ISSUE 35
Karkloof Safari Spa Golf Hall of Fame Newsletter
MAY 2016  
 

BAZZA's CORNER


The Minister of Sport has once again raised his concerns about transformation, so it gives me great pleasure that the SA Golf Hall of Fame museum is way ahead of his concerns and features the history of 'black' golf, the TPA Tour, and their records.

The museum presents visitors with the history of golf for people of colour dating back to the 1928 opening of the Indian Golf Club, Ramnath 'Bambata' Boodham's 1929 assault on the British Open, and fascinating stories of 'non-white' successes in the Dutch (1959, 60, 64, 2nd 65), French (1976), Portuguese (1959), and Natal (1963, 65), and SA Open (2nd 1965) Opens. In addition, visitors learn how the SA PGA banned Vincent Tshabalala (1976) because he refused to partner Gary Player in the Canada Cup for political reasons, as well as the government's banning of Papwa Sewgolum and the withdrawal of his passport between 1966 and 1971. And we continue to hail the late Lewis Chitengwa who won the 1993 SA before going on to repeatedly beat Tiger Woods (including the World Junior Championship).

Sadly, very few of our administrators nor those attending golf academies have ever bothered to visit the museum to learn the history of golf in Africa.

After 10 months we are finally putting up the signage at the V&A Waterfront museum thanks to the generosity of our sponsor, Karkloof Safari Spa. At the same time, we will be enlarging the museum and retail area. If you have not been to Karkloof Safari Spa near Pietermaritzburg, do yourself a favour. It is simply the most outstanding spa treatment resort staffed by skillful Thai ladies offering numerous treatments with various spa pools available throughout the day. The amazing array of animals, game drives, cuisine and incredible butler service is the reason why heads of state and celebrities flock to this "below the radar" resort.

With the assistance of Dale Hayes, we are once again looking to host our 7th annual Southern Africa Golf Hall of Fame Induction Gala Banquet and Invitational Golf tournament on Tuesday 15 November (just prior to the Cape Town Open). So book your place now as these "Golf Events of the Year" are sold out well in advance.. WE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR A SPONSOR.

With the withdrawal of both Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel from SA's Olympic Cup team (and whispers that Brandon Grace may also withdraw), does this open the door for our favourite son, Ernie Els, to represent us? Will we be able to field a women's team? We have only one player in the top 50 (Lee-Anne Pace) but how about two-time major champion Sally Little representing us as player and captain? She still hits a long ball and is competitive abroad. I cannot understand why the women administrators do not utilise Sally in the development of women's golf.

 
Player's dream team loses Oosthuizen and Schwartzel


Hall of Famer Gary Player's dream of leading his country to the Olympic Games in Rio has been clouded by news that Open champion Louis Oosthuizen and US Masters champion Charl Schwartzel have withdrawn from the global showpiece of athletics. The Black Knight who will Captain the Men's Olympic Golf team has been a global ambassador for South Africa for many decades. He reacted to the news by saying "I would have given anything to play in the Olympics and have a chance to win a gold medal". Oosthuizen and Schwartzel have joined Vijay Singh and Adam Scott in withdrawing. Jack Nicklaus also expressed his shock, saying the inclusion of golf at the Olympics finally presents the opportunity to grow the sport in many parts of the world where it isn't particularly popular.

 
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.


 
OTHER HALL OF FAMERS IN THE NEWS

* 80-year-old Gary Player became the oldest man to ace in the par three contest at the 2016 Masters. He described the achievement as "thrilling". Player who won three green jackets in his prime, sent the crowd into hysteria when his tee shot rolled into the cup.

* Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen has committed to competing in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Other stars include veteran Steve Stricker, PGA Tour rookie of the year Daniel Berger and PGA Tour winner Charley Hoffman. The event is from April 28-May 1 at TPC Louisiana in Avondale.

* Butch Harmon has coached many of the world's greatest golfers including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els said he regrets that he didn't get his hands on Retief Goosen. "I always felt like I could have helped him. He won two US Opens (in 2001 and 2004) so it's not bad, but he always fought the left ball off the tee."

* Nick Price and Steve Stricker have been confirmed as captains for the 2017 Presidents Cup. Price returns for his third stint at the helm of the International team. The three-time major winner received acclaim for his leadership in 2015 after leading a strong comeback bid against the Americans in Incheon, South Korea. The 2017 Presidents Cup will be played at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City.

* While Ernie Els was battling his way around Augusta, the Autism Golf Challenge was held at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club 12 000km away. The event attracted golfers to raise funds for both the Els for Autism and Al Jalila foundations. It was the first of three events being held in the UAE this year, with the second coming at the Els Club in Dubai on April 28 and the third at Arabian Ranches Golf Club on September 22.

* A Forbes magazine study has revealed that Gary Player is one of the wealthiest retired sportsmen in the world. While NBA legend Michael Jordan and English football superstar David Beckham are the two richest retired sports stars, Jack Nicklaus is sixth on $26 million, largely due to his course design business. He was followed by former NBA big man Shaquille O'Neal on $22 million, former race car driver turned car dealer and team owner Roger Penske on $20 million and then Player on $19 million.

* Rory McIlroy has long credited Gary Player for the part the fitness fanatic played in his conversion from fat to fit. Seven years ago, the Black Knight warned Mcllroy that he needed to "strengthen your core". Player then invited McIlroy to punch him in the stomach and said: "It's like hitting a rock".

* Lee-Anne Pace has become the first female since Sally Little to finish runner-up on the LPGA Tour.

 
NEW MEMORABILIA DONATIONS

The S.A. Golf Heritage Trust sincerely appreciates all memorabilia, trophies, books donate or loaned

A big thank you to those who have loaned or donated memorabilia:
Brews family, Geoff Leigh, Andre Hoffmann, Dale Hayes, Sally Little, Barry Cohen, Lewis Chitengwa family, Andre Hoffmann, Shirley Lockyer, Louis Oosthuizen, Craig Urquhart, Rob Taylor, Compleat Golfer, Mark McNulty, Norman Smith, Alastair Smith, Harry Brews, Jeantte Burd, Ken Pretorius, Clovelly Country Club, Terry Ortlepp, April Merdjan, Bob Truter, Harold Henning family, Cobie le Grange


 
WHO AM I?

I was born in 1957 in Kroonstad, the middle child of five children and the grandson of a Lebanese trader. My family had the largest corn farm in the southern hemisphere and the only privately owned grain silos in South Africa. I started playing golf at the age of 7 with encouragement from his father. Gary Player, a close family friend, also had a large influence on my early career. I turned pro in 1976 and spent the early part of my career playing mostly in South Africa. My first win on the PGA Tour was at the 1991 Independent Insurance Agent Open. In 1993, I won twice on the PGA Tour and finished ninth on the money list. Since then, I have been plagued by a host of medical ailments. I began play on the Champions Tour in late 2007 and recorded three T2 finishes during my first two full seasons.

Answer: Fulton Allen

 
QUOTABLE QUOTES

'I was just too quick. There is too much information to handle on those greens. And I absolutely had a big disaster.'
- Els on his putting nightmare at Augusta

'I like to think my wine's better than my golf.'
- Hall of Famer (and wine maker) David Frost

'I think Bobby Jones' hand came up and popped it out the hole.'
- Nick Price who set the course record at Augusta 30 years ago with a 9-under 63. His birdie putt on the 18th hole rimmed the cup, and he had to settle for 63.

'What seems like a lifetime ago, I left my homeland, South Africa, to pursue the dream of competing as a professional golfer on the world stage. That amazing dream came true for me. The journey took me around the world, and throughout. I enjoyed the commitment, the pursuit of my passion, and the success I had long the way, Now I am home. My greatest desire is to give back to the country that gave me my wings years ago...to propel the game amongst young women who love it as much as I do.'
- Sally Little

 
REMEMBER WHEN?

At the 1965 Natal Open, unfancied Papwa Sewgolum faced the country's most decorated golfer. Gary Player was at the peak of his career and loved or loathed around the world. For three days, Player and Sewgolum were neck and neck as their support bases swelled and became increasingly vocal and animated. On the final day, Sewgolum drove off the first tee two shots behind Player but, by the 18th, he held a two shot lead. By then, thousands of people lined both sides of the fairway. Sewgolum's drive faded too far right and tumbled down a slope, far below the green. A wedge flew into a greenside bunker and it took three more shots to end his agony with a bogey five. Player who had found the green in regulation, was faced with a three metre putt to force a play-off. The path of the putt was straight and true but, at the death, it wobbled slightly and lipped the cup. Sewgolum had stared down his challenger and had become the finest golfer in all of South Africa (for that day, at least). Player, to his credit, saluted his opponent and noted that he had chipped "like a man from Mars".

 
TOP 10 MUSEUM 'MUST SEE' ARTEFACTS

With hundreds to choose from, some of them may surprise you!

* Golf clubs through the ages including 1850 Phelps putter
* Letters from the Prince of Wales to Sid Brews
* Reg Taylor medals
* 1965 Canada Cup winners trophy
* Freddie Tait trophies
* First Golf bag
* Original wooden, featheries, gutties, and haskell golf balls
* Original golf clubs used by Sid Brews, Bobby Locke, Sally Little
* Banned golf clubs
* Harold Henning, Sally Little, Cobie Le Grange, and Lewis Chitengwa lockers

Please contact Barry for further details bjcohen@mweb.co.za (c) 082 9907952

 
ON SALE NOW
SA GOLF HALL OF FAME MERCHANDISE
FOR SALE IN MUSEUM RETAIL SHOP

- 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)

Website: www.golfhalloffame.co.za
Facebook: Southern Africa Golf Hall of Fame

Please contact Barry for further details bjcohen@mweb.co.za (c) 082 9907952


 
 
MAY BIRTHDAYS

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

08: Anton Haig
08: Francis Ouimet
09: Harry Vardon
13: Darren Fichardt
20: Branden Grace
22: Horton Smith
24: Jimmy Demeret
27: Sam Snead
 
 
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