“Let them eat cake…” MSU golfers are not elite, yet.
May 22nd, 2017 by JustABum

After the second round Coach Stolls was quoted as saying, “Well, perhaps Ms. McFly will have cake waiting for us when we return to East Lansing…”

The second round performance of the Lady Spartan Golf team was not among the elite. The Spartan Gals play suggest there’s no match play, no cake in MSU’s future or when they return to E.L. on Tuesday. Our Spartans dealt with similar conditions as the first round, excluding warmer weather and no rain, only to shot their same score (+29) as the first round. Thank goodness the Lady Skunk Bears also didn’t managed to improve upon their first round score and are within striking distance at four shots, if that’s any consolation.

What made MSUs second round such a dismal performance was the rest of the fields’ improved play. Most teams outside the top five shot ten to 15 strokes better than Friday’s round. The traditional dominant Southern and West Coast programs took advantage of the slightly better conditions and familiarity of Harvest Links to move up the score board… except teams who are MSU’s playing partners – Clemson and Oregon advanced a few places but trail MSU – Clemson by just one stroke and Oregon by more than I can count. It appears the leaders, the purple kitties, (USMC TM), have played more than a few practice rounds on this course to lead the stroke play by a large margin of eight shots. NORTHWESTERN, SMH!

On a separate note, the best individual player scores included an Irish golfer Leona Maguire (Duke) from County Cavan. Olivia Mehaffey is a Northern Irish golfer who played in the 2014 Irish Women’s Close at my club, Enniscrone, where Olivia beat a friend of mine, Sarah Helly, in the quarter finals. Mehaffey is a long ball hitter who’s short game was a bit inconsistent and that may be reflected in here scores of 79 & 80 (T66).  Harvest Links is set up at 6,350 yards, a normal length for the ladies. What makes the venue tough are tight fairways,  trees and wind making accuracy off the tee and a short game a premium that exposes Olivia’s short comings.

Did our gals find starting on the more difficult back nine Sunday tough a footing to climb up the leaderboard, or was the pairing with two other day one victims uninspiring?  Can our Spartans improve their performance today, or will this NCAA final be a reminder of what could have been? I certainly hope these gals don’t return home in their golf bags.

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24 Responses  
  • JustABum writes:
    May 22nd, 20177:48 amat

    The pairings for todays round have changed. The threeballs for toadies groupings are MSU, Dukie and the Lady rodents of um. So far, so good. Starting on the difficult back nine for the second day in a row has been good for MSU. Both Duke and um are over par and MSU is even.

  • USMC Retired writes:
    May 22nd, 201711:25 amat

    Yea, no. They are many back of the #8 spot and trail Paris by 6 with 3 to play

  • 79 Spartan writes:
    May 22nd, 20173:01 pmat

    Heading to Kauai for the wedding of my first cousin once removed. Means a late swimming pool opening, but hey, it is Hawaii. I’ll try to check in from time to time.

    • Kindle writes:
      May 22nd, 20175:24 pmat

      Have a great trip G.

    • USMC Retired writes:
      May 23rd, 20174:36 amat

      Lahina was one of the great little towns in America (’80’s)

  • JustABum writes:
    May 23rd, 20171:40 amat

    MSU’s 19th place finish at the NCAA ain’t bad considering two gals are freshman – Paz & Geer. Sharp and Markley are sophomore and a junior, respectively. The young team bodes well for the future. We live in hope. Overall, a good year for a very young team.

    • USMC Retired writes:
      May 23rd, 20174:40 amat

      I think the adversity of this Tourney will serve them very well, considering the Team that won their regionals fell short, too. All the Spartans IMPROVED their scores each round

    • 89 Chemistry writes:
      May 23rd, 201711:03 amat

      Sarah Burnham — who finished 24th overall — is also a junior. (She finished 45th in this event last year.)

      Since MSU was the lowest-ranked team to make it into this Tournament, 19th place is not devastating to me. Among the teams with which MSU seemed to be paired — Oregon & Clemson — the Spartans did best.

      In a field of 132, no Spartan placed worse than 116th. That is better than one of the individual qualifiers — and better than the worst Gulo. Go Green.

  • 89 Chemistry writes:
    May 23rd, 201711:23 amat

    The external investigation into MSU Football Title IX compliance — set into motion on February 2 — has been completed in accordance with a statutory deadline. MSU has limited its comments, citing privacy laws. It has stated that no student has been expelled from the University.

    Other sources do not need to be so coy:

    In short:
    * There is a process that could conceivably have ended, but has not ended yet. We know this because accusers are required by law to be notified if further steps in the process are forthcoming — and that there is apparently no gag order on an accuser’s attorney in this case.

    * There are two ongoing investigations. One, by an outside legal team hired by MSU, began February 10. The other, by the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office, began March 14. I infer from this that the latter might not be wrapped up before the end of June.

    (Recall also that MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon announced in April that an independent “top to bottom” review of MSU Athletics Title IX compliance will start this fall.)

    • ATLSpartan writes:
      May 23rd, 201712:28 pmat

      Read the article twice when the notification hit my phone. As far as I can decipher it tells us nothing.

  • 89 Chemistry writes:
    May 23rd, 201711:29 amat
  • 89 Chemistry writes:
    May 23rd, 20174:55 pmat

    * MSU Baseball: One honored for last week —
    — and five for the season —

    * It is MSU Week here:
    I have not yet looked at the articles, but do anticipate that Kraszewski — as a Spartan — will at least be fair.

    A few fans of other schools — having seen their teams beaten by Dantonio a few times — are apt to give MSU more benefit of doubt than me at this point. And the latest piece’s call for beer — “Lots of it” — should be somewhat appealing. (Or at least should talk about beer — which is good enough for me…)

    Be warned, though, that there will be some sharp vulgarity in some of the articles. There will be considerable negativity in most of the Comments sections. And there will be a designated Hate piece on Friday; those with less than a thick skin will want to avoid it.

    • USMC Retired writes:
      May 23rd, 20175:45 pmat

      Of note or importance is that of the 5 honored with All B1G Ten selection, only 1 is a Senior. Troupe being a pitcher may choose to leave early, but I think the others will stay and form a great nucleus for next season

  • Kindle writes:
    May 23rd, 201710:16 pmat

    Driving over to Petoskey this afternoon to meet friends for dinner, I thought I heard a familiar strain on the almost muted radio ~~ as Cindy and I carried on an intermittent chatter….I reached to turn it up and as the words in the second line arose in the audio we heard “makes me feel sad for the rest.” Cindy and I stopped talking. I turned it up further, backed off the speedometer, and excitedly whispered, “The Spy Who Loved Me!”

    It was pure Carly Simon and pure nostalgia.

    I had heard the other sad news out of England a bit earlier, which was, of course overshadowed by the Manchester tragedy.

    Sir Roger Moore, The Saint; 007; dead at age 89.

    “Sir Roger Moore, who has died aged 89, considered himself to be only the fourth best actor to have played Ian Fleming’s secret-service agent James Bond on screen: in his estimation, he came in behind Daniel Craig (whom he called “the Bond”), Sean Connery and George Lazenby. Though Moore was rarely regarded as the best or most definitive Bond, his inimitable humour and panache made him many viewers’ favourite. His tally of seven films – beginning with Live and Let Die (1973) and ending with A View to a Kill (1985) – equalled that of Connery, though Moore occupied the role for a longer consecutive period. He was eloquent on the distinction between their portrayals. “Sean played Bond as a killer and I played Bond as a lover,” he said. Only on Fridays did he resemble a cold-blooded mercenary: “That’s the day I received my paychecks.”

    He was the epitome of the suave English gent, quipping sweatlessly in a bespoke three-piece suit, who enjoyed an acting career spanning eight decades. On Tuesday, Roger Moore’s children announced his death at the age of 89 in Switzerland, saying: “he passed away today … after a short but brave battle with cancer”.
    Moore was best known for playing the third incarnation of James Bond as well as his roles in hit shows The Saint and The Persuaders. He also devoted a lot of his time to humanitarian work, becoming a Unicef goodwill ambassador in 1991.

    The actor was born in London in 1927 and, after working as a model in the early 50s, he signed a seven-year contract with MGM. His early movies weren’t particularly memorable, from Interrupted Melody to The King’s Thief, and it was a move to the small screen that brought Moore his first taste of success.

    “During my early acting years I was told that to succeed you needed personality, talent and luck in equal measure,” Moore said to the Guardian in 2014. “I contest that. For me it’s been 99% luck. It’s no good being talented and not being in the right place at the right time.”

    His first break in TV came in romantic adventure Ivanhoe which was the start of a set of hit shows for Moore, including western Maverick and crime shows The Saint and The Persuaders. The success of The Saint gave Moore an opening in Hollywood yet the resulting spy movies failed to ignite the box office.
    Moore had been approached to play the character of James Bond but scheduling conflicts with his television roles meant that he was never available. When Connery had stepped down from the role for good, Moore was asked again and made his first Bond film in 1973, the well-received Live and Let Die. He went onto star in another six films as 007 over a period of 12 years, making him the longest running actor in the role. When he finally retired from the role in 1985, he was 58.

    “Being eternally known as Bond has no downside,” Moore told the Guardian. “People often call me ‘Mr Bond’ when we’re out and I don’t mind a bit. Why would I?”
    After handing over the reins to Timothy Dalton, Moore took a break from the spotlight and didn’t make another film until 1990. From then on, his acting work became sparse, including small roles in Spice World and Boat Trip.

    In 1999, Moore was awarded a CBE which then became a knighthood in 2003, given to him for his charity work. Moore’s decision to become a Unicef goodwill ambassador was actually based on his friendship with Audrey Hepburn, who had also worked with the same charity.

    “The knighthood for my humanitarian work meant more than if it had been for my acting,” Moore said to the Guardian. “I’m sure some people would say, “What does an actor know about world issues?” But [working for Unicef] I’ve become an expert on things from the causes of dwarfism to the benefits of breastfeeding. I feel very privileged.”
    Moore also wrote two books about his time as Bond as well as two autobiographies, the most recent of which was 2014’s Last Man Standing. When asked by Time in 2012 who his favourite Bond was, he changed his mind from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig.

    “You can either grow old gracefully or begrudgingly,” he said to GQ in 2008. “I chose both.”

    Moore is survived by his wife, Kristina Tholstrup, and three children.

    • JustABum writes:
      May 24th, 20174:26 amat

      Kindle, Sir Roger’s passing is most certainly overshadowed by the Manchester bombing. Many in Ireland have relations in Manchester and throughout England. The media and chat among acquaintances are appalled at children being targeted. Moore was really well liked for his manyTV roles by guys in Ireland.

  • 89 Chemistry writes:
    May 24th, 201712:14 pmat

    “OL Brian Allen (1st team), RB LJ Scott (2nd team) & LB Chris Frey (3rd team) have been named to the @AthlonSports Preseason All-B1G Team.”

    * The south end zone addition will be ready for the 2017 season — not 2018 as originally projected. More bathrooms are rumored 🙂

    * Do you like wheat ale? You do now:

    * There is one sport with unfinished business for the academic year. Here is the short version of MSU’s Track and Field NCAA Preliminary Round release:
    It has links to much more information; a live results page; and streaming sites for each day. Go Green!

  • JustABum writes:
    May 24th, 20171:25 pmat

    NCAA Women’s finals match features B1G NW versus ASU.

    Olivia Mehaffey is undefeated in match play, so my commenting is surely the kiss of death and NW will win.

    • USMC Retired writes:
      May 24th, 20176:37 pmat

      Olivia stated unbeaten and Tamed Felines of the North were not victorious

      • JustABum writes:
        May 25th, 20179:11 amat

        My prediction, go figure.

        Mehaffey hits hits fairways and greens when on, which wears down opponents. She was favoured to win the 2015 Irish Women’s Close at Rosapenna according to the Irish Ladies Golfing Union and the media talking heads of Irish golf. She lost to Sarah Helly who is a deserving young lady. Wind and not ideal conditions made me think Leona Maguire of Duke and Maheffey would do very well. You learn how to keep your equipment dry and not let rough conditions get between your ears over here.

  • Ben Green writes:
    May 25th, 20175:20 amat

    I would love to try the wheat ale honoring Mike Sadler referenced above by 89 Chem. Too bad the limited first and perhaps only batch will not be available outside of Colorado. It would undoubtedly sell well in Michigan and very well in EL. Although, there are evidently early discussions of potentially doing a Michigan run if there is interest. Hell yes there’s interest! Great name for the beer: “Hey Diddle Diddle”, named after the fake punt, “Hey Diddle Diddle, Send Sadler Up the Middle”.

    “After his death, the family established the Mike Sadler Foundation, which the beer release event will benefit. And for every Hey Diddle Diddle sold until it runs out — not just on June 2 — Jagged Mountain will donate $1 to the foundation.”

    • Ben Green writes:
      May 25th, 20176:00 amat

      For those of us who would like the Mike Sadler tribute beer, “Hey Diddle Diddle”, available in Michigan we can appeal to Jagged Mountain brewery. I’m emailing them now. I hope you do too.


      • USMC Retired writes:
        May 25th, 20176:50 amat

        Done and done

  • USMC Retired writes:
    May 25th, 20179:03 amat

    Tigers won, but still padded their stats giving up 4 walks and a HR

    Tonight JV goes and he’s never lost to the Astros, BUT the opposing pitcher OWNS most of the Tiger hitters, so he has to be sharp

  • USMC Retired writes:
    May 25th, 201712:03 pmat

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