Also known as:Haysie
Born:July 1, 1952 in Pretoria, Gauteng Province, S Africa.
Occupation:Professional golfer, TV golf commentator, founder of Dale Hayes Golf event management company.
Total professional wins (21), including Sunshine Tour (13) and European Tour (5+). European Tour Order of Merit winner (1975).
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.
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.
Played as the Spanish Open. Second-placed Brian Barnes (Scot) finished 2 shots behind Hayes (RSA). [Golf Torrequebrada, Benalmadena, nr Malaga].
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].
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].
Played as the Kronenbrau South African Masters. Won by Hayes (RSA). [Milnerton GC, nr Cape Town, Western Cape, RSA].
Played as the South African Open. Hayes (RSA) beat John Fourie (RSA) in a playoff. [Houghton GC, Johannesburg, RSA].
Played as the Lexington PGA Championship. Won for the third straight year by Hayes (RSA). [The Wanderers GC, Ilovo, Johannesburg, RSA].
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.
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).
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].
Played as the Lexington PGA Championship. Won by defending champion Hayes (RSA). [The Wanderers GC, Ilovo, Johannesburg, RSA].
Played as the Beck's PGA Championship. Second-placed Gary Player (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Hayes (RSA). [The Wanderers GC, Ilovo, Johannesburg, RSA].
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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