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August 7, 2013 – Things I Found Interesting (And So Should You)

Aug 7, 2013, 10:26 AM EDT

Former Notre Dame golfer Max Scodro fired an opening-round 66 to lead the PGA Tour - Canada event

As the PGA Championship approaches for golfers around the world, current and former Notre Dame golfers were front and center in the golfing scene the past few days. Current Irish women’s golfer Talia Campbell participated in the U.S. Women’s Amateur and alums Max Scodro and Mark Baldwin participated in the PGA Tour – Canada event and the Manchester Open, respectively. You can find more on how these golfers did below.

Before we get going, the University of Notre Dame softball team will host a pair of exhibition games Sunday, Sept. 29th at Melissa Cook Stadium, with proceeds benefitting the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team.  The Irish will face the Wounded Warriors to open the afternoon, with first pitch set for noon (ET). The game is one of Notre Dame’s annual fall contests at Melissa Cook Stadium, and will coincide with the program’s alumni weekend events. For more information on the fundraiser, contact the Notre Dame softball office at (574) 631-3750 and follow the Irish on Twitter (@NDSoftball and @NDcoachGumpf)

We have had a large amount of original content going out on the blogosphere in the past week – catch up with the links below.

Kory’s Off-Campus Practice Thoughts – Takeaways (Strong & True)
Not Your Father’s Uniforms (Strong & True)
Kory’s Off-Campus Practice Thoughts – Team Building (Strong & True)
Media Musings – Five Things I Am Still Wondering (Strong & True)
Way Back Wednesday – Moose’s Congressional Photo (Irish UNDerground)
Knight Plays In The Motherland (In The Paint)
Abro’s MBA To NBA Journey (In The Paint)
A Month Of Notre Dame: Counting Down To Football (Strong & True)

Also remember to keep up with “A Month of Notre Dame: Counting Down To Football” (Link) … this piece gives you something to either do that is Notre Dame centric or watch a former Irish student-athlete playing in a national/international tournament or league. Today you should be watching the Montreal Impact take on the San Jose Earthquakes in MLS action. This match pits two of Notre Dame’s top MLS talents, Justin Morrow (San Jose) and Jeb Brovsky (Montreal).

Friday’s trivia question (There are two Notre Dame men’s basketball players who have scored 1,000 points and dropped 600 assists. Name them.) was not answered correctly for multiple days before finally receiving a correct answer yesterday. The first person to answer it correctly did so via email and wishes to remain nameless due to the fact she fears people will begin to believe that she doesn’t work throughout the entire day. Nonetheless, the answer was Tory Jackson and Chris Thomas.

Remember, each day a new Notre Dame-related trivia question will be found at the bottom of “Things I Found Interesting” … we have begun to accumulate prizes so we can give them away for correct answers as we inch closer to the beginning of the school year, but until then “shout outs” will have to do. To answer the question, simply tweet at @NDSportsBlogger with the correct (or incorrect) answer … don’t worry, I’ll let you know if you are right.

Now, what did we miss…

    1. 1. Men’s Golf – Scodro Takes Opening-Round Lead (
      After a prolific career at Notre Dame, Max Scodro took his two BIG EAST medalist wins on the road to begin his professional golfing career. A full-time member on both the PGA Tour – Canada and PGA Tour – Latin America, Scodro has had a rough time stringing together solid rounds to make the cut. After an opening round 66 yesterday at the ATB Financial Classic on the PGA Tour – Canada, Scodro is in a great spot to not only make his first cut on the tour, but also tally the top finish of all-time for a Notre Dame alum in a PGA Tour sanctioned event. You can follow along with Max’s round today here.
    2. 2. Men’s Golf – Baldwin Wins Manchester Open (LINK-The Courant)
      Mark Baldwin, a former BIG EAST men’s golf medalist, is making waves in the golfing world after winning the Manchester Open with a four-under par 68, winning by a stroke. You may not think that the $4,000 first-place check is a lot in the golfing world, but remember Baldwin only had to play one round to secure the payout. This is a great springboard for the rest of the season for Baldwin who plans on playing in the Providence Open this week before finishing out the remainder of the PGA Tour – Canada slate. For full disclosure: Baldwin played so well the first 17 holes that a triple-bogey on the 18th hole still gave him the outright victory. Click the link above to learn more about Baldwin’s win.


      1. 3. Women’s Golf – Campbell Just Misses Out On Match Play (
        After an opening-round 80 (+9) in the United States Women’s Amateur Championship, Notre Dame women’s golfer Talia Campbell knew she had to take some chances in the second (and final) stroke play round before cuts were made for match-play seeding. Campbell started hot, birdieing four of her first eight holes and stepped to the ninth hole at the Country Club of Charleston at two-under par. A few errant shots on the ninth hole ended up doing her in as she doubled the ninth to make the turn in +9 for the tournament. She would shoot even par on the inward nine, carding a two-day total of 151 after an even-par 71 on the second day. Unfortunately, she would miss getting in the playoff for the final match play spots by one stroke. To read more on Campbell’s tournament click the link above.
      1. 4. Women’s Basketball – #EuroTrip 2013 (
        For the past few years, the Notre Dame women’s basketball program has had a wildly successful promotion at its home games where fans at Purcell Pavilion can receive a coupon for a free Big Mac if the Fighting Irish score 88 points in a game. So it came as absolutely no surprise that even in the land of fish & chips and bangers & mash, Notre Dame found the Golden Arches figuring prominently in another Fighting Irish victory. Sophomore guard (and 2012 McDonald’s High School All-American) Michaela Mabrey scored a game-high 24 points, including a sizzling 6-of-12 from the three-point line, while a pair of 2013 McDonald’s High School All-Americans added double-doubles — freshman forward Taya Reimer with 16 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, and freshman guard Lindsay Allen with 16 points and a game-best 12 assists — as Notre Dame routed the reigning English Basketball League runner-up Barking Abbey, 101-54 on Tuesday night at Barking Abbey School in the London suburb of Barking, England, in the first of three exhibition games for the Fighting Irish on their 2013 European tour.

            1. 5. Football – Training Camp: Day Two (
              The University of Notre Dame football team returned to the field Tuesday for its second practice of the 2013 season. The Irish conducted a workout in helmets under overcast, yet extremely pleasant conditions at the Shiloh Park Camp Retreat and Conference Center. To read more on the team-building activities the football team participated in yesterday or how practice went, click the link above.


If you have more time to kill at work, read this other great article:

Williams Makes Strides On 49ers D-Line (Houston Chronicle) – Former Irish football star Ian Williams is making his mark and finding reps along the San Francisco 49ers defensive front.

Former Irish Icer Signs In Sweden ( – Former ND hockey player Tim Wallace is on his way to Sweden after accepting a deal to play there next season.

History Lesson: 1949 Championship Squad ( – The historians at bring you another great lesson on the past of Notre Dame football.

2013 Top-25 Notre Dame Football Players: #19 Greg Bryant ( – continues its countdown of profiling Notre Dame players.


Tweet That Made Me Chuckle…

If you divide that number by 107 players that is only 19.6 wings per player … weak …

Notre Dame Video Of The Day

Coach Brey’s Coaches vs. Cancer event on Monday at Blackthorn Golf Course in South Bend, Ind., was a great event. It brought some of the Notre Dame greats back to the area like Pat Garrity, Chris Thomas, Chris Quinn, Matt Carroll and David Graves.


Today’s Trivia:

With NFL training camps underway I will be firing off some NFL/ND related questions

What current NFL quarterback and former Irish signal caller was the last Notre Dame quarterback to win the Maxwell Award (top college football player in the nation)?

You will find the answer in Thursday’s ‘Things I Found Interesting (And So Should You) … if the question is answered correctly…

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