Blast from the past: Papwa breaks down barriers as he purrs to ...

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Blast from the past: Papwa breaks down barriers as he purrs to victory

Today in SA sports history: January 27

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Today in SA sports history: January 27

1963 — Papwa Sewgolum wins the Natal Open at Durban Country Club, and then, because he wasn’t allowed in the clubhouse because he was Indian, notoriously received his R800 cheque and trophy outside in the rain. He was the first golfer of colour to win a major golf tournament in SA. Minister of community development PW Botha claimed later that Papwa did not have permission to compete. “No permit was issued to him authorising him to take part in the tournament, and the question of what steps should be taken is under consideration.”

1989 — Thulani “Sugar Boy” Malinga makes his first world title challenge, losing on points over 12 rounds to IBF super-middleweight champion Graciano Rocchigiani in Germany. He would win the title on his fourth attempt in 1996...

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