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When I met Gary Player

Greetings Dear Gary………
Once again I apologise for not being at your 80th Birthday, as I broke my hip in Los Angeles and still recuperating. From what I have heard the celebration was a huge success.
In replying to the request for some reminiscences of our (over 60 year) great Friendship, I wish to relate the following:-
I was at King Edwards school in Houghton Johannesburg and recall Teacher Teddy Gordon reprimanding Gary (who was constantly ‘bunking out’ of his school obligations to play golf) stating, “Player where do you think golf will get you”?
I further recall when he was Assistant Pro to Jock Brews at Killarney Johannesburg he gave me golf lessons for 10 shillings and 6 pence—–my golf proved that was all I should have paid and he should refund me!!
When he was getting famous I gave him 250 Pounds a year to be a Director of my Company.
One day when Gary was about 30 he told me, “Now that I am getting old my nerves are giving away”————–
On the practice green at Houghton when a tournament was being played he asked me to lend him my 9 iron; which I promptly did and told him I always Shank with it……he promptly returned it to me and then recalled it and said, “I should not be so superstitious”
When Gary was the British Open Champion, Tommy Bolt was the U.S. Champion. I brought Tommy to SA to play a 12 match Challenge Series. He beat Gary and Gary went on to huge success and said that he learnt much from Tommy (besides the immense entertainment and laughter we all enjoyed).
I do not wish to hog the space, but I cherish my memories of Vivienne Gary over these many years as they area nd always will be treasured Friends.
Best to you Gary …….With my love and immense affection,
Maurice (Shawzin)

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