Mercedes-Benz Southern African Golf Hall of Fame Newsletter
Hall of Famer slams "farcical" demands

Ernie Els has described as "farcical" the European Tour's increased playing demands and will register his disapproval by skipping this month's flagship season-ending event in Dubai. The South African is annoyed at the tour's new regulation that its members must play two of the three events leading into Dubai to be eligible for the $8m season finale.


* World Hall of Famer Gary Player who turned 78 last week and shows no signs of slowing down. This week he opened the first ever nine hole Gary Player Championship course in India. The course is a scenic parkland design with dramatic landscape and it has the first ever 'Island Green' in the country. The nine-time Major winner on Tuesday lead the jury for the Indian Golf Awards, the country's first golf award ceremony in Gurgaon.

* Player has also signed a deal to become a global ambassador to Berenberg, Germany's oldest bank. As part of the three-year deal Player will host events across Europe and the US for the bank, becoming its international ambassador of golf. Player had already been a tournament ambassador for the brand last year at the Berenberg Bank Masters European Senior Tour event. * Nick Price is not backing down from his stance that the Presidents Cup format needs a major overhaul. He said that although he would love to captain the International squad again, he would be reluctant to accept the job unless something is done to make the matches more competitive

* Retief Goosen and Sally Little will be some of the stars supporting the Gary Player Invitational presented by Coca-Cola at Sun City from 16-17 November, and which brings together golfers, celebrities, sports stars and business leaders in a joint effort to raise funds for charity.

Mercedes-Benz designs visionary golf cart

During this year's Open Championship, Mercedes-Benz presented the "Mercedes-Benz Vision Golf Cart". Hundreds of golf as well as automobile fans took part in an international competition by submitting their ideas for a golf cart of the future.

This invaluable input provided the basis for a visionary golf cart design study created by the Mercedes-Benz design department. As well as reflecting the innovative and forward-thinking ideas and wishes of golf players, the study includes the characteristics and technologies of a Mercedes-Benz. The cart combines the aspects of Mercedes-Benz vehicles with the functionality of a golf cart. The diamond grille, for instance, was incorporated to give the cart a modern face that is unmistakably a Mercedes-Benz. The idea of the competition was enthusiastically taken up by golfers from all over the world like Japan, South Africa and Germany, as well as North- and South America. The most frequently mentioned ideas and requirements were then incorporated into the design study that has now been presented.


I won the 15-17 Boys category at the Junior World Golf Championships in 1969 and turned professional the following year. I won more than a dozen events in South Africa, and was runner up on the South African Tour Order of Merit in 1974, 1975, 1976 and 1979. In 1974 Iwon the World Cup of Golf for South Africa in partnership with Bobby Cole. In 1971, I won the Spanish Open at the age of 18 years and 290 days, becoming the youngest winner on the European Tour, a record which stood until Danny Lee won the 2009 Johnnie Walker Classic. By 1973 I was fourth on the European Tour Order of Merit, improving to second in 1974 and first in 1975. I also finished in the top four in 1978 and 1979, but played little professional golf after his late twenties.

ANSWER: Dale Hayes


"I've got to go low tomorrow. It seems like Scott is playing really good."

- Ernie Els on the eve of his historic 2012 Open triumph when he beat Australia's Adam Scott by a single stroke

"I've had a wonderful career, and I'm blessed to still be having a wonderful life. When you've feasted at a table for as long as I have, you can have no regrets."

- Gary Player commemorating his 78th birthday

"Marvellous little player. But if he was a golfer he could have continued to delight his fans for at least 20 years more."

- Player on cricketer Sachin Tendulkar's decision to retire

"For me, there is no bigger title outside the Majors for a South African to win."

- Charl Schwartzel who will headline the South African Open field when the tournament begins at Glendower Golf Club in Johannesburg on November 24


The Kings of Swing is the intimate and extraordinary story of a group of South African golfers who have won numerous Major championships s. Their victories were achieved despite decades of sporting isolation and, during the post-apartheid era, in the shadow of possibly the greatest athlete of all time. It is a story of the power of the mind and the power of the body in this, the most fickle of all sports. On sale at leading book stores.


01: Gary Player
02: Desvonde Botes
20: Bobby Locke
30: James Kingston

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