More than 900 Rhodesian troops are on duty guarding the field of 100 world-class golfers who are taking part in the Victoria Falls Golf Classic in Rhodesia.
GV PAN FROM Swimming pool TO golfers on green
GV Spectators on hotel verandah
GV Rhodesian troops patrolling grounds (2 shots)
CU Crocodile lying water hazard PAN TO eighth fairway
GV Gary Player (South Africa) teeing off
GV Bobby Coles (South Africa) teeing off
GV Bob Charles (New Zealand) teeing off
GV Dale Hayes (South Africa) teeing off
CU & SV Tony Jacklin (Great Britain) teeing off
CU & GV Spectators
GV Gary Player holing out on 18th green
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Background: More than 900 Rhodesian troops are on duty guarding the field of 100 world-class golfers who are taking part in the Victoria Falls Golf Classic in Rhodesia. The troops are patrolling the rough, peering from treetops and criss-crossing fairways as they carry out 'Operation Eagle'. There were hazards other than potential guerrilla attack. British golfer Noel Hunt had to play a wedge shot after his ball landed a few metres (yards) in front of the jaws of a dozing crocodile. Hunt kept his poise and finished the first round 71, three shots behind the leader, South African Hugh Baiocchi.
SYNOPSIS: Players had flown in from 33 countries to compete in the 75,000 dollar Classic at the Elephant Hills Country Gold Club on the Zambesi river.
The troops are mounting an around-the-clock vigil on the course, whose river boundary separates white Rhodesia from hostile black Africa. Across the border is Zambia, which has declared itself on a war footing with Rhodesia. Once, in the past, guerrillas launched a rocket attack on the Elephant Hills Hotel.
The presence of the troops has scared away shyer game but crocodiles are difficult to agitate -- or stir.
South Africa's Gary Player teeing off at the eighth. His first-round 70 put him two strokes behind the leader.
Another South African, Bobby Cole, shot a 71 share eighth place with Britain,s Noel Hunt and Tienie Brit of South Africa.
Bob Charles of New Zealand found the going hard among the soldiers, and was trailing well behind after the opening round.
And this is another South African, Dale Hayes, who also struggled over the first 18 holes.
Tony Jacklin of Britain confided before the tournament began that his wife Vivien was worrying about his safety. And Jacklin's high opening score showed that he was worried about Vivien's worrying.
Gary Player again ... this time holing out on the 18th green. He should know the course because, three years ago he designed it.