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U.S. Open: Potomac Resident Turns Yard into Parking Lot

While players get ready for the first round of the U.S. Open, parking continues to be an issue.

According to the United States Golf Association, spectators attending the U.S. Open Championship at Congressional Country Club this week are reminded that there is no general spectator parking at or around the club.

Fifteen homeowners in Potomac, Maryland learned of the limited parking issue and decided to get permits for visitors to park on their lawns one week out of the year including David Stupar, whose two-acre lot has been in his family since 1960.

“We are the original owners. Horses used to graze our lot, but in 1997 we parked cars here for the U.S. Open and saw what a lucrative arrangement it was. We heard it was coming back this year, and knew we had a great business opportunity on our hands,” said Harrington Drive Resident, David Stupar.

Public Schools Initiate High School Athletics Fee

 Public Schools Initiate High School Athletics Fee

This information comes to us from Prince George's County Public Schools:

Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) has initiated a new annual athletics activity fee for students who are selected as members of an Interscholastic Athletic Team, in response to substantial revenue cuts for the 2011-2012 school year. The one-time fee of $50 will be collected prior to the beginning of each sports season, and will cover the student's participation in high school athletics for the entire year–even if they transfer to another PGCPS school or are selected to participate on multiple athletic teams.

PGA Nationwide Tour comes to Prince George's County

It's the perfect weather for the Fifth Annual Melwood Prince George’s County Open, featuring top professional golf stars competing on the Nationwide Tour at the University of Maryland’s golf course. The tournament runs from May 30th to June 5th.

A few local golfers are in the tournament including: 28-year-old, Naval Academy graduate and Annapolis resident, Billy Hurley. Prior to serving on a Navy destroyer in the Persian Gulf last year, he won seven college titles and in 2004 was the sixth-ranked amateur in the world.

Owned and operated by the PGA Tour, the Nationwide Tour identifies players who are ready to compete and win on golf’s biggest stage. More than two out of three PGA Tour members are Nationwide Tour alumni. Through the efforts of the three tours, sponsors, players, and volunteers, the PGA supports over 2,000 local charities and has surpassed $ 1.6 million in charitable giving.

Pulling a Rabbit Out of the Hat

Pulling a Rabbit Out of the Hat

Dedicated Wizards fans soon hope to find out if General Manager, Ernie Grunfeld, can find the big ticket in this years’ NBA Lottery. After receiving the sixth overall pick in the 2011-2012 NBA Draft, the Wizards will be looking to add depth to their perimeter and low post game. Circulating reports from draft experts have the Washington Wizards selecting Enes Kanter, a 6’11” Power Forward, out of The University of Kentucky. Kanter, who has a knack for dominating the boards, coupled with an extremely high basketball IQ, was permanently ineligible this season for receiving more than $33,000 in benefits, while playing for his Turkish club team, Fenerbahce.

Maryland and UVA go head-to-head for the 2011 NCAA Men's Lacrosse National Championship

Maryland and UVA go head-to-head  for the  2011 NCAA Men's Lacrosse National Championship

The unseeded Maryland Terrapins outmuscled defending national champions, Duke Blue Devils, last Saturday in the semi-finals to propel them into the 2011 NCAA Men's Lacrosse National Championship.

They take on ACC rival and 7th-seeded Virginia Cavaliers at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Monday, May 30th. This game could change history as no team seeded lower than five has ever claimed the national title. The Terps are hungry for a win since they haven’t won a championship game since 1975.

Tee-Off US Open Week at BlackFinn Bethesda

Tee-Off US Open Week at BlackFinn Bethesda

Before the first tee shot at Congressional takes place, several of the US Open's biggest stars will converge on BlackFinn American Saloon to raise money for Caddy for a Cure.

This non profit is a unique charity that donates 100% of its proceeds to other charities while providing an ultimate in-golf experience – the opportunity to caddy for a PGA or LPGA professional during a practice or Pro-Am round of an official PGA or LPGA Tour event.

By the Skins of Their Teeth

By the Skins of Their Teeth

Optimism is defined as taking a favorable view of events and expecting the most favorable outcome. The Redskins past three seasons can clearly be viewed as optimistic without the results panning out on the playing field. After the highly coveted off season acquisitions of Albert Haynesworth and soon thereafter Donovan Mcnabb, the overpaid and underperforming Washington Redskins roster turned in a measly 6-10 record, good for last place in the NFC East.

Barring a lengthy lockout the Washington Redskins will go into the 2011-2012 football season with a team that is again experiencing a complete facelift, and after viewing this year NFL Draft,  focusing on bringing in a lot of hardworking, high-character guys. This is clearly the best option for them after putting up with off-the-field head cases, such as Champ Bailey and Albert Haynesworth,  especially since these guys have not translated to any success in the playoffs over the past decade.