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1958-01 A stroke play event was played over the non-white course in Bloemfontein and was won by David Motati, playing off a handicap of 1, with a net score of 70 70 - 140. In second place one shot behind was D Phala who, playing off scratch, scored 69 72 - 141. David Motati was the person who asked Gary Player if he could caddy for him in the SA Open and was duly given the nod. The national non-white championship had been played over this course in Bloemfontein in 1954 when it was won by L Khatidi with scores of 74 75 77 74 - 300 and was also played there early in January 1958. What sort of course this was is not stated.
1959-12  An open tournament, sponsored to the tune of 100 pounds (R200) by Mr A Magerman, was played at Kroonstad and was won by S Cox Hlapo with record breaking scores (68 68 - 136) from D Motati (70 70 - 140), R Ditsebe (72 69 - 141) and D Harrison (68 73 - 141). Hlapo was the current holder of the SA Open, the Transvaal Open and the Northern Free State Open titles. Motati was from Bloemfontein and was the current OFS Open champion.
1961-08  There were 94 entries for the OFS Non-European Championship which was played in Bloemfontein in 1961. It was won by Cox Hlapo on a score of 268 (20 under par) from D Motati on 272. The low round of the championship was 65 by F Mazibuku.
1962-08  The OFS Non-European Championship in 1962 was again won by Cox Hlapo (67 74 68 72 - 281). There was a tie for second place between D Phala (Bloemfontein) and G Diamond (Transvaal) on 285.
1963-07  An approach was made to the Bloemfontein Golf Club for the use of their course for the 1963 OFS Non-European Championship to be held on 5th and 6th August and, provided only that the necessary permits were granted, the Club was quite happy to oblige. Permission of the Department of Community Development was in fact given and the prospect of the first non-European event on a 'white' course in the Free State became a reality.
1963  There was talk of a golf club being formed in Kroonstad. Leading this initiative was Alf Magerman.
1963-09  The 1963 OFS N-E Championship duly took place over the Bloemfontein Golf Club course and the title was retained by Cox Hlapo, now also the Transvaal Champion, with scores of 76 76 77 75 - 304. His winning margin was six shots. There was a tie for second place between David Motati (78 73 83 76 - 310) and John Mazibuko (77 80 80 73 - 310). "Golfers and spectators won the esteem of all by their conduct and sportsmanship both on and off the course".
1964-01  A decision had been taken by the Bloemfontein City Council some time earlier that a golf course for non-whites should be built and it was now resolved that it should be located at the southern end of Rocklands, an area set aside for future non-white townships. The concept had been proposed by the Native Affairs Committee who in turn were prompted by the Bantu Affairs Commissioner. He was on record as saying that the Department was keen to see golf courses established for non-whites in all the main centres in South Africa. Whether or not this course was ever built is not stated.
1964-02 A special 54-hole Non-European Tournament was held in Kroonstad with prize money of R400.   There were 53 entries and the winner, true to form, was yet again Cox Hlapo on 214, including a course record 67.   First prize was R100.  Runner-up, yet again, was D Motati on 218 (R80) and in third spot from the Western Province was Ishmael Chowglay on 223 (R60).  “Spectators spoke very highly of the conduct of the players”.   Golfers came from all over the country and were accommodated in private homes in the Coloured township.  Beds were put in the crèche for those who did not have accommodation with friends.
1964-09 The OFS Non-European Championship in 1964 was again held on the course of the Bloemfontein Golf Club.  The winner on 74 75 81 84 - 314 was J Gumbi from Johannesburg, a former South African and Transvaal champion who had been playing since 1936.   He was followed by O E Lee (319), B Nkuna (320), E Ngidi (322) and G Sonamzi (322).   Of all the golfers who took part in the championship only one was a caddie, E Popo of Bloemfontein.  In terms of the permit issued by the Department of Community Development access to the premises was restricted to non-whites.  L H Marquard, President of the OFSGU, had been asked to give away the prizes but, in view of the terms of the permit, he declined to do so.
1966-10 Papwa Sewgolum, winner of the Griqualand West title the week before, added the Free State N-European Open to his collection of honours at the Bloemfontein Golf Club.   With scores of 69 70 70 73 – 282 Papwa finished nine shots ahead of Cox Hlapo, holder of the title for the previous three years.  David Motati, the current SA and Transvaal Open non-European champion never recovered from opening with two rounds of 77.   Some years earlier there had been a problem with respect to Papwa, an Indian, overnighting in the Free State.  This must have all changed.    Leading scores were:
        Papwa Sewgolum:    69 70 70 73  -  282
        Simon Cox Hlapo:    69 76 75 71  -  291
        R Mogoerane:        73 75 75 76  -  299
        David Motati:        77 77 73 74  -  301
        J Gumbi:        75 77 75 75  -  302
        Z Mavundla:        74 77 74 77  -  302
        J Ranjith:        73 77 76 77  -  303
1968-12 The Bloemfontein Golf Club had become the regular venue for the OFS Non-European Championship and hosted the 1968 event which was won by R Mogoerane (302) from Papwa Sewgolum (304) and Simon Hlapo (306).   Papwas was leading S Hlapo and B Nkosi by one shot after 36 holes but failed to master the breezy conditions on the second day of the championship.