I’m not going to lie, I still don’t know how to spell it 100%. I’m also not sure how to pronounce it. I am confident on the first syllable though: Rust. But let me tell you, rusty might be his name, but it doesn’t describe his ability. ‘Rustin’ (lets just go with that spelling for now) had a really solid knowledge of the game, knew how to speak to a nuffy about how to be better and knew how to talk shit about the surf scene in Bandon too. In a nutshell Rustin has a rating of: ‘recommend’ in my book.
It it was like the caddy services guy had stalked me as a child and knew how to pair me with just the right looper so that I could talk to him about all previous life events. Actually I was almost a bit creeped out about it. He had a young baby, he had a surfing history, he had a golfing obsession, the one thing that we had that was considerably different was that Rustin was excellent at golf, and I was terrible at golf.
If if there was anything I would change about Rustin it would be that I wish he was a little dirtier. When I think about this guy I put him in the same realm as Ghandi, Mother Theresa, and Channing Tatum: so nice, maybe even too nice, the purest heart in North Bend. If you can deal with that, Rusty is your guy. He has never uttered a bad word about another human being in his life. Even when we baited him about a caddy that we had heard negative stories about for confirmation, he spoke with gusto about the clever ways in which this guy packed his lunch. Rusty is truly the salt of the earth.
Approx Height: 5,10
Approx Weight: 170lbs
Approx Age: 29
Demeanor: Enthusiastic about your potential. Likes to watch the ocean, but also has an eye on your game
Around the course: Rusty will put the driver in your hand if he thinks you have even 7% potential to do something good with it, which I appreciated. Very positive. When it comes to tricky shots, he will let you find your own way through them, unless you ask, then he will tell you to do something complicated in a way that sounds amazingly simple. You will likely fail, but you will also learn something.
Reading greens: Rusty was only hampered by my inability to trust his reads, but all said and done he is solid. Sometimes I thought he was thinking too much about the 6′ right hander he would be riding tomorrow morning and he got lazy, but 90% of the time he was super solid, and definitely has the experience to surprise you with his accuracy.
Propensity to drink: Rusty drank nothing but hot chocolates while I was with him, The consummate professional, but something tells me if you had some mushrooms in your pocket he might meet you in the Dunes after your round to talk about the connection between the cosmos and your terrible round of golf.
All in all: Rusty is a solid guy, a lopper in touch with the earth, an honest and true human being and from what the other caddies say, he plays even better golf than he says he does. I didn’t deserve him, but I’ll take him everyday,
One thing though, if you happen to talk about giving yourself a monkey blood scrotox(look it up), neither rusty, nor any of the other caddies will react, or weigh in on your intentions to do so. Hot tip: Keep that one between you and your foursome.