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

Spectacular Hall of Fame Opening

The opening of the Mercedes-Benz Golf Hall of Fame at the V&A Waterfront saw Gary Player, assisted by Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille and Sally Little open the magnificent museum before 150 excited champion golfers, heads of golf bodies, and captains of industry. The venue houses photographs dating from the late 1800s, the history of Black golf and the parallel TPA Tour results in South Africa, South African Open and Amateur winner, amazing Trivia, International victories, Women and Junior golf, Major winners, and so much more. This is a very ''touch and feel'' museum with a huge display of golf clubs dating from 1850, and the first golf balls, Sunday clubs, scrappers, odd clubs, trophies, including Louis Oosthuizen's British Open trophy, the Canada Cup won by Harold Henning and Gary Player, numerous trophies from Sally Little, Harold Henning, Mark McNulty, Cobie le Grange, Reg Taylor and many more. Then there is the Hall of Fame where all those inducted since 2009 are featured, as well as numerous displays and golfing memorabilia, pictures, and golf clubs belonging to Bobby Locke, Sally Little, Vincent Tshabalala, and so many others. 'It is simply a walk down the historical timeline from when golf commenced in the 1880s in South Africa. The museum inspires the youth, attracts tourism, helps raise funds for charitable purposes, records and retains the rich heritage of Southern Africa golf, and consolidates the memorabilia. The museum opening was followed in the evening by what must be the 'Golf Event of the Year', the 6th Mercedes-Benz Southern Africa Golf Hall of Fame Induction banquet, which was addressed by the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa, and where the stars of golf, captains of industry, heads of golf bodies, and many others came to pay tribute to Harry Brews recipient, Sol Kerzner, 2009 inductee, Gary Player, 2014 inductees Fulton Allem, John Fourie, Lewis Chitengwa and others. The guests were enthralled by numerous stories told by such icons as Hugh Baiocchi, Denis Hutchinson, Dale Hayes, Johann Rupert, Sally Little, and many others, as well as a surprise video messages from David Frost and Jack Nicklaus, and then it was Gary Player's turn to enthrall all with his energy and wonderful stories. A night to remember ... and it did not stop there, as the next morning the rain held off for the Hall of Fame Invitational Golf tournament at Metropolitan, where everyone enjoyed themselves, and the field surpassed even the Sunshine Tour field. "A big thank you to Mercedes-Benz for making this memorable event a reality," said Hall of Fame co-founder Barry Cohen. The events will be featured over the next three weeks on SuperSport's Supergolf programme. The Hall of Fame would like to thank all its sponsors for making the events such a success.

Please take note of the following:

SuperGolf eps 563 Golf Chat with Dale Hayes…Induction Ceremony

SuperGolf eps 564 Special feature…New Museum Opening

SuperGolf eps 565 Course of the Week feature: Metropolitan Golf Club

For all the TX times please go to and click on the TV tab.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille salutes the new Hall of Fame museum

Construction giant Sol Kerzner (who won the Harry Brews Award 2015) and Gary Player

Selvin Govender, Marketing Manager of Mercedes Benz SA, addresses the glittering function

Business magnate Johan Rupert with golfing greats Gary Player and Hugh Baiocchi




* Four-time major winner Ernie Els feels his four testing rounds at the Irish Open have been the perfect preparation for this month's US Open. Els endured a trying time at the Royal County Down course in Newcastle, Northern Ireland, finishing with a one-over-par 72 for a 10-over-par tally in windy conditions.

* Gary Player, has shown once again why he is one of the greatest golfers of all time by winning the Greats of Golf team competition during the recent Insperity Invitational at The Woodlands Country Club outside Houston, Texas. The team of Player, Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino stirred memories of their reign atop the golfing world, finishing with a two-shot win. Their 13-under finish was good enough to edge out from behind the team of Tony Jacklin, Don January and Dave Stockton.

All memorabilia, trophies, books donate or loaned sincerely appreciated



Former SA Amateur champion Murray Grindrod passed away last month. After matriculating from Hilton in 1952, he attended Cambridge University, where he captained the university team. Later he captained Natal, won the SA Amateur championship in 1960, and represented South Africa at golf between 1960 and 1964. >


I was born in Johannesburg on 23 August, 1939 and turned professional in 1970. I spent my career playing mainly on the Southern Africa Tour and the European Tour. I won ten times on the Southern Africa Tour, including one win as an amateur. In Europe, I won the 1977 Callers of Newcastle tournament and twice finished in the top twenty on the European Tour Order of Merit. I joined the European Seniors Tour in its 1992 debut season, and won the Senior British Open and the Belfast Telegraph Irish Senior Masters on my way to winning that tour's order of merit. I continued to play on the senior tour into his mid sixties.

Answer: Jonathan Fourie


'After four days here at Royal County Down, it will make Chambers Bay look like it's on steroids.'
- Ernie Els after finishing the Irish Open at a respectable 10 over par

'It was unbelievable how we played together today. It was so much fun, and the gallery was so enthusiastic. It really was a fabulous day.'
- Gary Player after his team won the Greats of Golf team competition during the recent Insperity Invitational at The Woodlands Country Club outside Houston, Texas

'I played some of the best golf of my life, and still couldn't shoot par. You tell me.'
- Phil Mickelson when asked by reporters if the USGA setup had crossed the line into unfair at the 2004 US Open at Shinnecock Hills which was won by Retief Goosen

Hall of Fame museum fees

Adults R65
Scholars (10 – 18) R40
Senior Citizens (65+) R40
Families (Four or more – must include two scholars) R180 + R30 for every extra child
Groups (20 or more – only by pre-arrangement)
Schools (only by pre-arrangement)


- 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 June 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: Allan Henning
02: Charlie Sifford*
03: Hale Irwin
08: Trevor Fisher Jnr
09: Keith Horne
10: Peter Karmis
14: Bradford Vaughan
16: Tom Morris, Sr.
20: Robert Trent Jones Sr.
23: Jbe Kruger ; Simon Hobday
24: Billy Casper*
25: Hennie Otto?
26: Babe Zaharias
28: Warren Avery
30: Willie Park Sr.

* 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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