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ESPN’s Rece Davis and... Mark May to host Irish Legends golf tourney

Rece Lou May

You’ve got to hand it to this Brian Kelly guy. It’s almost as if he’s been reading Irish message-boards these past few years, identifying the collective thorns in the side of ND Nation and pulling them out one by one.

Public Enemy No. 1? Urban Meyer -- the head coach had his “dream job” on the table and took the Florida job instead. Making things worse, he starts winning national championships and stealing Irish recruits. Kelly gets Meyer on speed-dial, invites him to speak at the Irish summer camp, and all of a sudden Urban is wearing the Blue & Gold again, talking up the Irish program on ESPN.

Sticking with ESPN, there’s nobody tougher on the Irish football program than studio analyst Mark May. Whether it’s the result of sitting next to Lou Holtz every Saturday or his playing days at Pitt, May seemed to almost delight in the struggles of Charlie Weis’ Irish after the former Notre Dame coach lit up Pittsburgh in his debut back in 2005.

While May predicting 10 wins for the Irish last year raised more than a few eyebrows, getting the College Football Hall of Famer back to South Bend to take place in the Irish Legends Charity Golf Classic... well, that’s pretty impressive.

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Fans of college football and the game of golf who would like to help three great charities and meet University of Notre Dame coaching legends Ara Parseghian and Lou Holtz plus current Irish football coach Brian Kelly are invited to participate in the fifth annual Irish Legends Charity Golf Classic.

This year’s event, presented by O’Rourke’s Public House (formerly Kildare’s) features an “Evening with Legends” on Sunday, June 26, and the “Irish Legends Golf” on Monday, June 27. Proceeds from the event support Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation, Lou Holtz Charitable Foundation and Kelly Cares Foundation.

The Sunday event is set for Club Naimoli at Purcell Pavilion on Notre Dame’s campus with a reception beginning at 5 p.m. EDT and the program at 6 p.m. ESPN personalities Rece Davis and Mark May host the special evening where fans will have the opportunity to participate in an auction of rare memorabilia and unique experiences. Those interested in only attending the Sunday reception and auction may purchase individual tickets for $200.

I half expect Kelly to hop a plane to Pakistan and iron out some of our country’s differences right now. Or start working on bringing Ty Willingham back to campus for next year’s tourney.

Kidding aside, for more information on the golf tournament and silent auction, check it out at