Mercedes-Benz Southern African Golf Hall of Fame Newsletter
October 2013  

Southern Africa Hall of Fame, Nick Price (Class of 2009), one of Southern Africa's greatest ever golfers, together with Hall of Fame Golfers Mark McNulty (Class of 2009) and Tony Johnstone (Class of 2013) will be in the glare of the international spotlight this weekend when he leads some of the greatest international golfers in the world against the US in the Presidents Cup in Ohio. International captain Nick Price has a short list that doesn't resemble a "Who's Who" as much as a "Who's That?" While he does have heavyweights Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel and Ernie Els on board, his choices include Thongchai Jaidee, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Hideki Matsuyama and Graham DeLaet. "There's a lot of rookies," Price conceded. The International team has not looked this outmatched since 1998 at Royal Melbourne. Unlike the Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup, there are five matches (instead of four) in the team sessions, and thus 32 points available for the week instead of 28. But Louis Oosthuizen who has just returned to competitive golf following a long lay-off, is upbeat about the prospects. "Being underdogs, us Internationals won't be under too much pressure and that can be a good thing. And to have Nick as captain is such a positive because he's so inspirational. He says he's going to put a big emphasis on team spirit. We've got a fairly young team, but the guys have really been playing well ... Adam (Scott), Jason (Day), Charl, Richard (Sterne), Brendon (de Jonge), Graham (Delaet), and then having in the side a guy like Ernie with all his experience is a huge plus. So I believe we're up for the challenge."

We wish Vice-Captain of the World Senior International team to play the USA Senior side, Sally Little (Class of 2009), our best wishes for her team.


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- Ken Pretorius has donated a beautiful silver tea set and certificate that he has won at "The 1994 Gary Player Knockout Competition". It is really something unique to have.

- Terry Ortlepp, 1967 Junior Springbok from Westlake, has donated an autographed Gary Player putter.

- April Merdjan from Zimbabwe has donated her late husband, Zach's, beautiful Royal Harare jacket.


- In his first return to action since a back injury sidelined him in May, Retief Goosen fired rounds of 70 and 72 to make the cut at the European Tour's Italian Open. Goosen and three-time Tour winner Pablo Larrazabal will headline the Indonesia Open which tees off on November 28. They will be joined by Asian Tour hero Thongchai Jaidee and local talent Rory Hie at the Pantai Indah Kapuk course at Damai Indah Golf and Country Club.

- Gary Player has settled a dispute with a former friend over a $1m transaction that took place in 1999. Lawyer Rael Gootkin says Player and businessman Dave King have come to an out-of-court. King, who once caddied for Player at the US Masters, threatened to sue the golfing great for R33m and claim some of his South African assets for not paying back what he said was a loan. Player argued it was not a loan, but does not deny that the transaction took place.

- The Els For Autism Grand Finale is once again going to be in Las Vegas in 2013, and golfers from the across the US and Ernie Els and some of his PGA Tour friends will be in Las Vegas at the TPC Las Vegas and Rio Secco courses.


I was born in 1955 in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe) and educated at Oriel Boys High School. I was Sportsman of the Year in 1975, but went on to represent South Africa in the World Series of Golf in 1980 and 1982. I turned professional in 1976 and played on the European Tour from 1978 to 1980. After moving to the United States, where I joined the PGA Tour, I had my best career year in 1984 when I won the Buick Open, NEC World Series of Golf, and Panasonic Las Vegas Invitational to tie for the most wins on the PGA Tour that season. I finished second in the 1985 U.S. Open, missing out on forcing a playoff by one shot, having incurred a two-stroke penalty earlier in the tournament for waiting too long before my ball fell into the hole. My career effectively ended at the 1985 Goodyear Classic in South Africa. While hitting my ball out of the rough with a 9-iron, I struck a hidden tree stump and damaged my wrist, elbow and neck (even though I went on to win the tournament). However I made a comeback when I joined the Champions Tour, and won the 2007 Senior PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, a senior major, by two strokes over Argentina's Eduardo Romero.

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"A freak reaction."
- Nick Price reflecting on the moment at the Presidents Cup in South Africa in 2003 when he missed a short birdie putt to halve the match and snapped the putter in two as he walked off the green.

"There's no player alive that's had their heart ripped out and played their best golf and taken more swings at Tiger and not knocked him out than Ernie."
- Claude Harmon III

"Ja, after initially just chipping and putting, in the last week or so I've been playing my first full rounds of golf following what was a complete lay-off for six to seven weeks."
- Louis Oosthuizen on his return to competitive golf following a lengthy injury


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09: Annika Sorenstam
14: Beth Daniels
17: Ernie Els
18: Denis Watson
20: Jake Roos
23: Justin Hobday
23: Chi Chi Rodriquez
25: Mark McNulty
27: Des Terblanche
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