Mercedes-Benz Southern African Golf Hall of Fame Newsletter
December 2013  
World Golf Hall of Fame divided over Goosen

Two-time Major winner (and SA Golf Hall of Famer) Retief Goosen finds himself at the centre of a spat over whether he should be nominated for the World Golf Hall of Fame. The eligibility criteria for state that players need to be over 40 and have two Majors or Players Championship victories and at least 10 US tour wins. While Goosen meets most of these requirements (he has won six times on the US tour) he still hasn't received enough votes to be inducted. Four-time Major winner Raymond Floyd has argued that players are getting voted into the Hall of Fame "who lack the numbers". Southern Africa has four players who have been inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame: Bobby Locke, Gary Player, Nick Price and Ernie Els. The Hall of Fame is now considering raise the entry age for nominees from 45 to 50 and hostinmg induction ceremony every two years.


* Ernie Els says the career Grand Slam was always his dream-to try to emulate his childhood hero and great friend Gary Player "and that dream is still alive". He said that while it gets tougher as you get older, winning the Open last year guarantees him a spot in the Majors for at least the next five years, "so the opportunities are there".

* At an auction at the recent Gary Player Invitational, Retief Goosen and Johannesburg businessman Mike Dladla waged a bidding war for a bottle of premier brandy. But R36 000 was as much as the two-time US Open champ was willing to offer. Dladla secured the bottle for R38 000.

* Gary Player and Gary Player Design will no longer have any further involvement as the designer of the new Zimbali Lakes Golf Course near Durban. Developer IFA Hotels and Resorts and Black Knight International announced that they would be going their separate ways, after over ten years of various environmental and other challenges that delayed construction of the golf course.

Hall of famer returns to compete in SA's 'Major'

Ernie Els, South Africa's most influential sportsman, returns to Sun City this week for the Nedbank Challenge's new European Tour co-sanctioned format. It will be the four-time major winner's record 17th appearance in the event.  
Els, always a huge draw card in his home country, had been scheduled to play in the Tiger Woods World Challenge, which takes place in the same week as the Nedbank Golf Challenge, but instead decided to return to a venue that has been a very successful hunting ground for him. "The Big Easy" recorded wins in the Nedbank Golf Challenge in 1999, 2000 and 2002. He has also finished as runner-up four times and was third on two occasions. Els will join seven other South Africans - Richard Sterne, Branden Grace; Charl Schwartzel; Louis Oosthuizen; Brendon de Jonge; Darren Fichardt and Dawie van der Walt at a course where he has always been a crowd favourite.


* The fifth annual Southern Africa Golf Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Invitational tournament is scheduled for Johannesburg 15 April. More details to follow.

* The Second flagship South Africa Golf Museum is coming to the V&A Waterfront 2014. More details to follow.

* The Gary Player Invitational raised R3 million at its auction for charities "Wildlands" and "Wings for Wishes"


The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum has begun creative development on “Honoring the Legacy: A Tribute to African-Americans in Golf” – a new, permanent exhibition that will recognise the triumphs and contributions of African-Americans in the game. With the generous support of The PGA of America, the PGA TOUR and the USGA, the exhibition is expected to open in late spring 2014. The exhibition will detail the long, rich history of African-Americans in golf, from the difficult beginnings in the late 1800s for pioneers such as John Shippen, to the progress and challenges of today. The exhibition will also highlight the struggles and successes of notable golfers like World Golf Hall of Fame member Charlie Sifford during the Civil Rights era and major personalities such as Althea Gibson, Joe Louis and Tiger Woods.“It was an honor to be the first African-American inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame,” said Sifford, who was enshrined in 2004. “I am excited that this project is happening now and that fans will be able to see and learn from the stories of other great African-Americans in the game.”


I was born in Bindura, Southern Rhodesia. I won the Rhodesian Amateur (1974) and the SA Amateur Stroke Play (1977). I was awarded two Springbok caps. I had 59 professional wins (59) and finished second at the 1990 Open Championship. I had one Senior Major win (The JELD-WEN Tradition in 2007). I had 18 PGA Tour wins, 16 European Tour wins and 33 Sunshine Tour wins.

Answer: Mark McNulty


"The first time I met Ernie Els, he looked like a one iron with ears."

- Businessman Johan Rupert

"I take the cheques with my right hand".

- Bobby Locke's response after an American professional commented about his weak left hand grip

"No psychologist, hypnotist, doctor could have helped me get out of the hole I was in - only God. It was Him who put me on the road to recovery, both in golf and in life."

- Hennie Otto commenting on his return to form

"I was watching Ernie Els putting on the practice green. Then he left to tee off, leaving behind his golf ball. So I nipped under the rope and stole it. It really is a special event. I rate the tournament highly."

- Charl Schwartzel, who is playing in his fifth Nedbank Golf Challenge, recalls how it was the first tournament his father George took him to watch

Visit the South African Golf Museum situated at the Hyatt Regency Oubaai if you are visiting the Garden Route

- 2013 President's Cup
- 2014 The Masters
- 2014 The Open
- 2014 Ryder Cup


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

*Denotes deceased

01: Lee Trevino
03: Jean Hugo
09: Tom Kite
12: Deane Pappas
16: Trevor Immelman
17: Tim Clark
18: Gavan Levinson
21: Walter Hagen*, Kel Nagle, Christy O' Connor, Karrie Webb
24: Clinton Whitelaw
29: Pete Dye
31: Sir Michael Bonallack

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