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OFF THE TEE: Harrison’s Hirauk shines for WJU

April 14, 2012
By SETH STASKEY - Times Leader Sports Editor ( , Times Leader

The Wheeling Jesuit women's golf team is enjoying a solid spring season thus far.

One of the key contributors to its success is former Harrison Central standout Julie Hirauk.

Last weekend, the Lady Cardinals took part in the John D. Barbour Memorial Tournament, which was held at Stonewall Jackson in Weston, W.Va.

Jesuit finished second as a team with a score of 713 and all four its players cracked the top 15 overall of the tournament.

Hirauk was the Lady Cardinals' leader, posting a round of 89 and then followed that up with a solid performance of 84. All told, her 173 shots was good enough for fifth place overall.

Today, the Lady Cardinals tee it up at the WVIAC Southern Regional at Glades Springs Resort in Daniels, W.Va. The two-day tournament concludes on Monday.

THE WEST LIBERTY men's golf team had an impressive week. It claimed the Northern Regional Quad title at Oglebay Park's Palmer Course with a score of 306.

Reigning WVIAC Player of the Year Joey Seabright finished second overall and led the Toppers with a score of 74. Jeff Ferda, Zac Greshman, Ryan Thompson and standout Hilltoppers' basketball player Tim Hausfeld rounded out the scoring cards.

West Liberty's squad is in action today in the Cecil Spadafora Invitational at the Indiana, Pa. Country Club.

The West Liberty women's team also took part in the aforementioned Barbour Memorial Tournament, closing with a round of 756. Sarah Relyea led the way with a round of 171, which was good enough for second overall.

River High product Samantha Knowlton finished with a 193, which was good enough for third on the squad.


The golf courses at Oglebay Park are some of the nicest the Ohio Valley has to offer. The Speidel Golf Course, which was designed by Robert Trent Jones. One of Jones' chief apprentices when the course was being built was Ron Kirby.

According to a press release from Oglebay Park, Kirby "has returned to Oglebay to direct the restoration of the sand bunkers."

Many of the bunkers on the original course, which was Jones' "first attempt at such a hilly site" has been "lost or altered due to wear and weather."

Kirby's goal is simple in his return to Wheeling.

"My goal is to make the bunkers easier and less costly to maintain while restoring the character that Jones had envisioned," Kirby said in the release.

The new bunkers, which are being installed, will be smaller, deeper and filled with a better quality sand.

"We plan to match the sand to what is used at the newer Palmer Course," said Jones Course Superintendent Nick Janovich. "The sand not only looks good, but it also drains better."

The course remains open during the project.


The Wheeling Country Club held its annual Good Friday Open on April 6.

The top three teams received prizes in the event, which drew a large field of golfers.

The winning team was comprised of Jay Guthrie, Dave Miller, Tim Leonard and Jacob Nickell. The foursome shot a combined 19 under.

The second place team, consisting of Carl Bippus, Jared Jorden, J.W. 4 and John Reasbeck, posted a round of 135, which was good for six under.

The third-place award was a tie between the team of Alex Saseen, Mike Bailey, Jon Berardinelli and Carl Carenbauer along with the team of Paul Joanou, Christian Sonnefeld, Jim Buch and Mike Carl. Those teams shot a combined 136 and five under.

Saseen won the closest to the pin on No. 12 for the players with a 10 handicap of below. Jim Buch was the winner of the closest to the pin for the players with 11 handicap or higher.



"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.

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