RNIE ELS

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Golf Life -

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

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