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OFF THE TEE: More honors for Harrison’s Hirauk

April 21, 2012
By SETH STASKEY - Times Leader Sports Editor ( , Times Leader

Several former area golfers continued to shine on the spring collegiate golf scene last week.

The Wheeling Jesuit women's golf team claimed the Southern Regional WVIAC title Monday after a playoff against Concord.

Former Harrison Central standout Julie Hirauk finished with a round of 161, which was second on the team. Hirauk was a first-team all-conference selection, finishing second in the overall race, which includes the Northern Regional, WVIAC Championships and Southern Regional.

Jesuit is set to take part in the Gannon Spring Mixer in Clymer, NY today and Monday.

Former Wheeling Park standout Joey Seabright finished fifth in the 49th annual IUP-Spadafora Golf Invitational in Indiana, Pa. Seabright shot an opening-round 1-under to sit in second place, but posted a 2-over, 74, in the final round.

The Hilltoppers finished 10th overall as a team.



The league will hold an organizational meeting on Monday at Mr. Lee's Restaurant in Cambridge at noon. Anyone interested in joining the league should attend. Any questions please call Greg Clapper at 740-624-1651.

The league plays 9 holes every Monday at Robbins Ridge Golf Course near Senecaville. The cost of the round is $15, which includes a cart.


The Bella Via tournament was held last Sunday at Wheeling Park's Golf Course. Art Lightner won the 18-hole event by a shot over Roger Kupfer with a round of 64. Kyle Wensel and Bob McLaughlin each posted rounds of 71 and Rich Colley and Dan Willming finished in a tie for fifth with a round of 73.

Paul Carney won the handicap portion of the event with a round of 61. Jim Ennis was second with a round of 64.

Bob Geyer was third with a score of 66.

The Wheeling Spring Service event was held on April 11.

It was the same two players - Lightner and Kupfer - battling out for the medal title. Both shot a 33, but Lightner got the victory on a tie breaker. David Coram posted a 36 to finish third and Larry Goodnight was fourth with a round of 37. Dick Moore, Colley and Hunter Bryan all finished tied for fifth with a 38.

In the handicap division, Jim Druschel was the champion with a round of 34. Lloyd Carmichael was second with a 35.


The Men's Opening Day Tournament was held last weekend at the Wheeling CC. Lew Wright and Paul Exley teamed for the victory in the net division. There was a tie for second between Steve Bloch and Stuart Bloch II along with the duo of Jim Taylor and Carl Carenbauer. The winning duo shot minus-8, while the second place teams posted a minus-6.

Thadd Obecny and Thadd Obecny II won the gross with a round of 71. Carl Bippus and Greig Paetzold shot a 72.

Doug Molnar was the winner of the closest to the pin on No. 6 and Jay Adams was closest to the pin on No. 9.



If your best shots are the practice swing and the 'gimme putt', you might wish to reconsider this game.


The top three teams will receive a prize. The tournament is limited to the first 36 teams. For more information please contact Phil Pata at 695-0691.

The event is a four-person, better-ball scramble.

The cost includes: golf, cart and hot dog lunch. Sponsorships are also available for $50 each. For more information please call 740-624-1517 or email

The scramble is held to honor Jesse Ault, who was a member of the 82nd Airborne and then enlisted in the Virginia National Guard and served two tours of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom, but was killed by a roadside bomb in Tunnis, Iraq on April 9, 2008, which was just a little more than a month before he was scheduled to come home.

He's survived by a wife and three children. The proceeds of the scramble benefit the Jesse Ault Memorial Fund, which helps to sponsor a scholarship.

Staskey can be reached at



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