Guerrilla activity in Rhodesia near the Zambezi River border with Zambia has forced the cancellation of the GBP 10,000 ($16,000 U.
LV: golfer tees off PULL BACK TO GV course at Victoria Falls, Rhodesia.
MVS: golfers tee off (2 shots)
GV PAN: rainbow across Victoria Falls.
MV: army patrol on Zambezi river PULL BACK TO GV: Zambia border.
MV: golfer with police guard on fairway.
SV Golfer on green
GV: rough PAN TO course and LV golfer (2 shots)
SV golfer tees off with police guard
MV: troops patrol undergrowth nearby
MV: "Beware of Crocodile" sign PAN TO LV golfers.
MV: golfers on lake-side PNT TO crocodile
MV: golfers walk away PAN Crocodile
GV: golfer putting PAN TO ball.
MV PAN: wart hogs across green PAN TO golfers.
MV: golfers and wart hogs across fairway.
MV: police stand by as golfer strike out of rough.
MV PAN: troops on armoured truck through golf course.
MV wart hogs with young across fairway
GV: wart hogs down fairway.
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Background: Guerrilla activity in Rhodesia near the Zambezi River border with Zambia has forced the cancellation of the GBP 10,000 ($16,000 U.S. dollars) Southern Sun - Victoria Falls classic to have started on Thursday (11 November).
SYNOPSIS: A Rhodesian government spokesman denied rumours on Monday (8 November) that Rhodesia Security forces had actually clashed with guerrillas at the course itself at the Elephant Hills Country Club near Victoria Falls, half a mile (8 kilometres) from the Zambezi River. South African top golfer Gary Player, who backed the decision by the South African Professional golfers' Association to postpone the tournament, said there was a responsibility of some 40 lives involved. Nobody in Rhodesia could guarantee the golfers' safety - even the Prime Minister, he said. It was decided however to get up a professional-amateur competition to replace the big tournament.
The course cost three million pounds (4.8 million U.S. dollars) when it was opened last year, and is a showpiece for Rhodesian tourism. Two weeks ago guerillas attacked a local motel but the tournament has re-sparked tourist interest. Although some South African players boycotted the games, seven British players, among others, were taking part in the revised competition. But there are other hazards which for golfers here, as they say, are par for the course.
Only the hardiest player would retrieve his ball from the water hazard at the eight hole. When it comes to wart hogs the problem is slightly more complicated. A player is entitled to replay the ball when ti strikes the tail because the rules say "it shall be deemed to have struck a miniature moving flagpole".
Rhodesian Army units patrol the area and along the Zambezi River border. Apart from the wart hogs and buffalo, there's always the chance of an occasional visit by a rogue elephant. The rules say survivors can play on.