The Washington Times - July 4, 2008, 04:49PM

The press has painted Steve Marino, champion of AT&T National’s opening day, as a local product. Yes, the 28-year-old was raised in nearby Fairfax and graduated from W.T. Woodson High School and the University of Virginia. But the shaggy-haired Marino is originally from the booming metropolis of Altus, Okla. (population: 21,447), some 1,459 miles from the Beltway.



Altus is home of the Altus Air Force Base, Western Oklahoma State College, and the Southwest Technology Center. And not much else.


Along with Marino, Altus has produced a slew of country music songwriters, a pair of pro football players, and Rodney Yee, author of “Yoga: The Poetry of the Body.”

That’s a stark contrast from Fairfax and W.T. Woodson, which has produced a college basketball coach (Harvard’s Tommy Amaker), the subject of a best seller (Chris McCandless, the non-fictional protagonist of Jon Krakauer’s “Into the Wild”), an astronaut (Catherine Coleman) and a C-list actor (Austin St. John best known for his role as the Red Power Ranger).