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June 26, 2014

Oh Good Greif: 'Dores make history with CWS win

CROSSVILLE — History was made at the College World Series in Omaha, NE, this week, as the Vanderbilt Commodores baseball team won the school's  first national championship in any sport since the Vandy women's bowling team won the 2007 national crown.

The 'Dores won the third game of the best two-out-of-three series Wednesday night  3-2 over the Virginia Cavaliers. Vandy defeated  Virginia  9-8 Monday night in the first game of the series, but lost 7-2 in the second game Tuesday night forcing the third and deciding game Wednesday night.

John Norwood's eighth-inning home run was the game-winning blow for the Commodores.

Virginia went into the CWS with national championships in men's soccer (6), men's lacross (5), women's lacrosse (3), women's cross country (2), women's rowing (2), men's tennis (1) and men's boxing (1), for a total of 20.

Vanderbilt basketball coach Kevin Stallings has joined Joe Fisher in the radio booth to do the games. His basketball team should be better this season.

Vanderbilt's championship is good for the SEC and should carry over into the new school year for the Commodore athletic teams.

My former colleague Jim Butler is probably still celebrating this victory.

Also, the Cumberland University Bulldog baseball team won its third NAIA National Championship this year. Congratulations to Coach Woody Hunt and his team.

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The TSSAA dead period is now under way through July 5 for its member schools.

The first day of golf practice is July 7, with the first practice for cross country, football, girls soccer and volleyball July 28.

Golf matches can begin July 21, while cross country, soccer and volleyball contests may begin Aug. 18. Zero week games for football are Aug. 22.

Here are the new two-a-day practice regulations for football:

1. Practice time in pads may not exceed three hours in a single practice.

2. If there are multiple practices in pads on a single day, the total practice time in pads may not exceed five hours, with practices separated by at least three hours of rest in a cool environment.

3. No student shall participate in multiple practices in pads on consecutive days.

A practice is considered a practice in pads if helmets and should pads are worn at any time during the practice. A practice would also be considered a practice in pads if helmets and pants with hip, thigh and knee pads are worn.

If the weather postpones a practice in pads, the practice may resume after conditions are deemed safe and the remainder of the allotted practice time may be completed.

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The golf world will be watching intently this weekend as Tiger Woods makes his return in the Quicken Loans National golf tournament (formerly the AT&T) at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MD. The tournament benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation.

With Woods' return, the TV ratings should be better, as they were down for both the Masters and U.S. Open at Pinehurst, which hosted both the men's and women's national tournaments.

Speaking of Pinehurst, I attended a golf camp there in 1967 and 1968 with a dozen or so others. We walked every morning for three weeks to the Pinehurst Country Club for a morning lesson and an afternoon round on the five courses, including the famed No. 2 course. There are now eight courses in Pinehurst. How time has changed. We also had a weekly rules lesson from the staff and had to take a written test at the end of camp.

The late Lionel Calloway, who created the Calloway handicap system, was the head professional, while the late Pete Tufts was the camp organizer.

With Michelle Wie's victory in the Women's U.S. Open last weekend, the LPGA got a real boost, along with some outstanding play by Stacy Lewis, Paula Creamer and the other Americans in the field.

Mo Martin, Jennifer Johnson and Brooke Pancake are playing on the LPGA Tour, after playing in Golf Capital of Tennessee Women's State Open during its stint at both Bear Trace Cumberland Mountain (2004-'08) and Stonehenge Golf Club (2009-present).

The Golf Capital of Tennessee Women's State Open is slowly gaining entrants for its 16th tournament to be played at Stonehenge Golf Club July 31-Aug. 2, which is a week later than normal. Patrons are welcomed to go to Stonehenge and watch the action. There have been large crowds around the 18th green on the final day of the tournament. Patrons even watched the action from their boats on the lake at the 14th green and 15th fairway.

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Ed Greif is the Chronicle sports editor and his column appears periodically.)

 

 

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