ISSUE 26
Mercedes-Benz Southern African Golf Hall of Fame Newsletter
MAY 2015  
 

Chitengwa's family sets sights on Hall of Fame ceremony


A fundraising golf tournament was held at Zimbabwe's Wingate Golf Club on April 19 to enable members of Lewis Chitangwa's family to attend his late son's induction ceremony into the Mercedes-Benz Southern Africa Golf Hall of Fame in Cape Town on 2 June. Chitengwa who passed away 13 years ago while playing on the Canadian Tour, will be recognised posthumously for his extraordinary contribution to golf in Southern Africa. The ceremony will see Chitengwa joining the ranks of local legends like Gary Player, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Nick Price. In an interview with NewsDay, Lewis' father Muridzo said 'we are so grateful and happy that Lewis might be gone, but the whole world is still remembering him'. Muridzo who is an acclaimed coach, was last year recognised by the Zimbabwe Golf Association with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

 
Men at work


Workers are on track with the mammoth task of construction the magnificent new Mercedes-Benz South African Golf Heritage Hall of Fame & Museum in Cape Town. The second floor museum commands sweeping view of the V&A Waterfront and is located just metres away from the famous Clock Tower. It will be officially opened on Tuesday, 2 June. This will be followed by the 6th Southern Africa Golf Hall of Fame Induction Gala Banquet at the Waterfront where Gary Player will be formally inducted as part of the Class of 2009. The event is sold out.

 
HALL OF FAME OPENING AND INDUCTION GALA

* 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.

INDUCTION PROGRAMME

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
20:35   "Baker Street" entertainment
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
21:50   "Feels so good" entertainment
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

 
OTHER HALL OF FAMERS IN THE NEWS

* The Ernie Els Proprietor's Range of wines will be launched in Singapore this month. The collection, which will be available in limited-supply, comprises the award-winning Proprietor's Cabernet Sauvignon, Proprietor's Blend and Proprietor's Syrah. The wines are housed in a special wooden collector's box, including a letter and description of the wines.

* Zimbabwean golfer Brendon de Jonge who has clocked his 225th US PGA Tour tournament (without a victory in 11 years as a professional) has taken his career earnings to about $12 million. He also has the dominant African golfer tag, in terms of earnings, this year, ahead of Hall of Famers Retief Goosen ($620 000) and Ernie Els ($155 000).

* Nick Price has confirmed his attendance at the French Lick Resort Memorial Day weekend. The 2015 Senior PGA Championship will be held from May 21-24, at the Pete Dye Course. The winner gets a $2.75 million purse. Other notable former Major Champions include Sir Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie (Defending Champion), Lee Janzen, Jay Haas, Jesper Parnevik and Hale Irwin.

* Gary Player has visited DePaul's Willesden Hostel in north London, which offers long-stay accommodation and specialist support for young homeless people aged 16 to 25. The charity is principal UK beneficiary of the 2015 Berenburg Gary Player Invitational, which takes place at Wentworth on July 20. The Black Knight, who turns 80 this year, met residents of the secure accommodation and saw how the charity helps them develop life skills and establish a routine.

 
NEW MEMORABILIA
 
All memorabilia, trophies, books donate or loaned sincerely appreciated

IS YOUR NAME ON THE HALL OF FAME?


 
WHO AM I?

I was born in Harare in 1975. In 1992, I attended the Orange Bowl Championships in the United States and won it, beating Tiger Woods. The following year, I became the first black player to win the South African Amateur Championship at East London Golf Club, beating Rory Sabbatini enroute to the title. I earned a scholarship to attend the University of Virginia where I excelled in US college golf before graduating in 1998, majoring in African American studies. I spoke fluent English, Shona and French and studied Japanese, Spanish, Italian and Swahili.I won the 1996 NCAA Long Drive Contest, yet again edging out Tiger Woods into second spot. After turning professional in 1999, I became the first black African to qualify for the Buy.Com Tour. In 2001, after the second round of the Edmonton Open, I fell ill and died after suffering a rare form of meningitis.

Answer: Lewis Chitengwa

 
QUOTABLE QUOTES

* QUOTABLE QUOTES

'It's been fantastic to come and see how the money we raise through is put to such amazing use by DePaul UK.'
- Gary Player after visiting DePaul's Willesden Hostel in north London, which offers long-stay accommodation and specialist support for young homeless people aged 16 to 25. The charity is principal UK beneficiary of the 2015 Berenburg Gary Player Invitational, which takes place at Wentworth on July 20

'I'd probably fly down to our house at Herold's Bay in South Africa, get a whole bunch of friends and family together, and play 18 holes at Oubaai. It's a beautiful golf course, our first golf course design project in my homeland, and it always makes me happy playing there. We'd then have a Braai afterwards and a few glasses of red wine.'
- Ernie Els when asked by a reporter where he would like to play his dream round

 
ON SALE NOW
SA GOLF HALL OF FAME MERCHANDISE
FOR SALE IN MUSEUM RETAIL SHOP

- 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)

Website: www.golfhalloffame.co.za
Facebook: Southern Africa Golf Hall of Fame

Please contact Barry for further details bjcohen@mweb.co.za (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

 
 
MAY BIRTHDAYS

The Hall of Fame is sending best wishes to all of its members celebrating May 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.
 
 
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HALL OF FAME?


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