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Papwa: Golf’s Lost Legend | Biography: Sport

Maxine Case

“What does it matter if people are on my side? They still won’t let me play!”

In 1963 Sewsunker “Papwa” Sewgolum, a former caddie, became the first golfer of colour to win a provincial open in South Africa. Self-taught, his game honed on the hills and dunes surrounding his Riverside home, Papwa won the Natal Open and instantly became a symbol of the sports boycott movement.

Two years later Papwa beat Gary Player to win the Natal Open for the second time. He won the Dutch Open in 1959, 1960 and 1964. Then, at the peak of his career, Papwa was banned from participating in any tournaments in South Africa. Crushing him further, the government withdrew his passport …

Award-winning author Maxine Case vividly recreates Papwa’s story in this timely, uniquely South African story of triumph and loss.


“A genius around the greens. It was a privilege to know Papwa, a champion and a gentlemen." - DALE HAYES

“He achieved in spite of adversity.” - SALLY LITTLE


“One of South Africa’s finest golfers ... Papwa was dynamite! The fact that he is relatively unknown to South Africans today is a great shame as his is a wonderful story everyone should know.” - GARY PLAYER

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Papwa: Golf’s Lost Legend | Biography: Sport


Author: Maxine Case
Category: Biography: Sport
ISBN: 9780795707117
Date Released: 21 September 2015
Price (incl. VAT): R 265.00
Format: Soft cover,272pp

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Maxine Case


Maxine Case has written for a number of publications in South Africa and abroad, and her work has been translated into several languages, including Dutch,...

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