a 5-under 67 in the first round of the Masters on Thursday

"I have enjoyed my second career creating courses in new and interesting lands, and India really stands out as a fascinating place to visit. I am very proud of this course, which will truly stand beside any in the world."

- Gary Player on the launch of his latest course in Gurgaon near New Delhi

"I'm just really tired of it. I really am. I wish something would happen, but I think the damage has been done and to go backwards from here is almost impossible. I don't want to sound like a crybaby because I have had a great career. But I still think there should be courses that guys with my style of play can still play pretty well. With the longer hitters, now hitting fairways is irrelevant. That doesn't count anymore. So that's sad."

- Nick Price on the dramatic changes in the game in the 1990s

"Ernie Els peels a banana better than anyone in the adult entertainment industry. Well, almost. He does it so smoothly and effortlessly. The skin is removed along its seams to reveal the fruity power snack with no fuss, no mess and no bother. It's the fruit-preparation version of his golf swing."

- Journalist Paul Mahoney


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