Mercedes-Benz Southern African Golf Hall of Fame Newsletter

Papwa's life saluted with new book

Fifty years after he set the golfing world alight with his clinical but unorthodox game, Sewsunker Sewgolum's extraordinary life and career is being celebrated with a new book. Papwa: In the Grip of a Champion by Maxine Case was launched at the Hall of Fame at the V&A Waterfront last week. It tells the story of a champion who carved a niche for himself in golfing folklore when he became the first golfer of colour to win a provincial open in South Africa (in 1963). The former caddie, with his wrong-way-round grip (left hand beneath his right), beat 103 white golfers in the Natal Open at the Durban Country Club. He became a symbol of the sports boycott movement when pictures of him receiving his trophy outdoors in the rain, because, due to apartheid, he was not allowed to enter the clubhouse, were published across the world. In 1965 he beat Gary Player to win the Natal Open for the second time. He also won the Dutch Open in 1959, 1960 and 1964. However, the dream was to be cut short. At the peak of his career, Papwa was banned by the apartheid government from participating in or attending any PGA tournaments. Crushing him further, they also withdrew his passport, denying him the right to play a dream. Papwa is the story of one man who triumphed again unbelievable odds, only to have his dream snatched from him. Written as fiction, this is a uniquely South African story told by a master storyteller. In August, Sewgolum's career was celebrated at a gala dinner in Durban.

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).


* Hall of Famer Ernie Els will return to Melbourne for another shot at the Australian Masters at Huntingdale in November. Els last played in Australia at the Presidents Cup in 2011, and in 1994 finished runner-up to Craig Parry at the Australian Masters. The 45-year-old has a strong connection with Victoria's sandbelt courses, having won three straight Heineken Classics at Royal Melbourne from 2002-04.

* Nick Price has named Steven Bowditch and Sangmoon Bae as his two wild card selections for the International Presidents Cup side for in Incheon Korea on 8 October. Jay Haas has selected Bill Haas and Phil Mickelson for his USA side. Bowditch is having his best season on the PGA Tour with a win at the Byron The International side therefore is Jason Day, Adam Scott, Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Anirban Lahiri, Thongchai Jaidee, Danny Lee, Steven Bowditch, Sangmoon Bae and South Africans Louis Osthuizen, Charl Schwartzel and Brandon Grace.

* GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford will host the 2015 Gary Player Invitational on October 11 and 12. This will be the event's first visit to Westchester and marks a special year for headliner Gary Player, who celebrates the 50th anniversary of his career Grand Slam and his 80th birthday. Player designed the 6 900-yard course at GlenArbor. The Berenberg Gary Player Invitational is a gathering of high profile celebrities, professional golfers, and athletes. An 18-hole, four-ball tournament format will be followed by a gala dinner and charitable auction. In previous years, it was held in Palm Beach, Miami and around The Masters.

* Player will then return home to host the South African leg of his global charity series, the Gary Player Invitational presented by Coca-Cola, at The Lost City Golf Club at Sun City from 12-15 November. This promises to be the most emotional of his Gary Player Invitational tournaments, which are also played in the United States, China, Europe, India and the United Arab Emirates, as the ultimate expression of the 'Union of Golf and Giving' that has helped The Player Foundation raise more than R800 million for children's charities around the world since 1983. The Black Knight was also recently named the captain of South Africa's inaugural Olympic golf team for the Rio Olympics in 2016.


All memorabilia, trophies, books donate or loaned sincerely appreciated


I was born in Springs in 1948 and, as a child, was influenced by the careers of Bobby Locke and Gary Player. After suffering a bicycle accident related knee injury, I took up golf at the age of eleven. I won both the South Africa junior golf championship and the Vaal Amateur. I made more than 150 cuts in PGA Tour tournament play. In 1966, I won the British Amateur at Carnoustie, Scotland, at age 18, the youngest winner to that stage. In 1974, I claimed both the team and the individual wins in the World Cup. I am a two-time winner of the South African Open, 1974 and 1980. In 1986, I won the South African PGA Championship.

Answer: Bobby Cole


'I have many great memories of Australia and the Melbourne sandbelt has always been one of my favourite places to play. I am looking forward to getting back to Huntingdale and finishing off the year strongly.'

- Ernie Els who has confirmed his attendance at the Australian Masters from November 19-22

'It would be easier to pick a broken nose, than a winner in that group.'

- CBS commentator David Feherty

'Jim Furyk's swing looks like an octopus falling out of a tree.'

- Feherty again

'I still enjoy competitive golf to a certain extent, but I don't enjoy competing as much as I used to. But I don't want to retire yet.'

- Nick Price, the captain of the International side in October's Presidents Cup in South Korea


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The Hall of Fame is sending best wishes to all of its members celebrating September 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.

03: Jeff Hawkes
04: Tom Watson, Raymond Floyd
08: Bobby Lincoln
10: Kelli Shean, Arnold Palmer, Larry Nelson
11: David Frost
15: Fulton Allem
22: John Bland
25: Tjaart van der Walt
26: Trevor Dodds
26: Steve van Vuuren
28: Derek James, Wayne Westner

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