We embark on what could be the greatest refuge disaster ever- The Oregon Trail. If you don’t know what The Oregon Trail game is about, google it.
In the Refuge edition, you will make your way across this great land of ours from Orlando, Florida to the fictional 2020 U.S. Open at Bandon Dunes in Oregon.
First step: pick your character.
A wiry Englishman who has moved to the sunshine state to pursue his dream of winning the U.S. Open. He’s been working as an instructor at a driving range in Orlando for three years. Nigel doesn’t drive, has a bank account of $19,000 and, if we’re being honest, should maybe be more focused on a career as a club professional. But he’s not afraid to chase his dream.
Fresh faced country club kid who had a decent DII career at Rollins College that included one (rain shortened) individual title. Wells has promised himself that post-college he would dedicate two years to chasing his dream of becoming a tour player before retreating home to work for the family business. Nigel drives a 2011 Lexus RX350 that was his mom’s. He’s got $2,000 in his checking and an Amex with a $40,000 limit.
Jason won the 1998 Michigan Boy’s High School championship by 6 shots before flaming out of the PGM program at Ferris State. When the mortgage business and his marriage flamed out in 2008, he got back into golf and moved in with his parents in Pompano Beach. He’s been cashing Florida mini-tour checks ever since. He misses his two kids, but tries to spend Christmas or Thanksgiving with them every year. He’s a born-again Christian with $8,000 cash and a 2009 Honda Odyssey with 120,000 miles.
You will be given options for what steps to take as you embark on your journey. Each option comes with ups and downs- some can be life-changing.
This is a one player game and it could take weeks, maybe months. We need one volunteer, preferably someone who has not starred in WWTBAM or Jeopardy or won a Woke Bracket.
Who among us has the guts to chase their dream?