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Personal Sports Archive: 2009

Dogs, Birds and Gunpowder
Hunting and shooting areas and preserves supplement the area's meager public hunting lands, and here gunners can almost be assured on spending quality time in the field and bringing home some birds for the table.

'The Blind Side' Generates Interest In Oher Collectibles
The combination of the best-selling book, "The Blind Side," by Michael Lewis, the movie adaptation, his draft status and solid play as a rookie starter has generated considerable interest in Michael Oher-signed collectibles and licensed products. 

Angler's Journal: Gifts For Angler In Your Life
King Montgomery reviews some of the many neat outdoor items he used in 2009, any of which would make a great holiday gift for outdoors folks.

Greco's Legacy Lives On
The collection of game-used items from the late Vincent Greco is a "collector's dream."

Constellation Senior Players Tourney Moving To Potomac
Next year, the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship will be held at the newly-renovated TPC Potomac. Baltimore Country Club, which has served as host for the Champions Tour’s fifth major since 2007, has one year left in its site agreement with the PGA Tour and will host the tournament in 2011.

Westward Ho for Good Trouting
All four of Western Maryland's rivers have their own personality and special regulations of one sort or another in certain stretches.

Rick Dempsey Hits Home Run With Holiday CD
An Oriole fan-favorite since his playing days, Rick Dempsey has collaborated with two-time Blues Music Award winner and renowned producer Deanna Bogart on a collection of holiday classics. 

More Than 20,000 Runners Participate In Festival
More than 20,000 people, including five Olympians, from all 50 states and 44 countries piled onto Baltimore's city street for the 2009 Running Festival.

Former Orioles Offer Major League Hunting Opportunities
This fall, former Orioles standouts Chris Hoiles, Ben McDonald, Will Clark and Jamie Walker will be packing their hunting gear and heading north for Bows, Bucks and Birds.

Angler's Journal: Ciara's Cove
King Montgomery enjoyed a special day of fishing in a special place that didn't have a name, until now.

Powerful Field Enters Constellation Tourney
The Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship (Sept. 28- Oct. 4) continues to attract an outstanding field of top golfers over the age of 50, including Tom Watson, Fred Funk, Mark O'Meara and others. • More Big Names Commit

National Convention Coming To Baltimore In 2010
In August 2010, Baltimore and the Convention Center will host the 31st National Sports Collectors Convention for the first time.

Constellation Energy Event Seeking More Volunteers
Volunteer opportunities are still available for the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, which will be played at Baltimore Country Club Sept. 28-Oct. 4. 

Suburban Club Advances To McGladrey Team Finals
The team from Suburban Club, consisting of PGA head professional Mark Helffrich, Brian Stander, Jasson Seiden and Joe Eaton, has advanced from the McGladrey Team Championship Middle Atlantic PGA sectional qualifier to the 2009 McGladrey Team Championship finals in Pinehurst, N.C., Oct. 26-28.  
Burke Takes Thrid Mid-Am Championship
Miller-Hudson Duo Claims Chesapeake Cup
Maryland Raises PGA Capital Cup

National Convention Coming To Baltimore In 2010
In 2010, Baltimore and the Convention Center will host the 31st National Sports Collectors Convention -- the crown jewel event in the multibillion sports collectible industry.

Laubach Wins Baltimore Seniors Championship
Blair Laubach birdied the 17th hole for what turned out to be the winning margin in his one-stroke victory in the 15th annual Seniors Championship of the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation at Forest Park Golf Course.

Kelly's Dream Round Paved Way For NBC
For local insurance executive and avid golfer Mike Kelly, the chance to play Bethpage Black the Thursday of U.S. Open week was simply too good to pass up. 

Late Run Gives Hogg Match Play Title
Serge Hogg won three of the last six holes to secure a 1-up victory over Steve Cha in the 12th annual Match Play Championship at Mount Pleasant Golf Course on July 26. 

Lynch Rally Takes Women’s Crown
Four-down to Elyse Smidinger through 11 holes, Kelly Lynch rallied to a shocking victory in the 88th Maryland State Women's Amateur championship at Old South Country Club. 

Bassler Wins 88th Annual Maryland Open
Matt Bassler rolled home a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th green to clinch the 88th annual Maryland Open by one shot

Robinson Makes Impression of a Lifetime
Frank Robinson's small gesture at a Houston restaurant made a lifelong impression on some young Little Leaguers.

Krulevitz Program Celebrates 25 Years
The Steve Krulevitz Tennis Program, an institution in the local tennis scene, celebrates its 25th anniversary with a reunion on July 11 at The Gilman School.

Sparks Native Shoots For Senior Open Spot
John Howson, of Sparks, Md., shot a 3-under-par 69 to take one of the available places in the U.S. Senior Open sectional qualifying at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, Va., on July 6.

Fairbanks Claims Stroke Play Title 
After a series of close calls, Phil Fairbanks, 39, an administrative teacher in the Howard County school system, won this year's Maryland Amateur Stroke Play championship at Mount Pleasant Golf Course in Baltimore.

Smidinger Claims Championship
Elyse Smidinger, 15, breezed to a five-stroke victory in the 34th MSGA Junior Girls championship at Eisenhower Golf Course.

So Much Water, So Little Time
Chasing fish in the beautiful places where they live is a wonderful way to spend some of our precious allotted time on earth.

Raising Green On Greens Turns Work To Pleasure
As current Towson University president Dr. Robert Caret advanced in his career, he saw how playing the game could help him in business and allow him to enjoy time outdoors doing something athletic.

Market Bullish on Matt Wieters 
The long-term value of Matt Wieters memorabilia will depend on both his on-the-field performance and how he is perceived off the field,

Schlesinger Wins Mid-Am 
Lisa Schlesinger of Norbeck Country Club posted the low round in the second annual Maryland State Women's Mid-Amateur championship.

'GoMamaGo' Puts Moms On Rigorous Fast Track
A group of busy moms on the GoMamaGo team stay fit by training together for triathlon events, and for some needed stress relief.

Stock Rising For Sports Movie Posters
Authentic vintage movie posters have skyrocketed in value over the years -- with no downturn in sight.

Birdies, Eagles, Twitter and Tweets
A group of local courses are the first in the area to reach out to golfers via the burgeoning social networking site Twitter.

Hunting Equipment Tax Helps Conserve Wildlife
Excise taxes paid on sporting firearms, ammunition and archery equipment benefit every state and have generated approximately $5.6 billion for wildlife conservation since 1939.

Panini Impacts U.S. Collectibles Market Overnight
The NBA's recent agreement with the Italy-based Panini Group, the world's largest publisher of collectibles, sparked renewed excitement and optimism for stimulating the trading card segment of the collectibles industry.

Golfing Green: Veteran Pine Ridge Pro Is Retiring
After more than four decades working around the game he loves, Kim Hand, the longtime professional at Pine Ridge in Towson, is retiring.

Collecting: Tiger's Return Great For Collectors
Ray Schulte offers a collector's perspective on Tiger Woods' return, A-Rod's steroid use and President Obama trading cards.

Shivering And Shaking For A Cause
Plungapalooza '09 raised more than $2.5 million in total donations for the Maryland Special Olympics, with Sandy Point Beach filled with participants.

Summer Camps Listings
PressBox's Summer Camps Listings is the place to start your planning for this summer's sports camps.

Angler's Journal: Beginning Fly Fishing 
The keys to turning someone on to fly angling are controlling frustration levels, having fun, catching fish - - and catching fish!

Collecting: Maryland's Sports Enthusiasts Give Back
Ray Schulte offers a collector's perspective on the Sports Boosters, how to get the most out of O's FanFest and what recent events could mean for Michael Phelps.

Angler's Journal
For many years of fishing for bass, bonefish and others, I have used store-bought knotless tapered leaders because they are simple, easy to tie on and use, and affordable. But there is another way.

'58 Celebration Brings Out Fans And Collectors Alike
As is evident with the numerous valuable items relating to the 1958 NFL Championship game, memorabilia created around a specific event can hold more value. The greater the significance of the event, the greater the value of the memorabilia.

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