2017 comes in with a light field after four regular players
Thompson and his Partner
Lawler decided they would no longer participate in the tournament.
Stove" Pressley could not participate due to other commitments,
prompting the withdrawal of his partner and defending Templeton Cup
In the face of an already dwindled field,
Adams" King opted for a sabbatical this year, leaving
Richard "The Envy"
Matlock sans partner. After an excruciating, search no substitute
partner could be found, leaving the field at eleven for 2017.
Matlock will soldier on partnerless, hoping to parlay his resurgent
second place finish a year ago into rekindled Turtle Glory.
Defending Turtle champion,
Norm “The Total Package” Templeton,
comes in looking to hold onto the Turtle and to claim his first Templeton Cup.
Playing well of the late, The Package shows no signs of letting up.
With Thompson and the Pressleys out of the picture, his Cup chances have
never been brighter. Templeton's partner,
Dan “The Man” Moore played well
enough to claim a tie for third in 2016. He hopes to build on that to get
into the mix in 2017.
Returning for another year is the
Pennsylvania duo of Jonathan "Mayhem"
Greer and Carlton "The Senator" Logue.
Despite honorific play, Mayhem caught Turtle fever in his first a
Invitational appearance a year ago. If Greer plays up to his
reputed skill level, his reduced point quota may spell mayhem for the
rest of the field.
The Senator returns for his third cut at the Turtle and looks to be
settling in as a Tournament regular. He hopes to follow up on a
fine fifth place finish last year to challenge for the championship
Hanging in despite the
various departures are Toby “Hoss Cartwright” Hyke
and Greg “Stone Cold” Goddard.
They are missing a tiddlywinks event in Vonore to vie for the Turtle
this year. Hoss hopes to rebound from a disappointing 14th place
finish in 2016. The Templeton Cup looks like a two man contest between
Stone Cold and The Package. Goddard is always dangerous in the
Turtle Hunt as well.
“The Hoser” Moser had a dismal year in 2016, posting a 12th place
finish. He hopes to improve on that for a run at the Turtle this year. Moser’s partner, Greg
“Loguemeister” Logue bounced back in 2015 but could not build on that performance in 2016.
He hopes to move up from his ninth place finish a year ago to at least
challenge his son, the Senator.
All eyes will be on
Michael “The Calcutta Chairman” Wood, whose desire for the Turtle may
have waned in the wake of the Calcutta cancelation. Now Turtleless for 11
years, The Chairman will have to dig deep to rekindle his passion for the
Turtle. Wood's partner, his son
Abe “The Ghost” Wood,
acquitted himself well in 2016 claiming his first RVF score. With another
year of experience under his belt, The Ghost may be formidable in 2017.
Click on a player below to view his career record through 2016.
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