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Hrnciar won't forget 'side' trip to DMZ

“I guess the bus driver missed his turn to the golf course and drove into the DMZ. I was looking out the window and the next thing I know, the bus came to a sudden halt and there was a gun stuck up under my neck. I just kinda froze. I looked out of the corner of my eye and saw guns in every window.
JERRY HRNCIAR
TALKING ABOUT EXPERIENCES ON ASIAN TOUR IN 1971

Growing up in the Texas panhandle community of Shamrock did not prepare Jerry Hrnciar for what he saw during one of his first experiences as a professional golfer.

In 1971, some friends convinced Hrnciar to join them on the Asian Tour, which consisted of nine tournaments in nine cities in nine weeks.

We covered the first five stops last week. Included were a Texas-sized snowstorm that delayed Hrnciar's arrival in Manila for the first tourney, an encounter with snakes in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Singapore, stench and monkey issues in New Delhi, India, and a MIG escort from New Delhi to Bangkok, Thailand.

That was during the Vietnam War. The golf course in Bangkok was adjacent to an air base where B52s took off and landed.

Week Six took the Cameron University golf coach to Taipei, Taiwan.

"What I remember about that is when we would go shopping or go anywhere, we would have people follow us," Hrnciar said. "They were so concerned about Red Chinese in Taiwan, they would track everything you did, everything you bought, and so forth. They wanted to make sure that you weren't connected to the Red Chinese."

Orville "Sarge" Moody, winner of the 1969 U.S. Open at Houston and the uncle of Municipal Golf Course pro Spanky Moody, joined the group in Hong Kong.

"Another great experience there," Hrnciar said. "We stayed in a hotel and traveled by bus to the golf course, which was near the DMZ.

"I remember one trip out to the golf course. I was just gawking, looking out the window at all the life styles. They would tan hides for all the leather goods there and the smell was pretty awful.

"I guess the bus driver missed his turn to the golf course and drove into the DMZ. I was looking out the window and the next thing I know, the bus came to a sudden halt and there was a gun stuck up under my neck. I just kinda froze. I looked out of the corner of my eye and saw guns in every window.

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