Irish Legends Ara, Lou, Lujack, Huarte, Kelly hit the link for good causes


There may not be a most incredible gathering of former Notre Dame all-time greats than the Irish Legends Golf Outing each June at Lost Dunes in Bridgman.

Johnny Lujack is the oldest living Heisman Trophy Winner. At age 88, he still has one of sweetest golf swings around.

There may not be a most incredible gathering of former Notre Dame all-time greats than the Irish Legends Golf Outing each June at Lost Dunes in Bridgman.

Ara, Lou, Lujack, Huarte and Kelly.

"Irish Legends" lives up to the name.

Lujack is the oldest living Heisman Trophy winner and he's still a superb athlete. The man is 88 and he still has the sweetest golf swing around. Of course, he no longer thinks so.

"I got a bed neck, there's arthritis between the joints and it hurts like a devil," Lujack says before whacking a drive right down the center of the fairway on the par 3 18th hole. " I'm just swinging hoping for something good but it's nice to be here and be with Notre Dame people."

Fellow Heisman Trophy Winner John Huarte was also in attendance and on the golf course. At age 69, Huarte says he feels great.

"Golf and I don't spend much time together so the rewards are usually far and few between," the California resident says. "My exercise is usually hiking in the mountains. You gain 800 feet and get your heart going."

Huarte played for Irish coaching legend Ara Parseghian, who led Notre Dame to national championships in 1966 and 1973. Ara is one of the three hosts of the event along with 1988 national championship coach Lou Holtz and current Irish coach Brian Kelly.

"It never gets old for me," Kelly says of being able to talk with the likes of Lou and Ara. "One of the great dynamics is that we will all share the unique seat of being a head coach at Notre Dame and there's nothing like it. There's not a lot of guys that understand that and today's a good day to share that."

Kelly remains in his golfing prime.

Holtz however---if you believe him---will not make that claim about himself.

"Ara was telling me when he was 79 years of age, 79 times he shot his age," Holtz explains. "I'm 76--- 76 times I've shot my weight."

As for Ara, he wasn't on the links but he is 90 now. We'll give him a pass.

"Unfortunately I can't play," Parseghian says. "My legs aren't going to let me but I did play for the first four or five years I guess. It's just a wonderful thing because everyone benefits from it."

Foursomes paid $5,000 for the opportunity to play and mingle with the Irish legends. Proceeds benefit the Ara Parseghian, Lou Holtz and Kelly Cares Foundations.

Wednesday was the 7th year for the event.


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