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1892 - SA Open Championship

Played at Kimberley GC
Winner: Denholm Walker
Runner Up:

As part of the great Kimberley Exhibition of 1892 the Kimberley Golf Club decided to hold a tournament, the main focus of which was to be a South African Championship.  No such championship had been held before.  The dates were set for 26th September - 1st October and invitations were sent to the golf clubs around the country.  But it was early days for a tournament of this kind and very few entries were received, none from the Transvaal or Natal.

The format of this inaugural championship was matchplay.            (One round (18 Holes) to be played in pairs.  Losers to fall out.  To be decided by holes.)  The winner was Denholm Walker of the Cape GC who beat local golfer H J Mackay by one hole.   He was presented with a gold medal on which was mounted a large uncut diamond.   Sadly, this medal has not survived.   On his way to the final Walker beat Pat Grant, also from the Cape GC, who was considered to be by far the best player at the Cape.   Besides Walker and Grant the Cape GC was represented by H H Carstens and Graham Tennant.   Port Elizabeth sent a team which included W Dewar, while other competitors were Dr McKenzie, J Ramsay, Judge Solomon and W H Solomon.