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Eastern Province / Port Elizabeth

1959-04 Competitions at the Redhouse non-European Golf Club included the Murrell Trophy and the Girdlestone Trophy, the format being match play knock-out and played in two divisions.  The finalists in 1959 were S Lelephi and S Goba in the A Division and W Peacock and B Mazonda in the B Division.

The Midland Golf Championship at Adelaide was won by Queenstown golfer W M Batyi with a score of 219 over 54 holes. Tied in second place on 222 were N Tyobeka (Queenstown) and S V Makubalo (East London).  V F Jonas (Walmer) was fourth.

1960-09 A letter from the Secretary of the Eastern Province Non-European Golf Union, CS Sompontsha, was received by R G Fall, Editor of SA Golf, in connection with affiliation to the SA Non-European Golf Union.

At Barclay East thirty players from the North Eastern Districts competed for the Julius Floating Trophy and three towns entered for the Inter-Town Trophy. Both trophies were won by the host club. The winner of the Julius Trophy was B Jacob from S August, also Barclay East, and tied for third H Mathebe (Molteno) and J Mosala (Aliwal North).

Other results from the Eastern Cape in 1960 included wins by Fred Jonas in the Fischer Cup stroke play event at Walmer Bantu Golf Club with a score of 156 from second placed E Gxekwa and in the Brito Trophy, also stroke play, where he scored 236 over 54 holes.   Alex Njokweni won the Walmer Open Bantu title with a total of 218, including a round of 69.  Second was S Louther from Uitenhage.  Also on record is a match between David Nhabe and Alex njokweni, won by the former by one hole.

1960-11  The Port Elizabeth Non-European Golf Club was granted the courtesy of the Walmer Country Club and the Redhouse Golf Club courses to play the 1960 Non-European E.P. / Border Championship. There were so many competitors from all over the large district that two courses had to be used. Two qualifying rounds were played, 18 holes over each course, and then the final 36 holes was played over the Walmer CC course by the 50 leading qualifiers. Considering that the golfers all played normally on courses with bad fairways and sand greens, their scores of between 79 and 85 were excellent.

"All who watched marvelled at their style, dress, etiquette and courtesy". So wrote Mr B Gregory, secretary of the Walmer CC, who added that "his committee voted it a great pleasure to have them on the course".

A letter of thanks was received by the Walmer CC from Kenneth Gwaxula (secretary) and Reginald Schultz (President) of the PE Non-European Golf Club:

"Dear Sirs,
Of all the Eastern Province Non-White Championships that have been played in the past, none can surpass this year's meeting. For this great measure of success we say many thanks to the Walmer Country Club. It is really true that in sport one speaks one language irrespective of what nationality to which one belongs. Today, most of our major tournaments, in all sports, are played on European fields. It is most pleasing to note the eagerness of Europeans to promote the standard of sport amongst Non-Whites. We are not prophets but we dare to predict that very soon sport, and only sport, will bring about mutual understanding to South Africa's different races".

1961-03  The Port Elizabeth Non-European Championship in 1961 was played at the Redhouse Golf Club. The Alan Jackson Cup for the best gross score was won by E Mpambani (171) and the Wally Hyam Cup for the best net by R Charles. The Walmer Country Club made a gift of balls to the competitors.

The Eastern Province Non-European Championships in 1961 were played at Redhouse GC and at Walmer CC. The winners were B Gumbels (C Div), I Makhonxa (B Div) and A Njokweni (Championship Div) with N Malangeni as runner-up. The President at the time was D Grimsel and the secretary was C S Sompontsha. The championship trophy was donated by Mr F Bush (designation unknown). There were nearly 100 entries for this event.

Eastern Province Non-European Championship

EASTERN PROVINCE NON-EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP: Played over the courses of the Walmer C.C. and Redhouse G.C., the two clubs again giving the competitors the courtesy of the green, the championship was won by A.Njokweni, who is seen in the above group, fourth from the left in the front row. Back row: G.Goba, Mrs. D. Grimsel, J.Mjacu, F.Bush (donor of the championship trophy), H.Jacobs, L. E. Kohler, D. Gxekwa. Front row: D. Grimsel (president), B. Gumbels (winner, "C" division), I. Makhonxa(winner, "B" division), A. Njokweni (the champion), N. Malanaeni (runner-up), C. S. Sompontsha (secretary).



 The results of the Queeenstown Non-European Golf Club championships was as follows:

A Section:     
S Wulana                    70 72 72 71  -  285
P Peter                       70 74 74 72  -  290
S Nomwa                    76 75 71 70  -  292
M Mngaale                  80 74 75 74  -  303

B Section:     
G Ntwanamba             78 78 78 80  -  314
M Vanga                      80 78 80 77  -  315
D Mzilikazi                   77 82 81 76  -  316

1962-09 Approval was given by the Minister of Community Development, P W Botha at the time, for the Eastern Province Non-European Open Championship in 1962 to be played at the Walmer Country Club, provided there was a separate entrance for non-white players and that no white club facilities were made available.

The winner of this championship was Bernard Maselwa in a play-off after a tie with A Gxekwa, both players being on a score of 317. They were followed by W Malangeni on 321 and M Hector on 328.

1963-10  Walmer Country Club again made their course available for the Eastern Province Non-White Championships in 1963.   This was won by Ishmael Chowglay from Cape Town whose score of 309 was one shot better than Papwa Sewgolum.   Sewgolum made a strong challenge for the title, scoring a record 71 in the last round, but it wasn’t quite good enough.   Chowglay was given a warm welcome by golfers in the Peninsula on his return to Cape Town.
1964-10  In 1964 the roles were reversed and Papwa Sewgolum was the winner of the E P Championship by a very comfortable 10 shots from Ishmael Chowglay. Sewgolum's four round score was 291, including a new course record of 69 in the first round. The venue was again the Walmer Country Club.