Who's who in golf - Dale Hayes

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Name: - Dale Hayes
Country: - South Africa
Born : - July 1, 1952 in Pretoria, Gauteng Province, South Africa.
Original Home/Club: - Pretoria, South Africa.
Occupation: - Professional golfer, TV golf commentator, founder of Dale Hayes Golf event management company.
Turned Pro: - 1970
Web Address: - http://www.dalehayesgolf.com

Roll of Honour

Total professional wins (21), of which Sunshine Tr (13) and European Tr (5+). European Tr Order of Merit winner (1975).

Golf course design

Hayes has been involved for many years with the successful course design company of Matkovich & Hayes. Most of the actual design is done by Peter Matkovich, with Hayes predominantly involved in marketing and public relations for the company. Matkovich designs can be found in all parts of South Africa.

Did you know?

Hayes enjoyed a successful playing career as a professional golfer, which included winning the 1975 European Tour Order of Merit. After retiring from competitive golf, he has remained very active in the game as a commentator and principal of an event management business.

Top tournaments won by Dale Hayes

1979Men EuropeSpanish OpenTorrequebrada278 (-10)£5,788
Played as the Spanish Open. Second-placed Brian Barnes (Scot) finished 2 shots behind Hayes (RSA). [Golf Torrequebrada, Benalmadena, nr Malaga].
1978Men EuropeFrench OpenLa Baule269 (-19)£7,025
Played as the French Open. Second-placed Seve Ballesteros (Esp) finished 11 shots behind Hayes (RSA). [Red course, La Baule GC, Pays-de-la-Loire].
1978Men EuropeItalian OpenPevero GC293 (+5)£5,506
Played as the Italian Open. Second-placed Vin Baker (RSA) and Tommy Horton (Eng) finished 3 shots behind Hayes (RSA). [Pevero GC, Costa Smeralda, Sardinia].
1978Men AfricaSouth African MastersMilnerton GC275 (-13)
Played as the Kronenbrau South African Masters. Won by Hayes (RSA). [Milnerton GC, nr Cape Town, Western Cape, RSA].
1976Men AfricaSouth African OpenHoughton287x
Played as the South African Open. Hayes (RSA) beat John Fourie (RSA) in a playoff. [Houghton GC, Johannesburg, RSA].
1976Men AfricaSouth African PGAWanderers GC266
Played as the Lexington PGA Championship. Won for the third straight year by Hayes (RSA). [The Wanderers GC, Ilovo, Johannesburg, RSA].
1975Men EuropeEuropean MastersCrans-sur-Sierre273 (-7)£5,217
Played as the Swiss Open. In a South Africa dominated Swiss Open, second-placed Gary Player (RSA), Tienie Britz (RSA) and Bernard Gallacher (Scot) finished 1 shot behind Hayes (RSA). [GC Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans-Montana, Switzerland].
1975Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Eurpn Tr71.26n/a
Hayes (RSA) recorded the season's lowest stroke average on the European Tour, with 71.26. Bob Shearer (Aus) was second with 71.77. Graham Marsh (Aus) averaged 70.90, but played in only six tournaments (20 rounds).
1975Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Tr17,487 pts£20,507
Hayes (RSA) won the Harry Vardon Trophy as the European Tour 1975 Order of Merit winner. Using a season-long points system, Hayes accumulated 17,487.99 pts; Bob Shearer (Aus) was second with 13,920.88 pts; Eamonn Darcy (Ire) was third with 11,988.33 pts. Hayes also topped the Tour's 1975 Prize Money List with £20,507; Jack Newton (Aus) was second with £16,394; Bob Shearer (Aus) was third with £16,040.
1975Men AfricaSouth African PGAWanderers GC266
Played as the Lexington PGA Championship. Won by defending champion Hayes (RSA). [The Wanderers GC, Ilovo, Johannesburg, RSA].
1974Men AfricaSouth African PGAWanderers GC271 (-9)US$10,000
Played as the Beck's PGA Championship. Second-placed Gary Player (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Hayes (RSA). [The Wanderers GC, Ilovo, Johannesburg, RSA].
1971Men EuropeSpanish OpenEl Prat275x
Played as the Spanish Open. Won by Dale Hayes (RSA). [Real (Royal) GC El Prat, El Prat de Llobregat, nr Barcelona Airport. Club now located in Terrassa, nr Barcelona].


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