I'm sitting in the office Friday afternoon watching the video of poor Chris Mory letting his match get away this morning in the Michigan Amateur Championship being played at the Moors in Portage. Chris, who just graduated from Haslett High School and will play at Michigan State next fall, hit a ball in the water off the tee on 18 and lost that hole when he had a one up lead. On the first play off hole, he his a wedge over the green and made bogey and was knocked out. He didn't appear to be too happy and who can blame him? Ovid's Nathan Gunthorpe, who just graduated as a student at MSU, also was knocked out in his afternoon match meaning he advanced to the round of eight before getting eliminated.
Earlier this week, I followed high school boys and girls playing in the Meijer's summer tour event at Forest Akers West. The scores were all high because of the winds. And Akers West is easily the second toughest course in the area behind Eagle Eye. Anyone with ability can play well one day and the next day they wonder whether it's worth ever playing again.
No night games for MSU home football this fall. That word to me today from MSU athletic director Mark Hollis. There are seven home games on the schedule. The first road game at California, August 30, starts at 5pm west coast time, 8pm Michigan time. And the first Big Ten road game, September 27th at Indiana, will be played on a brand new field. The IU stadium was heavily damaged by storm flooding back on June 7th. Indiana is desperately trying to replace its field in time for its home opener on August 30th against Western Kentucky.
The 125th anniversary of sports at MSU's Old College Field will be observed next spring. The thee fields for soccer, softball and baseball will all substantially be upgraded by then. Baseball's Kobs Field stands will be done, seating 2,500. More money is needed to be raised for lights to go in, hopefully in time for the 2010 season.