Though it's felt like fall much of July, the summer golf season is starting to wind down.
Golf courses are still plenty busy and will be throughout much of the fall, but courses and clubs are starting to host their club championship events.
The Wheeling Park Golf Club held its President's Club event on July 26-27 and David Coram prevailed with a two-day score of 135. He shot a 70 and followed that up on the second day by going five shots lower.
Dan Willming was second with a 137 and Roger Kupfer was third. He, too, finished with a 137. George Melnik (143), Doug Miller (144) and Mike Brickner (144) rounded out the top five in the medal scoring.
Art Lightner captured the handicap scoring with a 130. He edged Bob McLaughlin, Jim Ennis, Bob Doran and Bob Geyer for the title.
Along with the individual stroke play titles, the club's bestball championships were also decided.
Orie Robinson and Coram teamed for a 127 to prevail in the medal division. Brickner and Kupfer were second with a score of 130. Lightner and Heatherly finished third in the division with a 131.
Joe Kosar and Doug Miller finished with a 118 to win the best-ball handicap scoring. They were three shots better than Ennis and Bob Green.
Prior to the start of the championship events, the season continued with the Greco's Scotch Bestball Scramble. Robinson and Coram teamed for a 30 and the victory. Helms and Lightner finished second with a 32.
In the handicap scoring, Mercer and Bommer posted a round of 29 for the championship. Slonaker and Hartline finished second in a playoff with a 29.
The Orie and Michelle Robinson two-man scramble was held on July 20. Kupfer and Druschel joined forces for a 132 and the victory in the medal division. Lightner and Crow added a 138 to finish second.
Moore and Colley notched the victory in the handicap scoring with a 132.
KUDOS TO BELMONT HILLS
Ron Baker, Nick Bauman, Butch Brunner and the entire staff at Belmont Hills deserve major props for hosting a very impressive junior tournament last Monday that was captured by future Alderson Broaddus Battler Seth Vannoy.
A ton of area of junior players have been taking part in events all summer, so it was good for them to get one of their final tuneups at an area course that they'll be playing in the coming weeks as the high school season heats up.
Hopefully, the event becomes an annual staple to the summer tour. To have 40-plus players is a good number that's only going to grow.
The Crystal Springs Junior Golf Tournament was held last Tuesday at Hopewell, OH's Crystal Springs Golf Club.
The top finisher from the area was Buckeye Trail product Jed Burga, who finished with a 79. Overall, that was good enough for a ninth-place finish.
St. Clairsville's Chase Wieth fired a 91 in the event.
On Monday, the First National Bank Junior Golf Tour's Tournament of Champions was staged at Union Country Club's par 72 layout.
Burga finished second overall in the 16-18 year old division with a round of 84.
Martins Ferry's Luke Krol was second in the 12 and under division with a round of 43.
Bryan Myers just keeps on keeping on in his quest for yet another OVGA title. He claimed the championship in the 15th annual John Rasz Memorial held at Highland Springs Golf Course last weekend.
Myers put together rounds of 70 and 71 to hold off Buckeye Local product Jade Waligura for the crown. Waligura finished two shots back, but shot a tournament-low round of 67 on Sunday.
David Frey - the Martins Ferry graduate - tied for third with OVGA legend Larry Lis Jr. with scores of 145. B.J. Tulodzieski shot a 146 to round out the top five.
Greg Humienny shot a 157 over two days to win the 'B' Flight, while Dave Minda and Gary Schrickel both posted a round of 142 for the tie in the senior flight.
WOMEN'S WEST VIRGINIA OPEN
A handful of Ohio Valley players took part in the 91st annual West Virginia Women's Amateur at The Club at Cress Creek earlier this week.
Patti Maroney of Glen Dale captured the First Flight championship with a three-day score of 245.
Wheeling's Tina Phillips shot a 276, including a solid round of 80 on the final day to finish second in the Second Flight.
The 17th annual Pat Clutter Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Friday at Oglebay Park's Crispin Course. Tee off is slated for 1 p.m.
The event is expected to draw a full field and is utilized to raise money for a scholarship that benefits Ohio Valley students who plan on going on to study communications.
The entry fee is $75 per player or $300 per team and that includes golf, lunch, steak dinner, beverages and contests. For more information, please call 304-242-3344.
The 12th annual Barnesville Hospital Auxiliary Golf Scramble will be played at Belmont Hills Country Club on Monday, Aug. 11 with the tournament beginning with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.
The entry fee is $120 and that includes golf, beverages, lunch and dinner, along with several contests and various skill games.
Doan Ford is sponsoring a hole-in-one prize of a 2014 Ford Fusion if a player records a hole-in-one on the par 3 second hole.
According to a release on the scramble, the event is held to serve as a community outreach event for the hospital and also to serve as a fundraiser for the auxiliary. The Barnesville Hospital Auxiliary recently donated $250,000 to the hospital's Emergency Department Expansion and renovation project.
For more information, please contact Joe Jeffries at 740-425-5108 or Michael Carpenter at 740-425-5109.
As staggering as it is to believe, high school golf practice begins on Friday and the first matches, in Ohio, are permitted in about a week. The Times Leader's annual golf preview will be contained in Sunday, Aug. 3.
Area coaches are encouraged to submit their rosters, team information to me via email at the address below.
The 10th - and final - Jeffrey Showalter Classic golf tournament is set for Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the picturesque Belmont Hills County Club just west of St. Clairsville.
Sponsored by the Ohio Valley Christian Soldiers, the event has raised a ton of money for various groups and organizations around the Ohio Valley.
One key to the tournament, which is held in honor of Jeffrey Showalter who was killed in an accident in 2004, is the wide range of former professional athletes that annually grace the star-studded field.
Some of those celebrities that have already confirmed to play in the event include former Ohio State running back and two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin; professional kickboxer Bernard "Swiftkick" Robinson and his son Bernard "Swiftkick" Robinson, Jr.; local favorites Bob Bruney and Bob Butts; Bob Cook; Brock Woods (Wheeling Thunderbirds/Nailers); Claudio Reilsono; Devon McDonald (Pitt/Indianapolis Colts); Don Donatelli; Doug Donley; Ed Breehl; Frank Marchlewski; Frank Thomas; George Wilson; Gerry Myers; Herman Weaver (Detroit Lions); Ike Kelley; Jamie caleb; Jeremy Uhlenhake (Ohio State); Jim Bradshaw (Pittsburgh Steelers); Jim Herren; Jim Rooker (Pittsburgh Pirates); John Candelaria (Pittsburgh Pirates); John Stofa (NFL); John Thierry; Kirk Mee; Lance Mehl (Bellaire, Penn State, N.Y. Jets); Les Cheney; Marv Kellum (Pittsburgh Steelers); Mel Blount (Pittsburgh Steelers); Mike Ciccirella; Paul Filla; Pete Gonzalez (Pitt); Randy Grossman (Pittsburgh Steelers); Robin Cole (Pittsburgh Steelers); Rod Morris; Sal Genilla; Sid Bream (Pittsburgh Pirates/Atlanta Braves); Todd Erdos (N.Y. Yankees); and Travis Hughey.
OV Seniors Tournament
One of the oldest tournaments in the Ohio Valley will tee it up on Aug. 25 at Wheeling Country Club.
The Ohio Valley Seniors Golf Association, consisting of clubs from Belmont Hills, Cadiz, East Liverpool, Moundsville, Steubenville, Wheeling and Williams Country Club, will hold its event at Wheeling CC.
This will be a medal and handicap event for players over 50. The age groups are 50-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79 and 80 and above.
Dan Daily is the defending champion in the event and the overall team victor was the squad from Belmont Hills.
For more information, contact Phil Pata at 695-0691. To enter the tournam
The Annual John Marshall Softball Golf Scramble will be held Saturday, Aug. 16th at the Moundsville Country Club. The four-person scramble begins at 2 p.m., with registration at 1 p.m.
Entry fee is $70 per person or $280 per team, and includes 18 holes of golf with cart, food & beverages. Cash prizes will be presented to the top two teams, and there will also be individual awards.
For more information, please contact Ed West at 304-845-1651, or email MonarchSoftballBoosters@gmail.com
THE MARTINS Ferry American Legion Post #38 will hold a 3-man golf scramble on Saturday, Aug. 9 at Paradise Hills Golf Course with a shotgun start slated for 9 a.m. The cost is $50 per player and there's an optional $5 skins game. The cost includes: golf, cart, refreshments, prizes, door prizes and food. The scramble is open to the public. For more information, please contact 633-1494.
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