Karkloof Safari Spa Golf Hall of Fame Newsletter
JANUARY 2016  


After all these years, I have decided to come out of the background with my own regular column.

Brilliant news, exclusive 5* Karkloof Safari Spa has taken over the Hall of Fame museum sponsorship. Brilliant because it secures our future, and allows me to make the improvements and changes to bring the museum up to the standard I had set at Oubaai. As for Karkloof, situated near Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal, it is the most wonderful game reserve and spa rejuvenating experience you could wish for, and the service is to die for...

Watch out for the upcoming museum improvements including golf travel, miniature golf on the forecourt and the sale of our major winner's wine at the retail store, as well as additional memorabilia displays.

We are presently deliberating our next class of inductees, the competition is intense, and we may changes some of the qualifying criteria to make selections more relevant. Some of those being considered include Tim Clark, Rory Sabbatini, Wayne Westner, Denis Watson, Bobby Verwey, Ismail Chowglay, H. Gordon Stewart, Mickey Janks, Ken Treloar, Dave Proctor, George Harvey, John Hayes, Neville Sundelson, Arthur Stewart, Gaby Tomlinson, Esther Gaille, Reggie Green, Laurette Maritz, and many more. Our policy is to choose between two and six inductees per year

Next month more news concerning our inductee selections, Induction banquet, and Bazza's selection of the best golfers from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda, Kenya and Malawi.

Old meets new at BMW SA Open

Two Hall of Famers (Ernie Els and Retief Goosen) competed in the BMW SA Open this weekend, providing the perfect balance between the old and the new. There were also eight former SA Open champions in the field. Apart from Els and Goosen, Trevor Immelman, Hennie Otto, Morten Orum Madsen, Andy Sullivan, Richard Sterne and Trevor Dodds were represented. While it was the youngsters - particularly eventual winner Brandon Stone and runner-up Christiaan Bezuidenhout - who stole the show, there were flashes of brilliance from the old warhorses. Two-time US Open champion Goosen finished tied-fourth. Reflecting on Stone's triumph, The Citizen noted that "those who remember Els's breakthrough triumph at the same tournament in 1992 (also aged 22) were perhaps not being sentimental when they saw a passing of the baton when the master and the student embraced so warmly in the Glendower clubhouse. When Bezuidenhout joined the celebrations, the past and future of South African golf were united." Els who was the player-ambassador for event, has vowed to beat the yips after worrying putting problems contributed to him missing the cut.

"Hook 'em Horns"

11 January was a big day for the University of Texas.
Brandon Stone wins South African Open and his former teammate Jordan Speith wins the Champion of Champions at Kapalua, Hawaii... "Hook 'em Horns"

Hall of Fame Museum

Following last year's opening of the new Hall of Fame Museum at the V&A Waterfront, the venue continues to attract golf lovers from around the world. Situated near the famous Clock Tower, the spectacular venue has been widely acclaimed and includes a retail store, library, memorabilia dating from 1850, and a putting green.


* Ernie Els on Monday paid a visit to the Lions ahead of the Super Rugby season. The Big Easy gave a short motivational talk and wished the Lions well for their upcoming campaign.

* Gary Player has saluted Brandon Stone on his victory at the SA Open on Sunday. Player was quick to congratulate SA's newest SA Open winner - and welcome him to the SA Open 'club'. Player who celebrated his 80th birthday recently won a staggering 13 SA Opens during his career.


All memorabilia, trophies, books donate or loaned sincerely appreciated


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


'Mark McNulty, Gary Player, Tony Johnstone, Retief Goosen, Ernie Els, Trevor Immelman - they were all icons for me growing up, players I idolised. I've walked with Retief, Ernie and Trevor at SA Opens and to now have my name alongside theirs is simply incredible.'
- Brandon Stone

'When Papwa was inducted into the Southern African Golf Hall of Fame (in 2009), the ceremony was at Oubaai and I was lucky enough to play with Ernie Els. I watched the way he conducted himself. He would go around the course as if it was a casual day out and shoot the lights out. I think at times I actually tried too hard and I realised how important it was to go out and enjoy myself. When I do that I play better golf.'
- Papwa Sewgolum's grandson Nirshalan

'I've got a nice schedule, quite similar to previous years. I love the Major venues this year. With Oakmont, when I won my first Major at the US Open in '94. Then Troon where I lost in a playoff there. Then Baltusrol where I finished seventh in the US Open in '93, that gave me all the exemptions I needed to get my card. There's a lot of nice events coming up, and I'd love to get myself back into the top 50 again hopefully by the end of the year.'
- Ernie Els who is currently ranked 191st in the world

'With trouble set to surround us in every direction in 2016, let's hope that golf will be our respite and that it brings you straight drives; friendly bounces; superb entertainment but mostly loads of fun and laughter out on the course.'
- Dale Hayes


Nick Price who had come within three strokes of winning two major championships, finally struck gold at the 1992 PGA Championship, the Major that is known as "Glory's Last Shot". The tournament is traditionally played in mid to late August and, as a result, it is associated with high summer and hot and humid conditions. The 74th edition of the tournament was held at the Bellerive Country Club in St Louis, Missouri. With moderate temperatures on the opening day, Price fired a 71 to tie with Ian-Baker Finch, Greg Norman and Hale Irwin, four shots behind Gene Sauers. A 69 on the second day saw Price tied seventh. Despite a nervy start at the third round where he lost two shots, he bounced back quickly with four birdies in a row (nine through 13). Another birdie at the 17th saw him two shots behind Sauers who finished with a 70. Sauers had the championship with his grasp when he birdied the fourth (to go eight under par) but then began to unravel. Three putts at the fifth and a dropped shot at the short sixth hole saw Price draw level. The 35-year old fired 10 straight pars in the final round. Jeff Maggert and John Cook were now the only real contenders, but birdie putts on the par three 16th and par five 17th kept Price in the driving seat. On the 18th, Price holding a two shot lead, pulled his drive into the left rough, but he hit a spectacular five iron recovery shot to the back of the green. He pared the hole, Cook bogeyed it and Africa had its first Major winner in more than a decade. This victory opened the floodgates and, over the next two years, Price won 16 of the 54 tournaments he played in worldwide. As The New York Times noted, he had transformed his game from good to great and had entered "a special sweet spot in time where the complex becomes simple and where the most difficult game to subdue somehow becomes easy".


- 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)

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The Hall of Fame is sending best wishes to all of its members celebrating January 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: John Mashego
11: Ben Crenshaw
13: Ulrich van den Berg
20: Andrew McLardy
21: Jack Nicklaus; Bobby Verwey
24: Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki
26: Sir Henry Cotton*
26: Nick Price
30: Curtis Strange, Payne Stewart*

*Denotes 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

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