Tuesday, June 25, 2019

2019 U.S. Senior Open at Notre Dame -- Stories

Took a lap around the worldwide web to see how the media and players are reacting to Notre Dame and its Warren Golf Course -- as the "first ever major golf championship played on a college campus" gets ready for its Thursday start...








Domer Dad Playing in 2019 U.S. Senior Open

Something I didn't know -- Kirk Triplett, who's won 16 professional golf tournaments -- just happens to be the father of Notre Dame alum; Conor Triplett '18.

Kirk won the PGA Champion Tour's Hoag Classic in March -- firing a (-10), winning in a playoff over Woddy Austin.  See his winning "eagle" below...

Here's a GolfWeek story about Kirk playing in this week's U.S. Senior Open at Notre Dame.


Monday, June 24, 2019

"Notre Dame Experience" -- U.S. Senior Open

Sunday, June 23, 2019

OT: Tornado Rips Through South Bend Tonight

This hit on the south side of South Bend around 9 PM this evening -- plenty of damage...  The photo above is from the Ireland Road area, where a kids day care facility was destroyed. The Ironwood Road area between Ireland and Lincoln Way was heavily damaged.

A Look Inside the Player's Locker Room...

Just click on photo to enlarge.
The 156 players scheduled to play in this week's 2019 U.S. Senior Open Championship began checking in to the locker room this weekend. 

The temporary locker room was constructed "over top" of the putting green -- inside Notre Dame Golf's indoor practice facility on the west end of Warren Golf Course's practice area.  Quite an engineering feat!

Every player has a locker -- if you're a past champion -- like Tom Watson -- your "full size" locker is located in a special row (along the back wall) of all of the former U.S. Senior Open Champions.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

U.S. Senior Open Merchandise On Sale...

The first ever major golf championship ever played on a college campus starts this Thursday at the University of Notre Dame's Warren Golf Course.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Notre Dame Football's Annual "Production" Day

The Fighting Irish gathered inside their locker room at Notre Dame Stadium today for their annual "production shoot."    This is the day they create all of the video board graphics for the 2019 football season.

That's defensive end Ovie Oghoufo in all GOLD for today's event...

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The USGA: From Pebble Beach to Notre Dame

Click on image above to enlarge -- a pano of Championship #18 for U.S. Senior Open.

A photo of the Practice Area -- 2019 U.S. Senior Open at Notre Dame. 

One of the almost 200 Lexus vehicles -- needed to host the U.S. Senior Open at Notre Dame.

A photo of Championship #12 for U.S. Senior Open.

Stopped by the site of the 2019 United States Senior Open -- which begins a week from today -- at the University of Notre Dame's Warren Golf Course.  This will be the very first time a major golf championship has taken place on a college campus!

The tournament will be televised by FOX.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Photos: Inside New Indoor Practice Facility

 View to the south end of facility.
 View to the north end of facility.
 View of video board and doors to practice fields.
View of the hard rubber surface that is laid down over the rock base.
Just "click" on this image to enlarge the pano view of facility.

Toured the new Notre Dame Football indoor practice facility this afternoon.  As you can see they're putting down the "hard rubber" layer over the gravel -- as they get ready to bring in the Field Turf next week.

The inside height of the facility is 85' -- driving by the facility I thought it would be easy to punt a ball and hit the ceiling.  Standing on the floor -- highly unlikely this will ever happen. I believe the indoor ceiling height is the highest in college football.

The Notre Dame Men's & Women's Soccer programs will also be using this facility.

The hope is we'll be ready to use this come August 1st.  The building is not air conditioned -- instead they have a system that recirculates the air.  I can tell you it was at least five degrees cooler inside than it was outside today and the "air machine" was not on.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Happy Father's Day to My Dad and All the Dad's

Here's my Dad back in 1956 when he was 19 years-old -- his second season as a center fielder with the Detroit Tigers.

I want to wish my DAD -- a Happy Father's Day -- thanks for showing me the ropes in so many areas.  I am very lucky that you're my Dad! 

It also doesn't hurt that he's a huge Notre Dame fan as well!!!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Kyle Rudolph's New Contract Moves Him to #4

Here's a look at the TOP 23 former Notre Dame athletes (football, basketball, baseball and hockey) who will be paid the most as a professional athlete:

  • Jeff Samardzija:  $127,625,000 -- guaranteed contract to 2021
  • Zack Martin:  $102,308,800 -- not guaranteed, contract to 2024 
  • A.J. Pollock:  $76,397,500 -- guaranteed contract to 2023 
  • Kyle Rudolph:  $74,173,950 -- not guaranteed, contract to 2024 
  • Golden Tate:  $71,478,749 -- not guaranteed, contract to 2022
  • Troy Murphy:  $66,000,000 
  • Stephon Tuitt:  $64,760,551 -- not guaranteed, contract to 2022
  • Harrison Smith:  $63,666,546 -- not guaranteed, contract to 2021
  • Brad Lidge:  $55,335,000
  • Bryant Young:  $44,000,000
  • Justin Tuck:  $43,248,463
  • John Sullivan:  $40,050,021 -- not guaranteed, contract to 2019
  • Jerome Bettis:  $35,122,500
  • Jeff Faine:  $34,456,892
  • Ronnie Stanley:  $33,354,331 -- guaranteed, contract to 2020
  • Kyle Palmieri:  $30,192,154 -- guaranteed, contract to 2021
  • Tim Brown:  $28,432,686
  • Matt Carroll:  $28,437,349
  • Joe Montana:  $26,000,000
  • Ian Cole:  $23,049,694 -- guaranteed, contract to 2021
  • David Phelps:  $19,233,850 -- guaranteed, contract to 2020
  • Michael Floyd:  $19,080,535 -- free agent
  • Rocket Ismail:  $18,000,000

The next big contract negotiation sits with Ronnie Stanley and the Ravens.  Baltimore just picked up Ronnie's "fifth year" option at $12,870,000 -- as they work on a new longer term deal.  STORY


Friday, June 7, 2019

Notre Dame's Nuguse Wins NCAA's 1500 M !!!

Yared's National Championship in the 1,500 meters is the first for Notre Dame since 1926 -- that's 93 years!!!