Mercedes-Benz Southern African Golf Hall of Fame Newsletter
AUGUST 2013  
Museum raises awareness with local students

The towns of Mossel Bay, George, and Knysna remain in the spotlight thanks to the extraordinary feats of some of the local golfers, including Brandon Grace, Lee-Anne Pace and, of course, Louis Oosthuzien and Ernie Els. With interest in the game sky-high at the moment, the Garden Route remains a golfing Mecca with its numerous golf courses, driving ranges and academies. In an effort to capitilise on the mood of the moment, the Hall of Fame museum has embarked on a programme to raise interest and awareness in the venue which covers the rich history of South African golf, and at the same time grow the game. Local schools in the Eden District Municipality will be invited to the state-of-the-art facility and will be given an opportunity to interact with the museum staff and, in return, receive free golf tuition at the Oubaai Golf Club.

Desmond North Collection

The Hall of Fame has acquired the Desmond North collection. North who lived in Port Alfred acquired hundreds of golfing books, clubs, trophies, medals and other memorabilia which were passed on to his siblings after his death.  
This valuable collection which could have been sold abroad, now has a home at the Hall of Fame where future generations can appreciate it.


- CNN Travel has compiled a list of Africa's top golf courses, noting that for a reputedly impoverished continent, there are a remarkable number - 828 in total with a little more than half of those located in South Africa. Among the courses which made the cut were Fancourt Links (George), the Gary Player Golf Course (Sun City) and Leopard Rock Golf Resort (Mutare, Zimbabwe).

- President's Cup captain Nick Price has a "major concern" ahead of the October 3-6 Presidents Cup following the decision by Louis Oosthuizen to take two months off golf to heal assorted injuries. Oosthuizen, who lies second in the international points standings, does not expect to return to action until the European Tour's September 26-29 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland.

- South African golf legend Gary Player, affectionately known as the Black Knight, is in pretty good shape for a 77-year-old, and the current issue of ESPN the Magazine carries photos of the legend in his birthday suit. The septuagenarian Player, has become the oldest person to ever appear in the magazine's special edition.

- A July, 2013 Sunday Times survey revealed that of the nations 20 top-earning athletes, the first four places went to Ernie Els, Louis Oosthuizen, Retief Goosen and Charl Schwartzel with a combined income of R668 million (for 2012).

Who am I?

I won 30 professional tournaments around the world. I was born in Johannesburg in 1945 and turned professional in 1969. I was a leading player on the Southern African Tour for over twenty years and spent the northern summers playing on the European Tour. I finished in the top-20 on the Order of Merit six times. After reaching the age of fifty in 1995, I played mainly on the US-based Champions Tour where I won five tournaments, including four in 1996, when I finished third on the money list. I have also won a tournament on the European Seniors Tour.

Answer: John Bland


"I love links golf. And I'm trying to be as positive as I can. But I guess I got all my breaks last year. And it's very frustrating, trying to get myself back in the tournament. And it's just not going my way."

- Ernie Els on his Open campaign at Muirfield

"I have an idea that it will be only a matter of time now before a Major title falls to the world's greatest cross-handed golfer - Sewsunker Sewgolum."

- Herbert Warren Wind

"When you're in love as a young man, naturally golf seems to take second place for a while. It's natural. Love is still the greatest thing that ever happens in our lives. But the thing is for a man like Rory with talent galore he's got to make sure he has a woman like I've got, who has been married (to me) for 56 years, that has only encouraged me to do well."

- Gary Player on Rory Mcllroy's dip in form (the Irishman is dating tennis star Caroline Wozniacki)


The retail store has been revamped in order to make shopping more accessible to visitors. Some of the items include:

- Hall of Fame 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)
August birthdays

07: Doug McGuigan
07: Garth Mulroy
12: Justin Hobday
17: Hugh Baiocchi
23: John Fourie
24: Nico van Rensburg
27: Richard Sterne
27: Ashley Roestoff
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