The Twenty Fifth Annual Golf Trip may be the
start of a generational transition, as two of the charter members will
introduce their offspring to the nuances of the Southern Pines
Tournament Director Greg “The Loguemeister” Logue
is coming off a back injury that forced him to withdraw during last year's
event. If this trend toward becoming the nonplaying Tournament Director
continues, he may be able to turn the reins over to his son and
playing partner Carlton "The
Gipper" Logue. In his first appearance, the Gipper is an
unknown quantity who has shown raw talent on occasions.
Calcutta Chairman Michael Wood
has long spoken of finding a successor to handle Calcutta duties. Wood’s partner
this year will be his son,
Abe "The Ghost" Wood.
We may see young Abe handle some Calcutta action as an apprentice.
His beginning quota of 24 suggests that he may contend for both the Turtle
and Templeton Cup in his first Invitational outing.
Mike “Grizzly Adams” King won the
Invitational last year while in Knoxville after a stunning special
Saturday round. Seeking to defend that crown, King remains committed
to his Grizzly Adams look
that may have helped him track down the Turtle. King’s partner
Richard “The Envy” Matlock, who
is still looking for that spark that only a few short years ago made him
the envy of the golfing world. Until Matlock rediscovers that magic,
he may continue to be relegated to plucking King's ball out of the cup.
Cold” Goddard comes in looking to defend his claim on the Templeton
Cup. As a former Turtle Slam winner, he is always dangerous.
Despite a couple of
Factor scores last year, Toby “Hoss
Cartwright” Hyke's quota still hovers near the Mendoza Line. His
points may be right to make a move on the Turtle.
Making a return visit will be
Danny “Depot Stove” Pressley after his stint in marital
rehab last year. He will be looking to wrest the Templeton Cup back from Stone
Cold. The Stove also remains a threat to claim the Turtle Slam.
He'll rejoin Dennis
“Wilford Brimley” McClane, who looks to bounce back after a quiet
Mark “Q-Ball” Kimmet’s attempt to claim a third consecutive Turtle
fell short last year. He may have been hampered by the early
departure of his partner, Randy “Cool Breeze” Gibson,
who withdrew after only one day to attend the birth of a grandchild.
Gibson showed early form in his only round last year, and may be
positioned to contend for his first career Turtle.
Tracy “Tiger” Thompson claimed
Moving Day last year with the highest single day plus points. He
will be seeking to build on that to vie for the Turtle Slam. His partner, Jon “Hairball”
Lawler hopes to parlay a nice RVF performance last year into a Turtle
victory this year. Hairball is also an outside contender for the
After narrowly missing the the Turtle and the Templeton Cup last year,
the fire still burns hot for Norm
“The Total Package” Templeton. He should contend for the Turtle
Slam. Norm’s partner, Dan “The Man”
comes in below the Mendoza line after a dreadful 2014. "Nowhere to
go but up" may be true in some circumstances, but not in Turtle hunting.
Click on a player below to view his career record through 2014.
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