DE­NIS WAT­SON FOR HALL OF FAME

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

Former PGA Tour win­ner De­nis Wat­son will be in­ducted into the South­ern African Golf Hall of Fame in April, when the bi­en­nial cer­e­mony is held at Plet­ten­berg Bay dur­ing the week of the SA Se­nior Open.

Wat­son, 61, from Zim­babwe, will be in­tro­duced by con­tem­po­raries Mark McNulty and Hugh Baioc­chi. He won three times on the PGA Tour in 1984, in­clud­ing the World Series of Golf. A year later he nar­rowly lost the US Open, fin­ish­ing sec­ond by a shot to Andy North af­ter in­cur­ring a two-shot penalty in the first round for wait­ing longer than the pre­scribed 10 sec­onds for his ball to drop as it hung on the edge of the hole.

A wrist injury sus­tained hit­ting out of the rough at Hume­wood, while win­ning the 1985 Goodyear Clas­sic, was to halt his ca­reer. He re­quired surgery on his wrist and neck. He did play again, but was never able to get his game back to where it had been, and in the 1990s he re­tired. How­ever, af­ter turn­ing 50 in 2005 he en­joyed a brief resur­gence on the Cham­pi­ons Tour, win­ning the 2007 Se­nior PGA Cham­pi­onship (right), one of the tour’s “ma­jors.”

Also be­ing in­ducted are four golfers/ ad­min­is­tra­tors from pre­vi­ous eras who have passed on. They are An­gela

Hockey, a stal­wart over 40 years at Royal Cape GC and in West­ern Prov­ince women’s golf, from the 1920s to 1960s; Spring­bok Es­ther Gaille (Royal Jo­han­nes­burg) from the 1950s who be­came pres­i­dent of the SA Ladies Golf Union;

H Gor­don Ste­wart (Royal Cape), SA Am­a­teur cham­pion of a cen­tury ago; and Arthur Ste­wart (Krugers­dorp), a Spring­bok who won the SA Am­a­teur in 1957 and then the SA Open in 1958, beat­ing both Gary Player and Bobby Locke.

A spe­cial award will go to former Spring­bok Judy An­gel, who died last Oc­to­ber aged 71. She was a cel­e­brated teacher in the United States. The Harry Brews Award will go to No­mads Golf.

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