Champion black South African golfer, Vincent Tshabalala, was among leading players who hit off in the Piccadilly Medal golf tournament which started at Finham Park, Coventry, U.
GV Vincent Tshabalala teeing off
SV ZOOM OUT TO GV Tshabalala putting ball on green (2 shots)
SV ZOOM OUT TO GV Tshabalala putting
CU Reporter interviews Tshabalala
WARD: "Do you see your success in world class now as a stepping stone towards a greater integration of multi-racial golf in South Africa?"
TSHABALALA: "Well I wouldn't say anything at the moment but things are improving. I must really say that back home things are really improving and I am quite happy that things have improved and it is helping us to play better golf and helping everybody too."
WARD: "How much of your success do you attribute to your mentor, Gary Players?"
TSHABALALA: "Well I must really say that he's the first man that I must thank for helping me and it is only that he has really tried hard and he is helping everybody back home as far as golf is concerned."
WARD: "Have you ever drawn any inspiration from that other non-white great South African golfer Papa Segoli?"
TSHABALALA: "Well I have played in tournaments with Papa Segoli and in fact if I win a golf tournament he's second and if he wins I'm always second. He's real great player."
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WILLIAM L. WARD
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Background: Champion black South African golfer, Vincent Tshabalala, was among leading players who hit off in the Piccadilly Medal golf tournament which started at Finham Park, Coventry, U.K. on Wednesday (12 May). The tournament runs until Saturday (15 May) and has a total prize fund of 40,000 pounds sterling (74,000 U.S. dollars).
Last week Tshabalala won the French Open golf championship and in doing so became the first negro to win a major golfing event in Europe. It was the 35-year-old champion's first major victory, although he has won the South African Black Open four times.
Two years ago Tshabalala was working as a motor mechanic and attributes much of his success to his mentor, world champion golfer, Gary Player.
Player has kept a close watch on his protege and two years ago sponsored a trip for him to the Untied States. He also started a fund to finance Tshabalala's current trip to Europe.
On Wednesday the new champion spoke to Visnews reporter William L. Ward at Finham Park. He said Player was the first man he would thank for his success. He also praised Player for the way he helped everyone - black or white - in South Africa to improve their golf and the game in general.
Asked if he believed his own success would be a stepping stone towards greater integration of multi-racial golf in South Africa Tshabalala said he wouldn't comment but felt things were definitely improving on this front in his homeland.
This film is serviced with an interview in English with Vincent Tshabalala by Visnews reporter William L. Ward. A transcript appears below.