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Maury tries Fountain Head, falls short in USGA qualifier

August 29, 2006|by TIM KOELBLE

HAGERSTOWN - Maury Povich spent Monday at Fountain Head Country Club, hoping to earn one of three available spots in a qualifier for the United States Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship next month.

Host of the syndicated daytime television show "Maury," Povich has spent his entire career in journalism, following in the footsteps of his father, Shirley, who for 75 years was a sports columnist for The Washington Post.

Povich, 67, started the qualifer strong but ended with a 8-over-par 78 that included a 43 on the back nine and failed to qualify.

"I exploded on the back nine like my guests do," he said. "I had a double bogey on No. 11 and then started hitting bad irons, and suddenly I was 2-over. Then I went out-of-bounds on 17 and that was it."

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A native of Bethesda, Md., Povich began his career in 1966 as a news reporter and sportscaster at WTTG in Washington. One year later, he became host of a talk show, "Panorama."

After stops in Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and San Francisco, Povich returned to New York.

"A Current Affair" was born in 1986 and eventually became syndicated. Many consider the show the beginning of today's newsmagazine shows.

In 1991, Povich switched to Paramount and began "The Maury Povich Show," before leaving in 1998 to begin what he said was "a fresh new look with 'Maury.'"

"I never thought I would leave WTTG," Povich said Monday before his round of golf. "I always thought I would follow in my father's footsteps. I veered off somewhere.

"But (Dad) took a keen interest in what I was doing and always said: 'Son, you are your own man.'"

His yearly routine consists of 30 weeks of taping his show in New York City. The remaining time he spends with his wife - nationally known newswoman Connie Chung - and their children and grandchildren.

Much of his free time is spent playing golf. He carries a 1 handicap.

"Connie doesn't play, but she allows me to play," he said. "We've been married 22 years now, and she knows about my disease."

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