Sun City’s iconic Superbowl provides the stage for the induction of golfing legend Gary Player, who designed both championship golf courses at the resort, into the South African Hall of Fame, powered by Samsung on 6 November 2017.
Representatives from the government and business world, as well as members of the local and international sports community, will be attending the glitzy event dubbed Knight of Hope. The ceremony will be held at Sun Central, Sun City’s convention and entertainment hub. Samsung will power the interactive exhibition hub where young and old are able to celebrate the country’s most memorable achievers. This will be the first time this interactive legacy project takes place to acknowledge and celebrate South Africans who have achieved greatness in fields such as sport, the arts, culture, science and technology.
Rob Collins, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer at Sun International said:
“Player, one of South Africa’s most celebrated sportspeople, businessmen, and humanitarians, is indeed a most decorous icon to be incorporated into the South African Hall of Fame Powered by Samsung. We are honoured to host the induction ceremony in the lead up to the 2017 Nedbank Golf Challenge which plays out on the Gary Player Country Club golf course for the 36th time in November.”
Player won the 1965 U.S open at the age of 29 and became the only non-American to win all four majors, known as the career Grand Slam. He became only the third golfer in history to win the Career Grand Slam, following Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen. Only Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have performed the feat since. The golfing legend has won 165 tournaments on six continents over six decades and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974.
Nicknamed the Black Knight, Mr. Fitness, and the International Ambassador of Golf, Player is also a renowned golf course architect with more than 325 design projects to his name on ﬁve continents throughout the world, including the Gary Player Country Club golf course and the Lost City Golf Course at Sun City.
He is also known for his social outreach and education initiatives through The Player Foundation, which has a primary objective of promoting underprivileged education around the world. In 1983, The Player Foundation established the Blair Atholl Schools in Johannesburg, which have educational facilities for more than 500 students from preschool to eighth grade.