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Encyclopedia > Sewsunker Sewgolum

Sewsunker "Papwa" Sewgolum (1930-1978) was a legendary Indian golfer from South Africa who carved a niche for himself in golfing folklore when he became the first golfer of colour to win a provincial open in South Africa. He became a symbol of the sports boycott movement when pictures of him receiving his trophy outdoors in the rain, because of apartheid he was not allowed to enter the clubhouse, were published across the world. 1930 (MCMXXX) is a common year starting on Wednesday. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... Golf (gowf in Scots) is a game where individual players or teams hit a ball into a hole using various clubs, and is one of the few ball games that does not use a fixed standard playing area. ... A segregated beach in South Africa, 1982. ...

Early life

Sewgolum married Suminthra and had a son, Rajen.


Sewgolum, a former caddie, with his wrong-way-round grip (left hand beneath his right) caused a stir in 1963 when he beat 103 white golfers including Harold Henning in the provincial Natal Open tournament at the Durban Country Club. In 1965 he beat Gary Player to win the title for the second time. He also won the Dutch Open in 1959, 1960 and 1964. He was the winner of a number of non-white golfing championships in South Africa. 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... KwaZulu-Natal, often referred to as KZN, is a province of South Africa. ... Central area of Durban Durban is a city in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa (). It is also known by the Zulu word eThekwini, (which means at the harbour, from the Zulu word itheku). ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... Gary Player on the cover of a 1999 golf instruction video. ... The KLM Open is an annual European Tour golf tournament played in The Netherlands. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... For the Nintendo 64 emulator, see 1964 (Emulator). ...

Honours and awards

  • Sewgolum received a posthumous achievement award from President Thabo Mbeki in 2003.
  • Durban has named a golf course named after him. The Papwa Sewgolum Municipal Golf Course is an 18 hole flat woodland course situated in the suburb of Reservoir Hills. The 13th hole of the golf course is being moved to allow creation of an Ashes Disposal Centre.



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