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Amateur golfers from 7 nations tee off in North Korea

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    A golfer prepares to tee off in the Pyongyang Amateur Golf Open 2011 near Pyongyang

PYONGYANG, North Korea >> Adventurous amateur golfers from seven countries have converged on North Korea, looking to add an exotic new location to their destination lists.

Participants from Australia, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, South Africa and the United Kingdom teed off Friday at an 18-hole course near the capital, Pyongyang, that usually caters to diplomats from foreign embassies.

Tournament organizer Dylan Harris told Associated Press Television that the tournament appeals to golfers who like to play on exclusive courses and travel the world.

The 15 players say they want to push back the frontiers of international golf and be able to claim that they’ve played in North Korea.

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