Supporting Van Brooks today via high school golf

May 02, 2014 | Drew Forrester

A few weeks ago, our regularly scheduled MIAA golf match vs. Loyola was rained out, so Calvert Hall was scheduled to play the Dons yesterday at Hunt Valley GC.

That, too, was rained out — although it was more about “too much rain” on Wednesday, as the course just wasn’t suitable for play yesterday.

Today, though, at 2pm, the Cardinals and Dons will finally get to play the match that has been rescheduled three different times this season.  This is a big contest for both of us.  We’re 3-0 on the season and the Dons (1-3) are trying to stay in the playoff race.  Every match is important in conference play and this one this afternoon is no different for either of us.

Oddly enough, though, at 2pm, Calvert Hall golfers in their gray pants, red shirt and black hat will also be sporting a little Loyola blue and yellow.

Former Loyola football player Van Brooks visited me in studio about two months ago to discuss the new foundation he has launched and we naturally engaged in some friendly Cards-Dons banter.

He reminded me that Loyola football defeated Calvert Hall last Thanksgiving in the annual Turkey Bowl and I gently reminded him the Loyola player who blocked the game-winning extra point was offsides by about two yards.

The golf rivalry between CHC and Loyola isn’t quite as fierce as the football rivalry, but it’s still looked at with a little more emphasis than any other conference match we play.  I didn’t go to Calvert Hall, but I respect the tradition of rivalries in the MIAA like Loyola and Calvert Hall.  It’s friendly, but competitive.

Van Brooks is doing great work in our community with his S.A.F.E. Alternative foundation.  You can read all about it RIGHT HERE.

When we tee off today against Loyola, the eight Calvert Hall players in action will be wearing a blue and yellow S.A.F.E. wristband that Van gave me to when he visited the WNST studio back in March.

We’re proud to show our support for him and equally pleased with his two new sponsors, SECU and Barcelona Nut Company, who will no doubt help make his foundation bigger and better than he could have imagined.

If only those wristbands were red and gold, we’re wear them every match!  😉

Lastly, my friends at Primary Residential Mortgage will team up with CHC golf today and donate $25.00 per-birdie to Van’s foundation.  Thanks to Vic Biscoe, Dean Johnson and Kevin Henneman (all CHC grads) for joining forces with us to help celebrate Van’s great work in our community.

Feel free to come on out today and watch this great match-up at Hunt Valley.  Bring your old pair of sneakers.  They’re gonna get muddy.