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Saints Club Scramble to honor Soukup and benefit Red Devils’ golf program

April 7, 2012
By SETH STASKEY - Times Leader Sports Editor ( , Times Leader

The St. Clairsville Saints Club Scramble has been one of the long-running area tournaments, but this year the tournament has taken on a new name and a new cause.

Tournament Director Randy Mellott formally announced the event as the inaugural Saints Club/Butch Soukup Memorial Scramble.

"Butch was one of our lifetime members (of the Saints Club)," Mellott said. "He passed away last June and I approached the family about re-naming the meet in honor of him, and they were in favor."

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THE SAINTS Club/Butch Soukup Memorial Golf Scramble, which will benefit the St. C. golf prorgram, will be held on Sunday, May 6 at Belmont Hills Country Club. Front row, from left, are St. C. golf coach Rick Oberdick, tournament director Randy Mellott, Lil Soukup, Butch’s widow and golf team member Zach Keylor. Back row, from left, are golf team member Adam Jeffries, golf team member Jared Burghy and BHCC Club Professional Ron Baker.

The proceeds of the scramble, which will be held on Sunday, May 6 at Belmont Hills Country Club, will benefit the highly successful St. Clairsville golf program.

"Butch loved the game of golf and he loved the Saints Club, which is why we did this," Mellott said. "The golf parents have been behind this 100 percent and actually have gone out and gotten hole sponsors for us. Golf is one of those programs that doesn't make money, and it's difficult when they're at day-long tournaments and they need money to eat or things like that."

The cost to enter the tournament is $50 per player, which includes golf, cart, steak dinner after the round in a building near Red Devil Stadium and a commemorative t-shirt.

Along with numerous door prizes, a player will have a chance to win $25,000 for a hole-in-one on the par 3, number two. That's being sponsored by Bill Kirschbaumer at Allstate Financial.

Before the shotgun start at 9 a.m., a player will be randomly drawn to putt from 60 feet away. If the player sinks the putt, it's worth $10K.

For more information, contact Mellott at 740-338-0578.


The annual Ice Breaker Tournament was held last Saturday at Belmont Hills Country Club in St. Clairsville. The member's only event was claimed by the team of Larry Blake, Chuck Baker, Bryan Woodford and Ron Hughes.

Larry Landtiser and Rick Frio were the champions of the A&B Flight. Matt Lucki and Rennie Minor were the runnersup in the A and B Flight.

Woodford and Hughes won the C and D Flight, while Jeff Bohus and Bill Sokolowski were second in the C and D Flight.

The winners of the closest to the pins were Jack Carpenter and EdJu Gavarkavich.



The annual Elm Grove Civics event was held last Sunday. Rich Colley won the medal division crown with a round of 71. Mike Brickner also fired a 71.

Roger Kupfer finished third with a 72. Bob McLaughlin shot a 73 to finish fourth. David Coram and Larry Goodnight each shot a 74 to tie for fifth.

In the handicap division, Gary Mercer prevailed with a round of 67. Lloyd Carmichael finished second with a 71. Chris Bommer, Dan Willming and Ted Kosky each shot rounds of 71 to finish third through fifth, respectively based on their handicaps being figured into their score.

Late last week, the golf club held its Johnson-Boiler sponsored event. Art Lightner prevailed with a 35. George Melnik and Gary Cooey finished and second and third, respectively with rounds of 35.

Jeff Miller won the handicap portion of the tournament with a round of 32. Bruce Melnik and Brian Syrylo both shot a 33, but Melnik earned the runner-up status.



The West Virginia Conference announced the 2012 all-conference men's golf team after the WVIAC Southern Regional Tournament early ast week.

West Liberty's Joey Seabright was named WVIAC men's player of the year and his coach, Mike Ricci, was named the conference's coach of the year.



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