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OFF THE TEE: Former area standouts shine at WJU Invite

April 28, 2012
By SETH STASKEY - Times Leader Sports Editor ( , Times Leader

The annual Wheeling Jesuit golf Invitational wrapped up early last week at Moundsville Country Club. Davis & Elkins claimed the title with a score of 619.

West Liberty was second with a 620 and Wheeling Jesuit checked in with a fourth-place finish with 634.

The Hilltoppers were led by Ryan Thomson who posted with a 143. Former Wheeling Park standout Joey Seabright was third overall and second on the squad with a 151.

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THE PLANS for the inaugural Martins Ferry Fire Department Scramble are well under way. The committee, preparing for Saturday’s scramble, is pictured. Front row, from left, are Jack Regis Sr., Bob Hedger, Jimmy Weeks, Bill Rinderer and Zack Beck. Back row, from left, are Mike Reese, Jack Regis Jr., David Rice and Bobby Bennett.

Former Buckeye Local standout Andrew Strope fired rounds of 75 and 79 for a 154. He finished in a tie for fifth. Barnesville High product Bailey Warfield, who is a former OVAC champion, checked in with a round of 161, which was 19th overall and third on the Cardinals' squad.


JOE WURTZBACHER aced the 89-yard 5th hole at Oglebay Park's Crispin Course on April 20. Wurtzbacher used a pitching wedge for his feat, which was witnessed by Jay Tazar and Mike Crummitt.


The Belmont Hills Country Club will hold a demo day for Ping Golf Company today. Ping will have all of its new lines of equipment for players to try. The BHCC will also have its Vector Launch Monitor on hand to get players perfectly fitted for clubs.

Along with the demo days, the club is holding women's clinics on May 8, 9, 11, 15, 16 and 18 from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.


We'd like to send our best wishes for a speedy recovery to Wheeling Country Club PGA Professional Jason Martin. Martin underwent an operation to remove a polyp from his vocal box a little more than a week ago. He began speaking, again, early last week. But, he told me via email that he "will be taking it easy moving forward."

Jason is a very good representative of Wheeling CC and does a fabulous job in his position. Having said that, though, Jason is an even better guy. Hopefully, he's back up and running full go really soon.



The Stoney Hollow Tire event was held on April 18. The 9-hole stroke play event was captured by Doug Miller, who shot a 33. Roger Kupfer was second with a round of 34. David Coram and Art Miller each posted 36s.

In the handicap division, Mark Hartline prevailed with a 32. Lloyd Carmichael was second with a 33 and Rick Diefenbaugh was third with a 34.

The Joe and Pat Kuskey Memorial two-man scramble was held last Sunday. Dan Willming and Doug Miller teamed for the victory with a score of 60. John Artimez and Jeff Miller also posted a 60, but settled for second on the tie breaker. Art Lightner and Mike Crow were third in the medal division.

Bob Hicks and Ted Koski claimed the handicap title in the event with a score of 57. Gary Mercer and Peter Barton teamed for the runnr-up finish, while Orie Robinson and Glen Starkey were third.



"The term 'mulligan' is really a contraction of the phrase 'maul it again.'"


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.

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