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U.S. Open Five-Spot Challenge presented by Game Golf: Results

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Martin Kaymer ran away with the U.S. Open this weekend thanks to a pair of 65s on Thursday and Friday. The calm and focused German cruised to an eight-shot win while everyone around him struggled. In similar fashion, eeyore201285 blew away the field to win our U.S. Open Five-Spot Challenge and a GAME GOLF system from GAME GOLF.Game Golf

She was one of two contestants (along with MikeLongJr88) to correctly predict that the lowest score among Jim Furyk, Graeme McDowell, and Lee Westwood after Round 1 would be two-under. Even more impressive, she was the only contestant to correctly predict that Westwood would miss the cut, and she hit his two-round score right on the number at 148. G0lfdell finished second in our contest with a total deviation of 153, while John Pinola Jr rounded out the top three with a score of 156.

@AaronEllis10 was the only contestant to correctly predict the total combined birdies for Furyk, McDowell, and Westwood for the entire tournament (27). Meuuuuuny and orenciaro were each one away. Saupe07 was the closest, just one away, to Furyk’s total fairways and greens in regulation hit (90), while sirbarksalot was right on with his prediction of 122 total putts for McDowell.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this challenge. The results are below. Check back for more chances to win in the future, and make sure to keep following GAME GOLF (@gameyourgame) for news and updates about this fantastic game-changing product. Remember, it is now allowable under the rules of golf to be used in competition.

U.S. Open Five-Spot Challenge Results
Place Name Points
1 eeyore201285 91
2 G0lfdell 153
3 John Pinola Jr 156
4 TheChamp 158
5 sirbarksalot 159
@AaronEllis10 159
7 stevenip4 163
brettbarkelar 163
9 hbarkel 168
10 MikeLongJr88 170
11 KevinMorin1 171
12 Sherwood 176
13 beastplayers88 177
14 CadebM 179
Saupe07 179
16 wrightkristy 185
17 eyherbert 186
18 Aaron Kane 182
Daithi Kelly 182
20 torrejuan 195
21 Stang 196
todd3pc 196
23 AMPY 199
LadyDaisy 199
25 Rizzaka 201
26 218
27 Meuuuuuny 220
28 Mmaynard11 221
29 orenciaro 227

Related: Using GAME GOLF, provided an interesting comparison of how the pros played Pinehurst No. 2 on Thursday and Friday to how amateurs played it earlier this year.

U.S. Open Five-Spot Challenge presented by Game Golf

Friday, June 6th, 2014

The 114th U.S. Open Championship tees off next Thursday on the Donald Ross masterpiece, Pinehurst No. 2 in Pinehurst, N.C. To mark the occasion, and to celebrate Father’s Day weekend, we have teamed up with the makers of one of the hottest golf gadgets on the market — Game Golf.Game Golf

For those who have participated in our Five-Spot Challenge during football or basketball season, you already know how the contest works. It’s the same, except with questions related to the U.S. Open. For those who haven’t, the rules are below. But before reading the rules, you should know the prize. The fine folks at Game Golf are giving a Game Golf system, which retails at $249, to the winner.

What is Game Golf?

Game Golf is a digital tracking system that tracks your stats throughout your round and allows you to view them on your computer or mobile device, share via Facebook and Twitter, and compare over time or with your friends. It uses GPS to measure the distance and location of each and every shot, allowing you to take your game, and how you track it, to the next level.

In addition, it was announced this week that the product has been officially approved as “Allowable under The Rules of Golf,” which means it can now be used in competition and many high school and college coaches are already looking to implement Game Golf.

Here’s the official link to the announcement:

Contest rules:

1. Below are five questions and a tiebreaker that have to do with Game Golf sponsored players, Jim Furyk, Graeme McDowell, and Lee Westwood. Answer each question and the results from each answer will be totaled. The contestant with the lowest deviation to the actual results is the winner.

1a. Example: If the question is, “What will be Jim Furyk’s four-round total” and you answer 288, but his total is 270, your deviation for that question will be 18. Your total from all five questions will be added together and the contestant with the lowest total deviation wins.

2. For this contest, you must follow Game Golf (@gameyourgame) on Twitter in order to be eligible for the prize. You will be asked to enter your Twitter handle in the entry form below so we can ensure that you did, in fact, follow Game Golf.

3. Only one entry allowed per Twitter account.

4. Entries will be accepted from the moment this contest is posted until the first tee time of the first round on Thursday, June 12 (6:45 a.m. Eastern time).

Final round 77 ends O’Neill’s season

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

O'Neill round 3(Scott Walstrom, NIU Media)

Michigan men’s golfer Chris O’Neill shot a 77 in the final round of the NCAA Regional on Saturday at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. The five-over round ended his season as Kent State’s Taylor Pendrith captured the low individual spot from non-advancing teams in next weekend’s NCAA Final.

O’Neill began the day tied with Pendrith at four-over through two rounds, but recorded back-to-back double-bogeys on holes 13 and 14 and a bogey on 18 to shoot a first nine 41. He strung together nine straight pars on his second nine. Pendrith, meanwhile, shot a two-under, 70 to advance. O’Neill finished tied for 20th overall and seventh among individuals not on the low five teams.

Illinois won the team competition by two strokes over Alabama-Birmingham, while Purdue, Southern California, and California advanced as well. Illinois’ Brian Campbell took home medalist honors with a three-round score of five-under, beating USC’s Anthony Paolucci by four strokes.

O’Neill finishes his sophomore campaign with a scoring average of 73.02, which ranks among the top 10 in program history.

Chris O’Neill’s Round 3 Scorecard
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Par 4 5 3 4 3 4 5 4 4 36 4 5 4 3 4 4 3 5 4 36 72
Score 4 5 3 4 3 4 5 4 4 36 4 5 4 5 6 4 3 5 5 41 77

O’Neill fires 71 in second round of NCAA Regional

Friday, May 16th, 2014

O'Neill round 2(Scott Walstrom, NIU Media)

After opening with a 77 on Thursday, Michigan men’s golfer Chris O’Neill bounced back with a 71 in Friday’s second round of the NCAA Regional men’s golf tournament at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.

The one-under round vaulted O’Neill from 28th place overall to 14th and widened his lead among individuals.

Individual Standings
Place Player Team Round 1 Round 2 Total
1 Chris O’Neill Michigan 77 71 148
2 Danny Pizetoski Richmond 78 77 155
3 Niall Platt Notre Dame 80 77 157
4 Rob van de Vin IUPUI 83 75 158
5 Juan Veloza Towson 81 86 167

Starting on the back nine, O’Neill birdied two of his first three holes and didn’t record a bogey until after the turn. He bogeyed his 10th hole of the day, but responded with a birdie on the next hole. He then strung together six straight pars before closing his round with a bogey on the ninth.

He was one of just eight competitors to break par in Friday’s cold and wet conditions. Brian Campbell of Illinois is the only one in the field under par through two rounds after following up a 69 on Thursday with a 70 on Friday. The team competition appears to be a two-team race between Alabama-Birmingham and Illinois, with UAB holding a one stroke lead. Michigan doesn’t have a team competing.

The regional continues with the final round on Saturday. O’Neill tees off at 10:04 a.m. from the 10th tee. If he finishes as the low individual not on one of the low five teams, O’Neill will advance to next weekend’s NCAA Finals at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas.

O’Neill entered the Sugar Grove Regional ranked as the No. 2 individual not on a team behind Notre Dame’s Niall Platt, who currently trails O’Neill by nine strokes.

Stay tuned to Maize and Go Blue for continued updates on O’Neill’s march towards the NCAA Final.

Chris O’Neill’s Round 2 Scorecard
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Par 4 5 3 4 3 4 5 4 4 36 4 5 4 3 4 4 3 5 4 36 72
Score 5 4 3 4 3 4 5 4 5 37 4 4 3 3 4 4 3 5 4 34 71

O’Neill opens NCAA Regional with 77

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Chris O'Neill round 1(Scott Walstrom, NIU Media)

Michigan men’s golfer Chris O’Neill shot a 77 in the opening round of the NCAA Regional men’s golf tournament on Thursday at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.

The sophomore from Glen Allen, Va. currently sits in a tie for 28th among all competitors in the regional, but leads the five individuals. The regional is made up of 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams. The top five teams and the top individual after 54 holes will advance to the finals at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas next weekend.

Individual Standings
Place Player Team Round 1
1 Chris O’Neill Michigan 77
2 Danny Pizetoski Richmond 78
3 Niall Platt Notre Dame 80
4 Juan Veloza Towson 81
5 Rob van de Vin IUPUI 83

In his opening round, O’Neill birdied his second hole before recording three straight bogeys, but rebounded with another birdie on six. He closed the first nine with three pars to go out in 37. On the second nine, he again bogeyed three straight, this time on 11, 12, and 13, and added another on 18 to come in with a 40.

Only three participants broke par on Thursday, led by Brian Campbell of Illinois, who shot a three-under 69. Taylor Pendrith of Kent State and Pablo Torres of Jacksonville State each shot 70.

The regional will continue today with the second of three rounds, though the starting times have been delayed two-and-a-half hours due to inclement weather. O’Neill was scheduled to tee off at 10:34 a.m., but will now go off at 1:04 p.m. from the 10th tee.

O’Neill was a three-time Big Ten Golfer of the Week this season, leading the Wolverines in seven of 11 events. He finished in the top five three times and in the top 20 four times, winning the Windon Memorial in September. He tied for 24th at the Big Ten Championships and finished the regular season with a scoring average of 72.84 per 18 holes and 217.11 per 54-hole tournament.

Stay tuned to Maize and Go Blue for continued updates on O’Neill’s march towards the NCAA championships.

Chris O’Neill’s Round 1 Scorecard
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Par 4 5 3 4 3 4 5 4 4 36 4 5 4 3 4 4 3 5 4 36 72
Score 4 4 4 5 4 3 5 4 4 37 4 6 5 4 4 4 3 5 5 40 77

Your bye week Saturday viewing guide

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Michigan’s second bye week in four weeks provides another great chance to relax, get your fall yardwork done, and ultimately get ready for the final five-week stretch of the season. All five of the next Saturdays feature big-time matchups for Michigan, each of which is a must win if the Wolverines want any chance of winning the Big Ten this season. This stress-free Saturday sets up nicely to scout each of the five teams Michigan has left on its schedule with a nice slate of games. Here’s your viewing guide.

Early games

At noon, two Big Ten games are worth at least casually keeping your eye on. They won’t necessarily be good games, but three of the four teams involved are among Michigan’s next four opponents. Iowa hosts Northwestern (12pm, Big Ten Network) in a battle of 4-3 squads. The Wildcats began the season 4-0 and battled Ohio State punch-for-punch in Evanston, but a combination of factors including injuries to several of their top playmakers have them reeling with three straight losses. Suddenly, one of the Legends Division favorites from the beginning of the season is now relegated to playing spoiler.

The most wonderful time of the year is right around the corner, and with Christmas just two months from today, you might be starting to think about what you or that special someone wants for Christmas.

If you’re a golfer or if you’re buying a gift for your dad, brother, cousin or friend who is a golfer, I’ve got the perfect gift idea: a custom scorecard holder from Stanley Mayhem. These are all fully handcrafted and customizable and make a truly unique gift for the golfer who has it all.

The guy who makes them, Greg Dibble, uses only genuine leathers and has many different styles and colors for you to choose from. You can choose the lacing, stamping, and pretty much whatever you want to make it a one-of-a-kind gift.

Several tour pros, caddies, and top amateurs around the world use Greg’s custom scorecard holders and you can too. Simply click the Stanley Mayhem logo above or follow this link to take advantage of Maize and Go Blue’s special 10 percent discount. Keep in mind that since these are all completely hand made, you’ll want to get your order in quickly in order to get it in time for Christmas.

Following the Iowa game, Northwestern has Nebraska, Michigan, and Michigan state in three consecutive games before finishing the season at Illinois, so beating Iowa is a must-win for the Wildcats to be assured of bowl eligibility. But that’s easier said than done in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes won the last matchup at home and are always tough to beat at home, especially in late fall when the wind starts whipping.

Iowa has shown to be pesky this season, playing Michigan State and Ohio State tough each of the last two games, so while neither of these teams is likely to win the Legends, Michigan will have to get through both of them – on the road – to have a chance.

The other noon game to keep an eye on is #24 Nebraska at Minnesota (12pm, ESPN). The Cornhuskers may be the Legends Division favorite at this point, but as Derick described on Wednesday, they have beaten just one team this season that has a winning record (4-3 Wyoming). The other four have come against winless Southern Miss, FCS school South Dakota State, and Big Ten bottom feeders Illinois and Purdue. The one team with a pulse Nebraska has faced, then-16th ranked UCLA, stomped the ‘Huskers 41-21 in Lincoln.

Minnesota is coming off a big win at Northwestern with head coach Jerry Kill taking a leave of absence. The Gophers likely don’t have enough in the tank to hang with Nebraska, but after last weekend’s big road win they’ll at least be playing with confidence.

Outside of the Big Ten there aren’t really any other big early games worth watching. Wake Forest vs #7 Miami (12pm, ESPNU) and #16 Texas A&M vs Vanderbilt (12:21pm, ESPN3) are the only others even remotely good, the latter because the Aggies are a potential bowl opponent.

Afternoon games

The afternoon slate features a few games worth watching, most notably Michigan State at Illinois (3:30pm, ABC/ESPN2), only because the Spartans are Michigan’s next opponent. It’s not likely to be much of a battle as MSU’s top-ranked defense should be able to handle Illinois’ offense that was held to just 25.5 points per game against Nebraska and Wisconsin the past two weeks. Conversely, Michigan State’s offense, which hasn’t been much to talk about this season should be able to move the ball and score against the Illini’s 98th-ranked scoring defense which allows over 32 points per game. The Spartans shouldn’t have much trouble beating Illinois, but it will be a good chance to get acclimated with them if you haven’t seen them play yet this season.

Outside of the Big Ten will feature a few solid matchups worth paying attention to. Tennessee visits #1 Alabama (3:30pm, CBS), #2 Florida State hosts NC State (3:30pm, ABC/ESPN2) and #9 Clemson visits Maryland (3:30pm, ESPN). Tennessee isn’t likely to pull off the upset in Tuscaloosa, but the Vols have shown some fight this season under Butch Jones, including last week’s win over #11 South Carolina and taking then-#6 Georgia to overtime earlier this month. Similarly, Florida State shouldn’t have trouble dispensing of NC State, but an unranked Wolfpack squad has beaten a ranked FSU team four times since 2005, including a 17-16 upset last season. Florida State is coming off a huge primetime win at Clemson and faces #7 Miami next week, so this could be a classic trap game. Finally, the team that was on the losing end of that Florida State win last Saturday, Clemson is licking its wounds as it travels to College Park to face a 5-2 Maryland squad. The Terps, however, were blasted by FSU (63-0) and last week by Wake Forest (34-10).

Another one to at least flip over to during commercial breaks is #10 Texas Tech at #15 Oklahoma (3:30pm, FOX). The Red Raiders are a surprising 7-0 and the Sooners’ only loss of the season was two weeks ago at the hands of Texas. Both of these teams are potential bowl opponents if Michigan either gets a BCS at-large bid or limps through the rest of the season falling to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl or Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas.

Evening games

The evening set of games features several ranked foes squaring off. The one that most pertains to us is Penn State at #4 Ohio State (8pm, ABC). The Nittany Lions had a week off last week after beating Michigan, while Ohio State got an unexpected fight from Iowa. With two weeks to prepare, could Penn State pull off a big upset in Columbus? The big play threat of Christian Hackenberg throwing to Allen Robinson and the rest of Penn State’s receivers is sure to test Ohio State’s beleaguered secondary, but the Buckeyes will look to put pressure on the freshman quarterback. Expect a close game in what’s likely to be Ohio State’s final test before visiting Ann Arbor on Nov. 30.

The biggest battle of the day will be #12 UCLA at #3 Oregon (7pm, ESPN). The Bruins lost to 13th-ranked Stanford last week and will be looking to bounce back in Eugene against the high-powered Ducks.

Two other games feature battles of ranked teams: #21 South Carolina at #5 Missouri (7pm, ESPN2) and #6 Stanford at #25 Oregon State (10:30pm, ESPN). Missouri is the surprise of the SEC this season, but a team many feel is overrated at fifth in the BCS standings. South Carolina is coming off a disappointing loss at Tennessee, looking to pull off an upset of its own and stay in the SEC East race. Stanford got upset by Utah two weeks ago and now finds itself a game behind Oregon State and Oregon in the Pac-12 standings. If UCLA is able to upset the Ducks, this game could either put Oregon State in the conference lead or leave a three-way tie, and both teams still have to play Oregon in the final month of the season.

A special offer in time for the Open Championship

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

With the Open Championship taking place on this weekend, we have teamed up with the maker of one of the most unique products on the golf market today to bring you a special offer. Greg Dibble operates Stanley Mayhem, which specializes in handmade leather golf products, most notably scorecard/yardage book holders.

Perhaps it’s something you’ve always wanted, maybe it’s something you’ve never realized you needed, or maybe you’ve been looking for a great gift for that golf fanatic who has seemingly everything. Regardless, this is a product that every golfer must add to his or her golf routine.

They are handmade by Greg every step of the way with only the most genuine leathers. No synthetic, layered on, or filler material. There are several different styles and colors of leather to choose from.

In Greg’s words, “The leather is hand cut, the holes for lacing are hand punched, and all stamping and lacing is done by hand. This means that I focus on the details and the integrity of the workmanship. They are built to provide enduring longevity. They only get better with time and are meant to be that one piece of equipment that lasts and can be handed down.”

The fact that they are completely made by hand also means that they are fully customizable. Want to put your name or initials on the cover? He can do that. Want to add some color or a certain stamping that means something to you? He can do that. He will work with you every step of the way, provide proofs, and make sure you get a special and unique product just the way you want it.

These make for great birthday, Christmas, Father’s Day, or client gifts or would be perfect as groomsmen gifts if you want something more unique than the usual flask, mug, or money clip.

They are used by several golf pros, caddies and top amateurs from tours around the world, and now comes your chance to get one too.

As a special offer for the readers of Maize and Go Blue, Greg is offering a 10 percent discount through the end of the year. Simply click here or on the Stanley Mayhem logo on the right side of the page and you will be directed to his site where you can take advantage of this special offer.

In addition, we will be giving away a custom Michigan-themed scorecard holder for free. All you have to do is click to Share this post on Facebook or Twitter with the tag #Maizeandgoblue by the end of this weekend and you will be entered to win. So take a minute while you’re watching the Open and share for a chance to win.

When the British Open ends, this free scorecard holder promotion ends (but the 10 percent discount remains through the end of the year), so don’t miss out!
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Here are some photos of my custom holder as it was in action last weekend. It works great at the UofM Golf Course too! I can’t promise it will take strokes off your score, but you’re sure to be the envy of your playing partners!