Karkloof Safari Spa Golf Hall of Fame Newsletter
APRIL 2016  


It has been a very difficult time at the Hall of Fame following the sudden withdrawal of Mercedes-Benz. Fred Worner's 7* Karkloof Safari Spa, one of the world's best spa treatment facility and fantastic game reserve near Pietermaritzburg has entered into this space and has assisted while we await news concerning another potential sponsor.

The objective of the museum was to reduce the flow of memorabilia leaving South Africa, document the history of the game in our region, honour those who have made a significant contribution and expand the game of golf. As in other countries, we have been hoping that this project will fall under the national golf body (and not a private individual) and we await developments in this regard. The memorabilia is outstanding and we hope you will take time to visit the venue which is situated at the V&A Waterfront Clock Tower.

Finally, I would like to thank Karkloof Safari Spa (where you will be treated like royalty, and are likely to mix with royalty) for sponsoring this newsletter over the last two years as well as Craig Urquhart and Marc-Andre Lang for compiling it.

Golf's Little Giant

Hall of Famer Sally Little continues to inspire youths through the Sally Little Golf Trust. Thanks to Nedbank Sports and TaylorMade, Little's non profit organisation continues to support and contribute to the general wellbeing of youngsters through education, sport and training. Liitle who is based n Cape Town said her ultimate goal is to identify a golfer of colour who can play at a high level on the world stage. Little became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1971 and won 15 LPGA Tour events, including two major championship, during her career.

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.


Jason Day produced another spectacular all-round performance to regain the WGC-Dell Match Play title with a 5&4 beating of Louis Oosthuizen in Texas on Sunday. Oosthuizen, who knocked out Jordan Spieth, won the opening hole with a par, but his challenge quickly faded. Day, who will replace Jordan Spieth as world No 1 when the rankings are updated on Monday, cruised into a three-hole lead by the turn and sealed the deal with a stylish approach to three feet at the 14th which the South African could not match. Nevertheless, Oosthuizen has had an impressive start to the 2016 season after winning the Perth International by one stroke for an eighth European Tour title in an event also sanctioned by the Tour of Australasia.


* Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus will share the first tee at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 7 when they hit the ceremonial opening shots of the Masters Tournament. Arnold Palmer, whose four green jackets and swashbuckling ways helped propel the tournament to international significance, is opting out - but he will be an avid spectator. Palmer, an 86-year-old charter member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, hasn't played much golf due to a shoulder injury in 2014.

* Player continues to stake his claim as the World's Most Traveled Athlete after a visit to Vietnam, which he believes will become a major player in the emerging golf market of Asia. After successful developments in other evolving markets including Bulgaria, China and Abu Dhabi, Player and his design team have been engaged on multiple projects by Vingroup, who is a leader in Vietnam's tourism industry featuring golf courses, international luxury hotels, resorts, beach villas and amusement parks. It is an ideal scenario for the Black Knight to design championship courses in a golf hungry region.

* Rickie Fowler made a special ace at the Cigar Aficionado-Wine Spectator Pro-Am at Old Palm Golf Club earlier this month. Besides causing a ruckus at the course, it also gives $1 million to Ernie Els' charity, Els for Autism. Fowler's hole-in-one came on the 19th hole from 113 yards and rightfully elicited an incredible response from the crowd.

* The PGA Grand Slam of Golf which was won by Hall of Famer Nick Price in 1992 has been discontinued by the PGA of America, which said the event struggled to find support in an increasingly crowded late-year schedule. The event was designed to feature the four major champions from a season in a 36-hole showdown at an exotic course, with fill-ins joining in case of multiple major winners or players unable to take part. Last year's Grand Slam of Golf was to have been played at Trump National in California, but after controversial remarks by owner and US Presidential candidate Donald Trump, the event was moved by the PGA only to be cancelled when no new venue could be found.


All memorabilia, trophies, books donate or loaned to the museum is sincerely appreciated


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


"Am I disappointed ... well, sure, but time moves on. I stopped playing in the Masters in 2004, I stopped playing in the Par-3 Contest last year, and now it's time to end this part of my Masters career. I would love to go on doing it forever, but I don't have the physical capability to hit the shot the way I would want to hit it. So I'll have to be content to watch."
- Arnold Palmer

"I am an animal when it comes to achievement and wanting success. There is never enough success for me."
- Gary Player

"That son of a bitch Locke was able to hole a putt over 60 feet of peanut brittle."
- Lloyd Mangrum, one of Bobby Locke's tour rivals in the US

"I'd probably fly down to our house at Herold's Bay in South Africa, get a whole bunch of friends and family together, and play 18 holes at Oubaai. It's a beautiful golf course, our first golf course design project in my homeland, and it always makes me happy playing there. We'd then have a Braai afterwards and a few glasses of red wine."
- Ernie Els when asked by a reporter where he would like to play his dream round

"For all his kindness and gentility, Nick Price is as driven as anyone in the game."
- John Feinstein


South African/Rhodesian star Denis Watson was left to rue the couple of seconds that may have cost him a US Open title at Oakland Hills, Michigan. It was 1985 and Watson missed the chance to force a playoff, having incurred a two-stroke penalty earlier in the tournament. It was assessed on the eighth hole in the first round after he had waited longer than the permitted 10 seconds for a six-metre putt that sat trembling on the lip of the hole. The ball did (eventually) drop, but the birdie was disallowed and the penalty strokes added. Watson had violated Rule 16-1h of the game which allows a golfer "enough time to reach the hole without undue delay and an additional ten seconds to determine whether the ball is at rest. If by then the ball has not fallen into the hole, it is deemed to be at rest". The USGA and R&A, the sports governing bodies, have since amended the penalty for this rules infraction to just a single stroke. It was a career altering error for Watson who never found himself in contention at a Major again.


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08: Francis Ouimet
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20: Branden Grace
22: Horton Smith
24: Jimmy Demeret
27: Sam Snead

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