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

Papwa to be saluted at gala dinner

The extraordinary life and career of Hall of Famer Papwa Sewgolum will be celebrated at a gala dinner in Durban on 27 August. The KwaZulu-Natal prodigy became the first person of colour to win an international golf tournament during South Africa's challenging Apartheid years. He was a self-taught golfer who won three Dutch Opens and two South African Natal Opens, beating Harold Henning in 1963 and Gary Player in 1965. 2013 Oscar nominated film producer Rafiq Samsodien and his team are showcasing this story by releasing "Papwa - Golf's Lost Legend" on 15 September by Kwela books. The celebratory event coincides with the 50th anniversary win over Gary Player, who will be in attendance as the keynote speaker. The event organisers are embarking on a fund raising initiative for the production of a feature film on the legend which will be launched at the event. The event will be held at the Elangeni Hotel and tickets are R600. For more information, contact Jane Pillay on 083 3591700.

Did you know?

Papwa was 31 when he played his first 'white' tournament in SA
In 1964, 100 000 people met him at Durban airport when he returned having won the Dutch Open
Between 1966 and 1971, the government took away his passport as he was an embarrassment to their apartheid policies of white supremacy

Hall of Fame Museum

Following the recent opening of the new Hall of Fame Museum at the V&A Waterfront, 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).

* 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


* Ernie Els's prep for the Quicken Loans National wasn't ideal. The Big Easy spent time in a local hospital with what he thought was a kidney stone, but it turned out to be back spasms. "Normally the pain shoots into my left side and the pain was kind of ... on my back and went to the right," Els said. "I thought maybe it's a kidney stone. I guess I'm just a wuss."

* A year ago, Ernie three-putted from two feet last year at Royal Liverpool shortly after crushing his drive into a spectator's face. The Big Uneasy felt so bad he tracked down David Jones to check on his recovery and gave him tickets for this year's edition at St Andrews.

* Gary Player's role as one of the greatest South African sporting ambassadors will be celebrated during a golf day in his honour in Soweto. The Sunshine Tour will partner with the City of Johannesburg to recognise the most impressive career in South African golf history at Soweto Country Club on Saturday 15 August. The funds from the day will be used for the further development of Soweto Country Club, which Player helped design. Vincent Tshabalala and several of Soweto's legendary golfers will join Player at Soweto Country Club ahead of his 80th birthday in November.

* Danny Lee's form has been hot but the most crucial period lies ahead as he seeks to realise his goal for 2015 - making the International team for the Presidents Cup. Lee is on the cusp of making the International team without needing to rely on being one of Nick Price's two captain's picks. The team of 12 will be named on September 8; the top 10 players in the rankings are automatic selections and they will be joined by Price's picks.


All memorabilia, trophies, books donate or loaned sincerely appreciated


I was born in Johannesburg in 1946. I turned professional in 1971 and spent my regular career playing mainly in Europe. I was a member of the European Tour from its first season in 1972 until 1993 and made the top one hundred on the Order of Merit for the Tour's first 19 seasons, including three top 10 placings: 1973 (3rd); 1975 (6th) and 1977 (2nd). As a senior (over 50) golfer, I played mainly on the U.S.-based Champions Tour, where I secured three wins. I also designed many golf courses such as the Legend Course at the Constance Belle Mare Plage Resort in Mauritius, venue of the 2011 MCB Tour Championship. I live in Palm Springs, California.

Answer: Hugh Baiocchi


"Gary Player is an icon of world sport, not only golf. He has been one of South Africa's greatest sporting ambassadors for decades, earning the commendation of Nelson Mandela for his efforts in using his status in golf to try and help bring about unity in South African sport."

- Selwyn Nathan, Executive Director of the Sunshine Tour

"It's come too late for me."

- Papwa Sewgolum, in his twilight years, remarking on non-white golfers being given the opportunity to compete against whites in South Africa

"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


- 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 August 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.

07: Doug McGuigan
07: Garth Mulroy
12: Justin Hobday
13: Ben Hogan; Betsy King
17: Hugh Baiocchi
23: John Fourie; Peter Thompson
24: Nico van Rensburg
27: Richard Sterne; Ashley Roestoff; Bernhard Langer

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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