Air Force ROTC hosts Flyin’ Irish basketball tournament

first_imgThe Notre Dame Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) hosted more than 500 cadets from 28 schools this weekend for the 31st Flyin’ Irish Invitational Basketball Tournament.Sophomore David Carmack, the public affairs officer for the event, said the event has expanded since its inception in 1985 to include teams from ROTC programs throughout the country, but it has remained grounded in its roots at the University.“It started off as a couple of people from Air Force ROTC; [they] got together at Notre Dame, and they decided to create a basketball tournament, and it’s grown exponentially since this year,” he said. “We [had] 50 teams this year [and] a couple [were] local. We [had] the local Army, the local Navy and obviously the local Air Force making a couple of teams.”One reason for the tournament’s growth, Carmack said, is the bond created between ROTC cadets during group field training trips.“It has really grown a lot by word of mouth,” he said. “For instance, between sophomore and junior years of college, for Air Force ROTC cadets, everybody goes down to Alabama for that age group for field training. And through that, everyone gets to know each other, and so there [are] a lot of circles of friends, and through that the basketball tournament has spread.”While the tournament take plenty of time to organize, Carmack said, the cadets receive plenty of support from the members of the Notre Dame community.“Notre Dame’s been really friendly with letting us use the courts,” he said. “They know we’re scheduling it. And also, actually, [men’s basketball head coach] Mike Brey is a big fan of it [so] he often comes and watches. … They have their time off, and he likes to come by, sit down and watch some games. It’s not the highest level of play, but it’s very entertaining.”Carmack said the tournament was well-attended by Notre Dame students, as well as the visiting cadets.“Obviously, we have some friends of cadets here who [came] to watch, but one of the cool things is … there’s a cool connection because it’s kids from all over the country who [came],” he said. “So it’s a great connection.”Considering the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets team beat the Wisconsin Flyin’ Badgers in the men’s championship, and the Marquette Golden Eagles Army ROTC defeated the Ohio State Buckeye Battalion in the women’s championship, Carmack said it would be advantageous for the tournament to include a live stream in future years.“We’re looking to possibly set that up in the future, which would be a really cool thing because there are teams from Iowa or wherever they’re coming from,” he said. “Texas A&M [flew] in — they can’t all come and watch their detachment, so that’s something that we’re looking to set up in the future. So it has a lot of room for growth. As much as it’s grown, there’s always more we can do.”Because the Notre Dame Air Force ROTC cadets primarily organize the tournament, Carmack said it provided a great opportunity to develop professional skills.“It also is a great opportunity for local Notre Dame cadets to get involved in leadership positions in the wing,” he said. “So, for example, me or any other cadet — this is a good opportunity for us to have experience in organizing things and having responsibilities. … It helps professional development, also.”Carmack said the biggest advantage of the tournament, though, is the chance to get to know cadets from all around the country.“Getting cadets all together — it’s mostly Air Force that comes, but there’s Iowa State Army, Wisconsin Air Force, Purdue Navy,” he said. “Even though we all might not be going to the same branch of military when we graduate, we’re kind of creating a bond and meeting each other and making good connections for our future.”Tags: Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC, Flyin’ Irish Basketball Tournament, Naval ROTClast_img read more

QBE Shootout: Bryson DeChambeau and Kevin Na share lead with 2 other teams after Round 1

first_img Careful Tiger Woods planning to ‘pace’ himself with 2019 schedule Thompson and her partner, Tony Finau, finished the first day in a tie for fourth at 11 under. But, the scramble format for Round 1 favored a handful of other teams, including Bryson DeChambeau and Kevin Na. Related News The PGA Tour’s December break is soon coming to an end, but not before it closes out with the QBE Shootout — a team showcase held in  Naples, Fla., that is an unofficial money event.A limited field of golfers makes the trip to the Tiburón Golf Club, and this year’s tournament features 10-time LPGA winner Lexi Thompson. These two along with the teams of Graeme McDowell/Emiliano Grillo and Patton Kizzire/Brian Harman are all co-leaders after carding 59s on [email protected] and @Graeme_McDowell grab a share of the lead at -13.#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/JxbdfjX5rX— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) December 7, 2018Bubba Watson/Harold Varner III are among the other teams in the hunt, as they’re tied for seventh place at 10 under with 2017 QBE Shootout champions Steve Stricker and Sean O’Hair.center_img Here come the defending @QBEShootout [email protected] holes out for 🦅 to get to -6.#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/zz7wfrm3l5— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) December 7, 2018Brandt Snedeker​ and Billy Horschel​ are among the four teams tied for ninth (9 under).The second round will feature a greensomes style of play, where the teams will alternate shots until the hole is completed, and the final day will be completed using a better ball format, in which the better of the two scores will be counted. Hero World Challenge: Jon Rahm comes away with win, Tiger Woods finishes in 17thlast_img read more