HAS GRACED THE
COVER OF THIS MAGAZINE 33 TIMES (INCLUDING THIS ISSUE), AND WE
FELT IT APPROPRIATE THAT HE SHOULD BE THE FOCUS OF OUR 20TH
ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS. NOT ONLY HAS THE BULK OF HIS
CAREER AS ONE OF GOLF’S MODERN LEGENDS COINCIDED WITH OUR
20 YEARS OF COVERING GOLF IN SOUTH AFRICA AND GLOBALLY, BUT
HE WAS A PLAYING EDITOR FOR GOLF DIGEST DURING THE FIRST 12 OF
THOSE YEARS. THIS IS THE 239TH ISSUE OF GOLF DIGEST SOUTH AFRICA
(IN THE FIRST TWO YEARS WE PUBLISHED 11 ISSUES A YEAR), AND RATHER
THAN TRY AND LOOK BACK THROUGH ALL OF THEM, WE ARE GOING TO
CONCENTRATE ON THE ISSUES WHICH FEATURED ERNIE ON THE COVER.
He wasn’t on the very first cover (October 1995).That was Nick Price, also a Golf Digest Playing Editor – he remains one to this day – who at the time was the No 2 player on the World Ranking behind Greg Norman.A youthful looking Ernie – he was just 26 – was on the November 1995 cover. The coverline was one we have often used over the years in some form or other: Bust It! How to find those extra metres from the tee.
The four-page instruction shoot in the issue shows him using a small-headed Callaway metal driver (we were still several years away from the 460cc beasts we play with today). Ernie’s finish through the ball is exceptional. He emphasises in the feature that the club should finish behind you, and he certainly achieves that.
Ernie provided some wonderful instruction features for us over the years, including a monthly column called Ernie’s Easy Tips. Many of his tips came from what he had himself learned, in tournaments or on the range, and I believe he