Southern Africa has produced 10 Major winners, 2 Women and 8 Men, who have won a total of 28 majors (including amateur titles), with 27 since the 2nd World War.
- Maud Gibb
- Bobby Locke
- Gary Player
- Sally Little
- Nick Price
- Ernie Els
- Retief Goosen
- Trevor Immelman
- Louis Oosthuizen
- Charl Schwartzel
* Bobby Cole won the 1966 British Amateur
* Alison Sheard won the 1979 British Ladies Open
In addition, Sid Brews (2nd 1934 British Open) was ranked in the world top 5, whilst Sewsunkum (Papwa) Sewgolum (rated as a major domestic opponent of Gary Player's) was denied the opportunity to compete on the world stage due to the Apartheid policies of the day.
The South African Museum of Golf has opened and contains
- History of South African golf
- Major winners
- Research library
- Hall of Fame
- Exhibition room
- Interactive elements (such as playstation, putting green, PC golf games, television video footage & audio commentary)
The objectives of the Southern African Golf Hall of Fame & Museum are to:
- Safeguard the past history of golf in Southern Africa (including pre-democracy)
- Recognise those who have made a significant contribution to the sport of golf in Southern Africa and on the World stage
- Consolidate memorabilia
- Grow the game and inspire the youth
The South African Golf Heritage Trust (s21 Public Benefit Trust) has registered the Southern Africa Golf Hall of Fame & The South African Golf Museum. The trustees include Tony Buirski (Chairman), Dorian Wharton-Hood, Sir Rupert Gull, Barry Cohen, Peter Sauerman and Alan Brews, assisted by the South African Golf Association, the Women's Professional Golf Association and PGA of South Africa.
Photos - Museum & Functions
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Celebrate your love of golf, or honour and remember a friend by purchasing a Hall of Fame Commemorative brick with your name and message engraved.
The brick will be placed on the Museum’s ‘Wall of Fame”, and you will receive: A Certificate of Authenticity, special gift memorabilia, free Museum
entry, a listing on our website, and invitations to Hall of Fame events.
Rita Easton passing
Rita Easton, one of the legends of South African golf and one of only two women to be elected to the Hall of Fame in its first year, died on February 26 after a long illness. She was 83.
Born in 1930, playing out of Clovelly Country Club, she won everything there was to win in South African women's golf including the S.A. Ladies Championship 1950, 51, 53, 55, 58, 69, and then was the first women to turn professional in 1970.
Easton was a member of the Black Sash, and she fought tirelessly against the National Party the Apartheid system. In a recent media interview, she expressed mixed emotions about her career, saying she believed she was a hypocrite. How could I have represented South Africa in the apartheid years when I always fought against the system?
5th Mercedes-Benz Southern Africa Golf Hall of Fame Induction
The following golfers where inducted as the class of 2013 on Tuesday 20 May at Johannesburg Country Club (Woodmead):
- Ruby Bright (nee Armstrong) inducted by Peter Sauerman
- Arthur Walker inducted by Denis Hutchinson
- Joe Dlamini inducted by Theo Manyama & Senator Mike Temple
- Rae Hast inducted by Sally Little & Johan Piek
- Tony Johnstone inducted by Gavan Levenson, Nick Price & Mark McNulty
- Simon Hobday inducted by Dale Hayes & Peter Matkovich
View recorded highlights of the 2014 5th Annual Induction Ceremony - YouTube
A special tribute to Tony Johnstone from Nick Price and Mark McNulty - YouTube
View the Highlights of this great event.
View the Inductees section of the site for more info on each individual.
The Harry Brews Award
The "Harry Brews" Award in honour of an individuals passion and enthusiasm for Golf, has for 2014 been awarded to Raymond Ackerman introduced by Hugh Herman.
4th Annual Induction Ceremony and Celebrity Golf
View highlights of the 2013 4th Annual Induction Ceremony held at Steenburg (17 min) - YouTube
You are invited to see all of the photos of this event on our Facebook page.
Induction Event Sponsors
Overall Project Sponsor: Mercedes-Benz SA
Red Squirrel Networks
Hall of Fame Newsletter
Issue 16 of the monthly newsletter with detail about the museum, hall of fame, and various events is now available online. We hope you enjoy the read. [Also available Issue 15, Issue 14, Issue 13, Issue 12, Issue 11, Issue 10, Issue 9, Issue 8, Issue 7, Issue 6, Issue 5, Issue 4, Issue 3 & Issue 2]
- Read the Southern African Golf Hall of Fame Magazine - Compleat Golfer
- View SuperSport's/SuperGolf's coverage of the golf museum opening (3:45) - YouTube
- An overview of the launch of the Mercedes Benz Southern African Golf Hall of Fame (12 min) - YouTube
- View highlights of the 2010 Induction event (12 min) - YouTube
- 2010 Induction event featured in Compleat Golfer
- View highlights of the 2009 Induction event (10 min) - YouTube
- 2009 Induction event featured in Compleat Golfer
- View messages of support for the event
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South African Golf Museum Opens
The South African Golf Heritage Trust is delighted to invite you to visit the interactive Southern Africa Golf Hall of Fame & Museum, situated at the Hyatt
Regency Oubaai – Golf & Spa, Herolds Bay, George.
Come and visit the most incredible golf museum in the Southern Hemisphere.
The entry fee:
- R 50.00 for adults
- R 25.00 for children
- FREE for children under 12
The Museum inclusive of the Hall of Fame and outside championship putting green are located within a 523 square metre area within the new 100-room hotel & shopping complex which is be open to the public at the Oubaai Golf Estate (near George - Garden Route).
We welcome any memorabilia loaned or donated which we will be happy to display, together with your name, as well as any other assistance.
British Ladies Amateur: 1908 (playing for Scotland)
The Open: 1949, 50, 52, 57
Masters: 1961, 74, 78
The Open: 1959, 68, 74
US Open: 1965
PGA: 1962, 72
British Ladies Open: 1979
(only became a major in 2001)
Dinah Shore Invitational: 1982
(only became a major in 1983)
Du Maurier Classic: 1988
The Open: 1994
PGA: 1992, 94
US Open: 1994, 97
The Open: 2002, 2012
US Open: 2001, 04
The Open: 2010
Senior Major Winners
US Open: 1987, 88
PGA: 1986, 88, 90
The Players: 1987
British Senior Open: 1988, 90, 97
* British Senior Open only became a major in 2003
British Senior Open: 1991
British Senior Open: 1992
USA Senior: 1994
PGA Senior: 2007
Regions Tradition 2013