North Korea was Trolled by Two Aussies Pretending to be Golfers!
Two Australian businessmen managed to trick their way into North Korea. “How so?” you ask. That’s what we are about to find out. These two guys were Morgan Ruig and Evan Shay, both 28 years old and natives of Brisbane. They’ve been friends since meeting in Brisbane Boys College.
Well, prior to the incident, these two men had been visiting China for a Polo tournament, but they cut their trip and decided to go for the golf tournament in North Korea, in Pyongyang.
The tournament was held in early October at a golf complex in Pyongyang, North Korea.
How did they enter the tournament? Ruig and Shay sent an email; as they mentioned in an interview with Daily Mail Australia, “We just emailed them really. I don’t think they’re massive on the internet over there so I don’t think they had many opportunities to research.” They didn’t actually think they would be accepted.
Who would have thought joining an amateur North Korea golf tournament would be as easy as that?
Since they were accepted, they just went for it.
To look like they were real professional golfers, they wore uniformed green blazers with gold Australian logos on the left side which they just customized. Bottomline: it’s a fake uniform to look legit. Eventually, the two made it to North Korea as a team of Australian golfers.
They were nervous at first pulling up their trick, but eventually got used to it. They were treated lightly and with a warm welcome. On top of that, Ruig and Shay were well-accompanied. This was part of the travel conditions arranged for them. They were chaperoned during their five-day trip to the cities and other destinations.
But, remember, “There is no such thing as a perfect crime.” Neither can deny that they can’t play golf. They actually can, but not at a professional level. As they said, their golfing experience is “barely casual.” When Shay hit the ball and it went to the water, his caddy was disappointed and said, “brought great shame upon (their) families.”
North Korea is now demanding for the two Australian pranksters to return to Pyongyang and make an apology on national TV.
Maybe the fault goes to the negligence of the officials of North Korea’s golf tournament. Though, we have to admit that faking your way to join a professional golf tournament isn’t common. So who would have thought someone wouldn’t take the tournament seriously? Or, maybe they weren’t easily noticed as pranksters since the competition is only composed of 85 international competitors who are “off scratch with low handicaps,” as Shay described.
But, we have to know that the tournament is actually open to amateur golfers of all nationalities. Since the bookings are open to anyone, I don’t think these two Australians actually committed a national offense against North Korea.
Morgan Ruig and Evan Shay had pledged to look more convincing the next time they join a tournament. Rumors had spread that their next prospect will be the Somali Open in March 2017.