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


Zach Johnson won the British Open on Monday, emerging victorious from a thrilling four-hole playoff against Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman. Played over holes 1, 2, 17 and 18, Oosthuizen and Johnson immediately distanced themselves from Leishman with opening birdies to his bogey. Johnson's par at the famous 18th hole secured the win after Oosthuizen narrowly missing an eight-footer to force sudden death. Hall of Famer Retief Goosen turned back the years with a six under par 66 in the opening round of tournament and remained in contention throughout before finishing tied-20th. The two-time US Open champion led the charge of the eight South Africans in the field on the opening day and shared second with five other players.


Following the magnificent opening of the new Hall of Fame Museum at the V&A Waterfront (which was followed by an equally spectacular Induction Banquet), the venue is open for business. Situated near the famous Clock Tower, the spectacular venue continues to draw local and international visitors wishing to draw inspiration from this country's most successful sport (in terms of international performances). 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. In addition, Hall of Fame Golf Tours has been launched together with Sally Little. These tours are both inward bound golf, safari, and wine, and outward bound to the Men and Women Majors where you have the opportunity of interacting with Southern Africa's iconic golfers. With Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel and Branden Grace all in contention on the back nine at the US Open (Chambers Bay) last month, there is a great deal of interest in the country's top golfers.

* Special offer for all affiliated and virtual golfers on presentation of their membership card - R10 entry fee (normally R65) for the month of August

Contact Barry Cohen for details:

Africa Golf Summit

The 1st Africa Golf Summit aims to provide a platform for break-through opportunities of key players in the golfing, tourism, economic and enterprise development and sporting sectors. The summit encompasses two distinct aspects functioning to complement each other. The conference aspect brings together specialists from a diverse range of business and government professions to provide dialogue in the evolution of the golfing industry. The exhibition aspect creates a platform for conclusion of effective business and networking opportunities. The summit will promote the Africa Golf Centre of Excellence Programme seeking to establish three key pilot projects in Southern, West and East Africa.

When: 9-11 September 2015
Where: Serengeti Golf Club, Kempton Park, Gauteng

Applications are available on the Africa Golf Summit website


* Hall of Famer and International team skipper Nick Price is working around the clock to formulate a plan to wrest the Presidents Cup from the United States for the first time in more than a decade. Price, along with co-captain Tony Johnstone, Mark McNulty and South Korean KJ Choi, will look to guide their team to victory when the event comes to Asia for the first time in October at Incheon's Jack Nicklaus Gold Club Korea. The US has won eight of the 10 Presidents Cups played since the biennial competition was established in 1994 and will be heavy favourites again. Johnstone said Price has put his heart and soul into this year's competition and has not played as much this year, to focus more on the team

* After sharing the first round lead with Lee Janzen, Fred Funk, and Brad Bryant, David Frost finished runner-up at the Encompass Championship at North Shore Country Club in Glenview last weekend.

* Gary Player attended the U.S. Open to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his 1965 U.S. win at Bellerive where he completed the career grand slam

* Ernie Els hit a highlight-reel shot on the par-4 16th Sunday at Chambers Bay with this bunker-shot hole-out for eagle. The two-time Open champion signed for a 3-over 73 on Sunday and finished the tournament at 11-over.

* A 5-under final round saw Retief Goosen finish joint fourth in the recent BMW International Open in Germany.

* Inspired by Ernie Els, American Kevin Vedder has completed 108 holes - six full rounds - in a single day to raise $25 000 for a charity supporting autism. Playing at the Shackamaxon Golf Club in Scotch Plains, N.J, (the day after the summer solstice) his son Seamus who is autistic was there to support him.


- Sally Little golf bag, autographed memorabilia, and Springbok colours

- Lewis Chitengwa golf bag, and numerous memorabilia

All memorabilia, trophies, books donate or loaned sincerely appreciated



My middle names are Raymond. My first victory was at the 1980 Swiss Open. 1983, I won my first PGA Tour event with a wire-to-wire four-shot triumph over Jack Nicklaus at the World Series of Golf. After that win, it would be another eight years almost before Price won again on the PGA Tour. Nevertheless, I did shoot the lights out at Augusta at the 1986 Masters when I scored a course record 63. By the mid-1990s, I was regarded as the best player in the world with three Majors under my belt.

Answer: Nick Price


'If you like root canals and hemorrhoids, you'd love it there.'
- Nick Price on the Ryder Cup

'We have to go out there in front of millions of people and putt on these things. The USGA, they have got to take a bit of responsibility.'
- Ernie Els on Chambers Bay, the controversial venue of last month's US Open

'We're playing the US Open, but this has been the most unpleasant golf tournament I've seen in my life. The man who designed this golf course had to have one leg shorter than the other.'
- Nine-time major winner Gary Player on Chambers Bay. The tournament marked the 50th anniversary of his sole US Open victory at Bellerive.

'You can tell a good putt by the noise it makes.'
- Bobby Locke


- 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 July 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: Dale Hayes
07: Tony Jacklin
13: Ian Palmer
16: Thomas Aiken
18: Brandon Grace
18: Nick Faldo
18: George Coetzee
20: James Kampte
21: Gene Littler

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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