After last year's dwindled field, we hope to Make the Golf Trip Great
Again!™ with four new players and the return of two cagey veterans.
Newcomer Luis “The Cuban
Missile” Bustamante lends a Latin flair with his exciting Doug
Sandersesque swing. He’ll be joined by son and first-time player
Travis “The Natural" Bustamante,
who continues the influx of younger talent. The first appearance of the
Bustamantes marks the fourth father/son duo to compete in the Southern
Another first time player
is young Ryan “Atlas” McNally,
who will try to circumnavigate his way around the Southern Pines track in
search of the Turtle. An unknown quantity, he’ll team with
Jeff “Sir Title Lock” McCall.
Having last played in 1999, Sir Title Lock’s interregnum is the
longest in tournament history. We dusted off the archives to find his
initial point quota of 13 based on his last competitive round—just
under the 20-year statute of limitations.
Rounding out the first-time players is
Mike “Hoppa” Penland. Hoppa is an
experienced competitor who could get hot enough to compete for the
Templeton Cup. He’ll team with veteran
Dennis “Wilford Brimley” McClane,
who’s is returning after a three-year layoff. His initial quota and senior
tee positions make him
excellently positioned for a run at his first Turtle.
The Templeton Cup competition looks wide
open with the absence of defending
Greg “Stone Cold” Goddard.
Norm "The Total Package" Templeton appears positioned to finally
claim the trophy that bears his name. Playing partner
Dan "The Man" Moore enters the
fray with an inflated quota after finishing in the top three the last
three years. He will be hard pressed to continue that string.
Greg “Loguemeister” Logue
bounced back from a ninth place finish in 2016 to claim the Turtle for
the fifth time in his career, holding off Moore in a Sunday duel. His
quota is still manageable enough to claim a repeat. Logue's playing
partner Michael “The Hoser” Moser
had another dismal year in 2017, posting a ninth place finish. If
nagging back problems don't sideline him, his quota may be right for a
run at the Turtle this year.
Back for his third Turtle Hunt is
Jonathan "Mayhem" Greer. His desire
for the Turtle has not waned despite last place finishes in his only two
appearances. After finally registering an RVF score on Day 3 last year,
his quota may be about to reach equilibrium. Mayhem will once again team
with Carlton "The Senator" Logue.
Now a tour regular, The Senator hopes to improve on a sixth place finish
The end of the Calcutta may have taken a
huge toll on Michael “The Calcutta
Chairman” Wood, who finished tenth last year. His quota is as close to
the Mendoza Line as its been since the early days in Myrtle Beach. This
may bode well for the man whose craving for the Turtle knows no bounds.
Abe “The Ghost” Wood may have
surpassed the old man with a fifth place finish in 2017. The Ghost appears
well position to contend in 2018.
Soldiering on despite the absence of Stone
Cold is Toby “Hoss Cartwright” Hyke.
Still formidable, Hoss's starting quota leaves him in a good place to
compete for the Turtle.
Click on a player below to view his career record through 2017.
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