Random Thoughts: An NU Kind of Town?

The fans cheering for Luke Donald at the PGA brought home to daCoach, the idea that Chicago just might become an NU kind of town.

Saturday afternoon, my Father, the avid golfer, said, "Your friend Luke Donald is doing pretty good at the PGA"
Once again, I had to remind dad that I don't actually know Luke. While we are both Northwestern alums, I mainly follow his play around the world by passing on links to stories as part of The NU Sports News Digest, but I digress.

At 87, Dad still plays golf about 5 days a week - the game that I abandoned back in the late 60's for lack of talent.. [At least his grandchildren all still chase the white ball around the course.]

Anyway, those who think Chicago is again becoming a Notre Dame town, need to rethink the concept

The last two National Championships won in the Chicago area were won by Northwestern - for Women's Lacrosse. Our Lacrosse coach has honored both baseball parks with an appearance.

Our "Diamond Girls" finished 2nd in the College Softball World Series, knocking off a pretty good Chicago team on the way. In Football, the "local kid making good" is NU's new Head Coach, Pat Fitzgerald.

Arguably our best local player on the roundball court during the Carmody era was from Chicago - Jitim Young.

Luke was a golf phenom at Northwestern, and after graduation stayed in Chicago. He still lives near NU - NU Golf coach Pat Goss is still one of his mentors.

So, at the PGA, out at Medina, you heard the "Luuuuke" calls, the fans yelling "Go Wildcats." The only thing missing was "Go U Northwestern" after the final round on Saturday and Donald decked out in NU Purple on Sunday.

Tiger Woods always wears Cardinal red on the final day of a tournament. I guess it reminds him of his glory days at Stanford before he bolted for the PGA. Folks also forget that wearing NU Purple, Luke Donald broke Tiger's low scoring record, winning the Golfstat Cup.

Saturday night, on one of the NU sports lists, one poster suggested that Luke should wear Purple Sunday. I reminded him that Luke hasn't played well on Sunday wearing his old NU colors.  Now we know wearing Stanford red doesn't work either.

The point of all this is NU Alum Luke Donald will continue to play and contend for a major. He's come close to winning the Masters, and now the PGA. You just know he's eventually going to put 4 great rounds together and wind up with a green jacket, the Claret Cup or that 27 pound PGA trophy some day.

The fan reaction in at last weekend's tournament also suggests that the sports fans in the "toddling town" just might also be toddling more towards the north and NU.

Former Wildcat Luke Donald plays a lot of PGA tournaments around Chicago, eventually he's going to win another one in his own backyard.

I just hope he wins it wearing Purple.
-- da Coach

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