When Raymond Parsloe Devine visited Moscow to pay homage to Vladimir Brusiloff, he had prepared himself to make a better impression on the author than he did when he first met Brusiloff at the Wood Hills Literary Society. In short, he learned to play the game of Golf, that being the passionate sideline of the Russian author. He had so polished up his game that he was able to wangle a spot in the Russian Authors Invitational at the Nijni-Novgorod Golf Course, Devine playing alongside Brusiloff, Sovietsky, Nastikoff, and Leo "The Mulligan" Tolstoy.
Each of these novelists played with a different lucky charm, these included a four-leaf clover, a rabbit's foot, a buckeye, a ruble coin, and a swizzle stick. Further, each contestant wore a distinctive article of apparel: one wore kneepants and one wore a tam o'shanter, another wore red suspenders (braces), one an argyle vest, and one wore saddle shoes.
Can you tell which author finished the tourney in what order, wearing what odd bit of apparel and carrying which lucky charm, from the eight clues given below?