Mercedes-Benz Southern African Golf Hall of Fame Newsletter

South Africa salutes its living legend

Gary Player's 80th birthday celebrations that started on 1 November are still continuing as millions of admirers around the world salute South Africa's greatest ever sportsman. 'To me he is like Nelson Mandela in a white skin,' said former Bafana Bafana captain Aaron Mokoena who partnered with the Black Knight at the Gary Player Invitational at Sun City. Ironically, two years ago, as news of Mandela's death spread around the world, Player called a press conference at Sun City to salute the global statesman. Reflecting on his 'very tearful' first encounter with Madiba, the nine-time major winner said: 'I knelt down and I kissed his feet and I said "I have so much admiration for you".' This month's birthday celebrations coincided with the 50th anniversary of Player's Grand Slam victory. Player who has been named as the captain of the inaugural South African Olympic golf team for the Rio Olympics next year, remains actively involved with his charitable efforts through his global Gary Player Invitational series, which raises funds for disadvantaged children worldwide. The series reached a thrilling climax at the Lost City Golf Course from November 12 to15 where Player won the team and individual (shooting a gross 70 in round 1!). A record R6.2 million was raised.

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).


* Sally Little joined many of her former competitors for the Handa Cup at Palm Aire Country Club. Juli Inkster lead the United States to victory after Captain Nancy Lopez's American squad defeated Little's World Team to retain the cup in the 10th annual Legends Tour event. Said Little: 'I'm so proud of our team's performance. We won the singles but not by enough to win back the cup. After Friday's deficit 8-16, we finished at 22-26. A shot here or there. We'll get them next year.'

* Earlier this month, Hall of Famer Papwa Sewgolum was honoured at the Vodacom Origins of Golf tournament at Zebula Country Club where his grandson, Nisharlan, was invited to play in the pro-am.

* Ernie Els Wines, the South African wine company founded by the four-time Major winner, has linked with a new German investor, Baron Hans von Staff-Reitzenstein, as part of its ongoing effort to expand on the international stage. 'The objective of this partnership is to add more resources to the brand and improve our capabilities. I am looking forward to my ongoing and active role in the company, and seeing the brand grow and fulfill its potential,' Els said. Based in the Stellenbosch wine region, Ernie Els Wines was founded in 2000 with a focus on luxury wines. Staff-Reitzenstein is a private businessman and wine lover who has spent the past 25 years amassing an extensive wine collection from around the world.

* 20 years ago, Hall of Famer Nick Price was the top ranked golfer in the world, Jordan Spieth was still in nappies, Tiger Woods was an amateur and young Phil Michelson was beginning a streak that would see him winning five Majors. For the first time since 1995, Mickelson has fallen out of the top 25 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Earlier this month he parted ways with longtime swing coach Butch Harmon.

* Two-time Major winner Retief Goosen earlier this month presented the winners of the National Golf Championship in Kissimmee, Florida. Twelve-year-old Brycen Ko was the overall winner after he fired rounds of 70-70-140 to walk away with an 18-shot victory.


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As the caddy master at Clovelly CC during the sixties and early seventies, I was 'Papwa' Sewgolum's main rival (together with VincentTshabalala) during which period, only 'Papwa' was able to beat me at the Cape, but I was prevented from playing on the normal tour due to the Apartheid policies. I won 15 provincial titles on the Non-European Tour, second only to Papwa, as well as two South African Non-European Open titles in 1962 and 1972, coming second in 1955 and 1967, third in 1965, and fourth in 1964. Papwa and I teamed up to beat Gary Player and Vincent Tshabalala in a challenge match at Athlone GC in 1973.

Answer: Ismail Chowglay


'Gary is a living legend. You have to admire how he broke with the tradition of the time in his sport and started training with weights and took his fitness seriously. That's why he can still be out here at the age of 80. He eats well and takes care of himself, and for me as an athlete that's an inspiration.'
- Olympic swimming champion Roland Schoeman

'Good morning Gary, do you remember me?'
- Gary Player, recalling how Nelson Mandela would often greet him

'I've always said that everything we have is just on loan to us. I consider it a blessing to have had 80 years of such a wonderful and privileged life, and to have shared this with so many people.'
- Player again

'I am sorry Nick Faldo couldn't be here this week. He is attending the birth of his next wife.'
- Television commentator David Feherty

'If you're going to take the piss out of me, fine, but don't do it with a microphone in your hand and in front of the whole world.'
- Ernie Els after Feherty said he looked like he was 'putting with a rattlesnake'


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The Hall of Fame is sending best wishes to all of its members celebrating November 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: Gary Player
02: Desvonde Botes
17: Joyce Wethered
20: Bobby Locke
30: James Kingston

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