Japan's Prime Minister, Kakusi Tanaka, teamed u with American golfer Jack Nicklaus for a match against two diplomats at the Koganei Country Club, near Tokyo, on Sunday (12 November).
GV PAN..Kogansi clubhouse
SV (right to left) Ambassador Ingarsoll, Tanaka, Nicklaus, and ex-Ambassador Takeuchi pose for press on course
SCU Nicklaus and Tanaka shake hands
SV Press photographers
SV Tanaka drives
SCU Ingersoll watches
MV, PULL BACK.. Nicklaus drives
GV Photographers, PAN TO LV..& SV.. Tanaka sinking putt (2 shots)
SV, PULL OUT.. Nicklaus misses putt
GV PAN..teams approach next tee
KOGANEI CLUBHOUSE, POISED GROUP OF AMBASSADOR ROBERT INGCRSOLL (US). PREMILR TANAKA, JACK NICKLAUS, EX-AMBASSADOR RYUCHI TAKEUCHI.
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Background: Japan's Prime Minister, Kakusi Tanaka, teamed u with American golfer Jack Nicklaus for a match against two diplomats at the Koganei Country Club, near Tokyo, on Sunday (12 November). Their opponents were Robert Ingersoll, the US Ambassador to Japan, and Ryuchi Takeuchi, the former Japanese envoy to the US.
The Prime Minister and his professional partner won -- but details of the scores were not given, and pressmen were barred from the course during play. But it became known that Nicklaus scored 71 -- one below per -- and went through the first nine holes in 33. The Prime Minister took 47 strokes for the first nine holes, including 13 at a par-five hole, and an official revealed that he took even more on the return stretch. Mr. Tanaka is a keen golfer, with a handicap of 18.
Nicklaus was in Japan to inspect a of course he has designed, copied from the original St. Andrew's Course in Scotland. He Took with him a personal message from President Richard Nixon Which said: "If Prime Minister Tanaka is half as good on the greens as I have found him to be across the conference table, you will have an excellent match." Nicklaus gave the Premier some golfing tips as they played, and later presented him with a putter which helped win the 1966 US Masters Tournament.
SYNOPSIS: At the exclusive Koganei country club near Tokyo, an unusual golf match was held on Sunday.
The Japanese Prime Minister, Kakusi Tanaka had recruited Jack Nicklaus from the Untied States to play against two diplomats - the American Ambassador and a former Japanese representative in Washington. The Primer Minister drove off first. He's a keen golfer, with a handicap of eighteen.
American Ambassador Robert Ingersoll looked apprehensive as Jack Nicklaus showed what a professional can do.
Photographers and reporters were prevented from following the party right around the course. But the Prime Minister was said to have taken forty-seven on the first nine holes and even more on the second.
Nicklaus went round in seventy-one -- one under par, though he showed that even the best can have an off moment.
Nicklaus gave Mr. Tanaka a few pro tips. The match aroused international interest. President Nixon sent a goodwill message beforehand.