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Annual 9/11 Golf Tournament scheduled at Laytonsville course

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Todd ReubenTodd Reuben is among the victims honored at the 9/11 Memorial Golf Outing in Laytonsville.  COURTESY PHOTO  It’s been 16 years since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 wreaked havoc on our nation but a local attorney has found a way to help ease the pain.

On Monday, the fifth annual 9/11 Memorial Golf Outing will be held at Laytonsville Golf Course thanks in large part to the efforts of David Grover.

The event honors the memory of 9/11 victims who died when airliners hijacked by members of the terrorist group al-Qaeda were crashed into the World Trade Center complex in New York City, N.Y., the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., and a field near Shanksville, Penn.

Todd Reuben, a Churchill High School graduate, was one of the passengers aboard the hijacked plane that struck the Pentagon. He was 40 years old when he left behind a family that included his wife Vivian and twin sons Jason and Jeffrey.

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Round One recap of the QL National Golf Tournament

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MPI QLN 0190bDavid Lingmerth chips onto the 14th green on Day Three of the Quicken Loans National Golf Tournament. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  POTOMAC — On Tuesday and Wednesday, the golfers competing in the 2017 Quicken Loans National Golf Tournament commented over and over about the difficulty of the remodeled golf course at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm. “It’s hard,” Justin Thomas, who shot a 63 in the U.S. Open just two weekends ago, said,  “You could 100 percent host a U.S. Open here starting [Thursday].”

In his Tuesday press conference, 2016 Quicken Loans National champion Billy Hurley III said talked about the “penal rough” and the importance of keeping tee shots on the fairway.

As the first round began on Thursday, the course lived up to the reputation it had garnered on the days leading up to the tournament. Just 26 of the 116 players shot under par rounds. The firm greens forced golfers to change their tactics on approach shots, and in addition, the greens were difficult to read when putting. “I don’t know how to read any of them, to be honest with you,” said Hurley after his opening round, “Every single one of them seems to have a double break in it.”

However, there were a select group of golfers that were able to stay on the fairways, and produce strong rounds. After round one, the tournament’s outright leader is David Lingmerth, who shot a five under par 65.

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