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Matt Bush

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Bush is the Maryland reporter for WAMU. He can be found most of the time on the job in Annapolis, Rockville, or Upper Marlboro covering state and county governments. He's a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Point Park College in downtown Pittsburgh


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Funk shot a 75 in the first round (that's four over par), and he says he can't do too much worse than that today if he wants to make the cut and play this weekend."Probably six over or something like that. I can only be two over tomorrow," he said after his game Thursday. "So I just got to go out there and do it. But if I don't, it will be a fun ride."Qualifying for this...
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Grass -- its quality, and getting it to grow -- is the top priority at a golf course. Because of that, the turf can also be a course's biggest problem.There are several reasons for the difficulties, and at Congressional, the biggest is typically the hot summers the D.C. area endures. But trees also cause problems says Mike Giufre, the course superintendent at Congressional....
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Update at 6:30 p.m.: Just as many eyes are focused on the sky as they are on the golf here, but so far the rain has held off as the first round nears its conclusion. Rory McIlroy is putting together the round of the day. He's had six birdies and no bogeys, good enough for six under par and a three shot lead over Y.E. Yang and Charl Schwartzel.Six other golfers ...
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Since 1997, Montgomery County has seen significant growth and development, and with it, much heavier traffic congestion.So U.S. Open organizers needed to find ways to get the expected 50,000 fans expected to attend the tournament on each of the four days through bigger and bigger gridlock.The answer, says USGA president Jim Hyler, was more of everything -- starting with ...
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This is the scene organizers and fans want: During Sunday's final round, the last two golfers on the course are tied as they approach the 18th hole. The pressure will mount for every shot on the 523-yard par-4, with the players settling the U.S. Open title on the peninsula 18th green, which is surrounded by water on three sides.The thousands at Congressional and the millions wa...
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The past month has been a busy one for 23-year-old Michael Whitehead from Sugarland, Texas. First, he graduated from Rice University. Then last week he fell just shy of qualifying for the U.S. Open. But he played well enough to be the first alternate, allowing. him to play if someone else dropped out.Whitehead got the call last week. "I probably said yes before she asked," he...
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This isn't your average souvenir stand. It's the largest temporary structure constructed for the tournament, and those who enter are almost always caught off guard by its size.At first glance, you might think there are only hats and t-shirts. But a closer look shows there is far more. Golf accessories such as towels and ball markers, framed lithographs, books, mugs and shot gl...
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Els, the last man to win a U.S. Open at the Congressional Country Club, has a secret on how to bypass the multi-year waiting list: "Just win a U.S. Open, you'll become a member. So, keep practicing."Despite having that membership, he doesn't come here often. But last week the South African native did venture to Congressional for an early look at the course before play starts Th...
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Fred Funk qualified for the Open just last week at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville. After doing so, the former University of Maryland golf coach broke down in tears. It took him awhile to realize why."I knew if I made it, it would probably be my last chance to play a major in my home town," he says. "Because if we stay at a 14-year rotation, I'll be 68 or 69 years old next t...
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Players had to play two rounds of golf -- that's 36 holes -- on the final day of the US Open in 1964. Typical of the weather for the D.C. area in June, it was very hot and very humid.Ken Venturi remembers the triple-digit heat very well."I weighed 172 pounds, exactly what I weigh today," he says. "And when I got dressed and got ready to leave, I got on the scale I weigh...
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The areas around the driving range and practice greens were lined with people trying to get autographs. Their methods were very different: One father told his son to look golfer Steve Stricker in the eye, while others were more forceful in trying to get Rickie Fowler's attention.The players noticed. K.J. Choi was among Monday's fan favorites. He spoke through an interpreter aft...
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For those going today and tomorrow, free parking will be available at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg, where shuttle busses will take fans to the golf course.Starting Wednesday, in addition to the fairgrounds, there will also be a lot on the Crown Farm property in Gaithersburg.Emil Wolanin, Montgomery County's chief traffic engineer, says security will ...
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The state chapter of the ACLU is questioning the legality of online petitions opponents are using to get the law before voters via a referendum next year.The group says the website MDPetitions.com enables a user who knows someone's name, zip code and birthdate to submit a signature on that person's behalf without their knowledge. The elections board says it is consulting with A...
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Jaime Romero, 30, was last seen on April 2 near his home. His car was found outside the residence, with his belongings inside, and no signs of foul play. His sister, Sonia Cornejo, says her brother owned an electrical business, Elite Electrical Design. She says they have not received any indication his disappearance has anything to do with his business."No we haven't had any ca...
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Police in Frederick cited a woman Wednesday night for leaving her dog in her car while she went to a tanning salon. Police say the temperature inside the car during the incident in Frederick was more than 150 degrees, though the dog ended up surviving.Then Thursday morning, police in Montgomery County saw a different woman leave her dog behind in Rockville, says officer Janelle...
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Paul Hibler is with the Animal Services Division of Montgomery County police, and says they will be busy the next few days, as they'll receive a jump in calls. Most will be for animals left in cars while their owners are shopping. He says no matter what kind of vehicle you ow...
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Emil Wolanin, chief traffic engineer for Montgomery County, saw firsthand what the open can do to a congested area when he attended the tournament two years ago at Bethpage State Park on Long Island, in New York.Wolanin and other county officials went to that Open to get a head start on preparations for 2011. Rainy weather marred that tournament, and taught Wolanin and others t...
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Woods has a history with Congressional Country Club. It hosted his tournament, the AT&T National, for the first three years of its existence. He won it in 2009.Woods didn't play as well the last time Congressional hosted the U.S. Open, however. At the tournament at Congressional in 1997, Woods tied for 19th. That was just a few months after his first major tournament victor...
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For other large events in the D.C. region, Metrorail is usually the preferred option for attendees because of its convenience. But next week, that may not be the case. In addition, taking Metro will actually cost you more.Metro fares will be the same, but if you take the train you also have to pay for a shuttle bus to the golf course. Reservations must be made for the ...
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The state Board of Elections says it has validated the more than 18,000 signatures opponents needed to collect by May 31's deadline to force a referendum in 2012. But they still have a ways to go, before they reach nearly 56,000 signatures by the end of June.Opponents not only want to get the matter before voters, but also delay the bill from going into effect in 2011. The chie...