President Felix Houphouet-Boigny officially opened a new village of Yamoussoukro, in the Ivory Coast last Wednesday (5 March).
GV The new club house at Yamoussoukro golf course
GV Fairway and bunker
LV Golfer walking with caddy
SV PAN AND ZOOM President Houphoet-Boigny (wearing blue) and President of Gambia, Sir Daouda Jawara (yellow shirt) walk forward and watch traditional dancing (2 shots)
SV PAN The two Presidents look out over golf course
SV The two Presidents meet competition golfers including Gary Player (South Africa - first man to shake hands with President Houphouet-Boigny) Angel Gallardo, Spain, dark blue shirt, Benhard Langer (Germany - long curly hair) and Billy Casper (USA - tall man with light shirt and grey sideburns)
CU Lu Liang-Huan (Taiwan) watching
SV Guests watch as President Houphet officially opens golf course with a putt
GV & SV President Jawara drives (2 shots)
SV The wife of President Jawara drives off (very well) ZOOM IN TO Gallery applauding
SV PAN Gary Player drives off in the competition
GV & LV Competition in progress with golfers on course (2 shots)
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Background: President Felix Houphouet-Boigny officially opened a new village of Yamoussoukro, in the Ivory Coast last Wednesday (5 March). The President made the opening stroke in the preliminary four-round golf tournament in which 27 professional have been competing for the GBP 25,000 Houphouet-Boigny trophy.
SYNOPSIS: The Ivory Coast Government has spent 2 million pounds building the club house at Yamoussoukro, and a further GBP 75,000 constructing the course. The layout was designed by former Welsh champion Dave Thomas and building work on the course and an adjacent top class hotel took two years to complete.
Gambian President Sir Daouda Jawara (wearing yellow shirt) accompanied President Houphouet-Boigny on a preliminary tour of the fairways. Some of the most modern techniques in golf-course design have been incorporated at yamoussoukro. An automatic irrigation system has been installed beneath the green, supplied with water from a lake artificially set in the centre of the course. Special grass was imported from the United States to cover the fast-running fairways.
South African professional Gary Player was first among the lineup of professionals to meet President Houphouet-Boigny and his party. Other players competing for the trophy included Michael King and Peter Townsend of Britain, Spanish golfer Angel Gallardo, Bernhard Langer of West Germany and American Billy Casper. Four Ivory Coast professionals took part and there were players too from Togo, Nigeria, the Cameroons and Gambia.
Lu Liang-Huan of Taiwan was also there for the opening.
President Houphouet-Boigny used a seven iron to play a symbolic opening stroke. The first day of play was a Pro-Am competition. The serious business of competing for the professionals' trophy was scheduled for the next day. In the end, Gary Player won both the Pro-Am and the four-day professional tournament which ended on Sunday (9 March). Player seemed to thrive in the high temperatures. He scored the second-lowest round of his life, a 62, on the first day of play for the trophy.