• Mike Costello


When our family goes out to play golf, we play for the fun of it and sometimes when we hit a bad shot, we take a mulligan. That is, we play another ball with no penalty. Typically, this happens on drives. But, to make it a bit more formal, the player who wants to play a mulligan must declare a mulligan. And it must be bellowed in an English accent, a few octaves below their normal voice and utter the following, “I declare a mulligan!”. It’s funny and it takes a bit of stress off the golfer – especially if they are not playing well.

After yesterday’s blog, in which I picked a final four and prognosticated a bit, well, “I declare a mulligan!”

Yeah, I was wrong on a few games. Although, GRCC had EGR gripping their sticks for a bit. OK – let’s review. Clarkston dropped one to Midland. I picked Clarkston to go to the final four. Midland’s offense took care of that. On the plus side, I did include Midland in my “Upset Specials”. The Chemics are scary good. They will give CC or Dakota a run in the quarterfinal game.

Suffice to say, the best game of the night last night was Hartland / Brighton. The Eagles definitely earned the regional title. They get Saline next.

In Division II, EGR proved me wrong. They struggled early but ended up taking care of Grand Rapids Catholic Central. My other upset special, Lakeview, was taken out by Forest Hills Eastern.

It must be the water. The Forest Hills teams are rolling. Forest Hills Central, Forest Hills Northern and Forest Hills Eastern are all moving on to the quarterfinals in the boy’s tournament. And on the girl’s side, Forest Hills Central and Forest Hills Northern are still alive as well.

I’ll be taking in the Northville / South Lyon East game at Lakeland tonight. I’m anticipating a well-played, competitive game. The winner will take on the winner of the Brother Rice / Birmingham game. Congrats!

I’ll try to pick these games again once the quarterfinal games are set. I do have to remember that the family rule is that we are allotted only one mulligan per round. Unless I declare a new rule. “For the MHSAA tournaments, I declare multiple mulligans.” There, it’s legit!

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