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    Coaching Runs In the McGraw Family

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    4772499.jpeg South Bend Tribune - Apparently, Muffet McGraw isn't the only coach in the McGraw family.

    McGraw got in a round of golf before Saturday's Notre Dame-Michigan State football game with Condoleezza Rice, the former Secretary of State and Stanford political science professor who has a master's degree from Notre Dame. And some advice from McGraw's husband, Matt McGraw, played a role in Rice getting a hole-in-one on the Warren Golf Course.

    Rice, who McGraw first met at the White House in a ceremony honoring Notre Dame's 2001 women's basketball national champions, spoke to the Fighting Irish team at this season's Final Four.

    Rice contacted McGraw about getting in some golf, but thought she might only be able to squeeze in nine holes because of basketball obligations.

    "We had just a great round," McGraw said. "We were only supposed to play nine holes. We finished so fast; she played at the same pace I play, which was nice. We played the front in an hour and five minutes. It was only 11:30, so I said, 'Hey, do you want to play a couple more?'"

    Rice left a club on the ninth green, and McGraw called her husband, Matt, who she knew was on the putting green.

    "I called and said, 'Hey, Matt. Bring the sand wedge over.'" McGraw related. "So he did and stayed with us, and was giving his ... 'home-court' expertise on the greens, a few tips here and there.

    "Suddenly, Dr. Rice goes par, par, birdie," McGraw said of Matt McGraw 'coaching' Rice on her golf game. "It was unbelievable. Ever since Matt showed up, she was suddenly playing well, we were joking. She had been playing well before that, too, but it was funny."

    McGraw had to leave to get back to the women's basketball players, but Matt McGraw and Rice decided to play a few more holes.

    On her way to Purcell Pavilion, McGraw got a phone call from Matt.

    "Guess who just got a hole-in-one?"

    Rice shot an ace on the No. 14 hole (142 yards) after getting some advice from Matt McGraw before the shot on how to play the hole.

    "She knows how to play," Matt McGraw said of Rice. "She swung the club. I just told her where the bunkers were, and that there's high grass left and right, and asked, 'Do you have a club that can hit 150 yards relatively straight?' She said 'I do,' and made a great swing at the ball. I told her, 'if you ever play Cypress Point and need to fly me out, I'm available.'"

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