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County executive candidates square off

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POTOMAC – Saturday’s candidate forum was one of the first opportunities for the four men filed to run for County Executive to take the stage together and speak to the public directly.

On Saturday, the Montgomery County Muslim Council hosted a forum at the Potomac Community Center for the four people who filed to run for County Executive candidates and current County Council member Roger Berliner (D-1) Marc Elrich (D- at large), George Leventhal (D- at large), and attorney and former member of the Maryland House of Delegates Robin Ficker.

The candidates answered questions about diversity, profiling, schools and taxes.

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Long-awaited renovations in Potomac greeted with enthusiasm at tourney

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POTOMAC — The Quicken Loans National golf tournament was played for the first time at the newly-christened TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm. With the renovations now finally complete, the golf course was set for a new beginning.

In 2006, the same tournament, then known as the Booz Allen Classic, had been held almost exclusively at the location then called TPC Avenel. However, that would be the last year that the venue hosted a PGA Tour event for over a decade.

Maligned for its poor design as well as drainage issues, PGA golfers no longer wanted to play an event at TPC Avenel. Numerous complaints from many pro golfers, most notably Tiger Woods, led to redesigning and renovating the entire course.

The vast majority of golfers had never seen the course before, and many did not know what to expect coming into the tournament given the history. But after four rounds of golf, the reviews from the golfers of the TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm golf course were a total reversal from 11 years earlier.

“Yeah, it’s really good,” said Kyle Stanley, the winner of the 2017 Quicken Loans National, “One of the most difficult courses we’ve played this year.”

“I think that this is a good venue for the PGA Tour,” said Billy Hurley III, who won the tournament in 2016.

“I love the challenge, I think it’s a very difficult golf course,” said Bryson DeChambeau, “It’s a great golf course, great conditions, and hopefully one that we will come back to in the future.”

“I love it, I think it’s a great golf course,” said golfer Patrick Reed, who is ranked 17th in the world, “It’s hard.”

“It’s hard, but very fair,” said Lucas Glover, “...You hit a good shot, you get rewarded. You hit a bad shot, you get penalized. But that’s how a tough course should be.”

The positive feedback did not stop with just these golfers. All across the board, players love the challenge that TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm presented. Some thought that the high, thick rough and firm greens were similar to what one would see a major championship like the U.S. Open.

“You could 100 percent host a U.S. Open here starting tomorrow,” said 12th-ranked golfer Justin Thomas after the Pro-Am on June 28, “I mean, you really could.”

“You definitely could,” Reed said when asked if a major championship like the U.S. Open could be played at this course, “and it would be a hard U.S. Open if they got the rough even thicker.”

While many golfers also seemed to like the possibility of rotating the event between Congressional Country Club and TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, it was clear that the renovations have changed the way this course is viewed in the eyes of PGA Tour golfers, and have set the stage for years to come with future PGA Tour events.

TPC Avenel first opened in 1986. It was the home of the PGA Tour’s annual event, the Kemper Open, which existed from 1987 until 2002. When the tournament’s sponsor changed in 2003 from Kemper Insurance to the investment banking firm Friedman Billings Ramsey, the tournament was renamed the FBR Capital Open. Then the technology consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton became the sponsor of the event in 2004, and it was renamed the Booz Allen Classic. In 2007, AT&T and Tiger Woods took over as sponsors, and the event was renamed the AT&T National.

It became known as the Quicken Loans National after Quicken Loans replaced AT&T as tournament sponsor in 2013.

 

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Three Montgomery County baseball players selected in MLB Draft

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Major League Baseball

Sitting at a stoplight Saturday, former Walt Whitman High School pitcher Sean Cook was hesitant to believe his friends when they texted him saying the Washington Nationals drafted him in the 40th round.

However, after seeing several screenshots of tweets confirming the news, Cook could revel in being a 2016 MLB Draft selection.

Cook, a Bethesda native, was the last of three players from Montgomery County chosen in this year’s draft, which began Thursday, June 9 and ended Saturday, June 11. The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Ole Miss shortstop and Boyds native Errol Robinson in the sixth round, while the Nationals picked Potomac native Matthew Mervis a round before choosing Cook.

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Potomac river excursion revisits the country's first national highway - water

POTOMAC – The passengers waited along the dock on a cool yet sunny Sunday afternoon for the captain of the Charles F. Mercer, a reproduction of a mule-drawn packet boat from the 1870s.

While the captain prepared for the 3 o’clock canal boat excursion, park ranger at the Great Falls Tavern Rebecca Jameson laid out the rules for the passengers.

“We’re going to go back in time to the 1870s,” Jameson said.

Though that particular excursion was the last one for the day Sunday, Great Falls Tavern recently began the excursion season, which will last from now until October.

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Krause takes major victory

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POTOMAC-- Ethan Krause pinned twice and won a major decision among his four victories at 138 pounds to win last weekend’s Sharknado Duals in his own gym at Georgetown Prep.

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Top Lacrosse recruit commits

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POTOMAC – One of the area’s top lacrosse players in the 2017 class has verbally committed to college.

St. Andrew’s junior midfielder Alex Smith recently announced his pledge to play Division I lacrosse at the University of Hartford.

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Bullis dominates inaugural Bubba Bunting Duals

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POTOMAC-- Bullis’ C.J. Williams is making the most of his second chance this season.

The 195-pound senior went 4-0 last weekend to continue a nine-bout winning streak that includes five pins, pacing the host Bulldogs to a victory in the inaugural Captain Brian M. “Bubba” Bunting Memorial Wrestling Duals.

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Bullis hosts Bubba Bunting Duals

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POTOMAC --- The Bullis School, on January 30, will honor “One of our very own heroes,” according to a release from Bulldogs’ coach Chris Brown in 1998 graduate Brian "Bubba" Bunting.

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Potomac flies past Wheaton in 3A South finals

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 OXON HILL – The Wheaton Knights remembered they were playing in the 3A South regional finals in the final minute of the game against the Potomac Wolverines.

The Knights scored two touchdowns in 30 seconds, more points than they’d scored in the previous 47 minutes of play. It was too little too late. The Wolverines put the game on ice in the third quarter, eventually winning by a score of 50-24.

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