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OFF THE TEE: West Liberty’s Seabright set for NCAA Tournament

May 5, 2012
Times Leader

The West Liberty Hilltoppers golf team narrowly missed a trip to the NCAA Tournament, which begins today in Hershey, Pa. at the Hershey Country Club.

However, they're top player, Wheeling Park product Joey Seabright earned a trip as well as Ryan Thomson.

All told, there will be 20 teams and six individuals taking part in the tournament. The top five teams and two individuals - not on teams - will earn a trip to the Division II National Tournament, which will be held in Simpsonville, Ky. at Bellarmine University.


The Nau Hardware event was held on April 25. George Melnik won the event after he shot a round of 33. Larry Goodnight finished second with a round of 34. Roger Kupfer was third with a 37.

Jim Druschel won the handicap portion of the event with a 32. Rich Colley and Ed Toepfer each shot a 33. Martins Ferry head golf coach Joe Kosar checked in with a round of 33 to finish fourth.

The Borda's and Borda's 3-man mix event was held on April 29. The trio of Orie Robinson, Glenn Starkey and Kyle Wensel shot a 132. Kupfer, Mike Brickner and Ron Heatherly were second with a 132.

In the handicap division, Gary Mercer, Duane Lescalet and Chris Bommer teamed for a 129 and the title. Steve Domyan, Justim Domyan and Ken Miller posted a 130 for runner-up honors in the handicap division.


The Times Leader Sports Department would like to express its deepest sympathies to the family of Barnesville senior Chris Doty, who passed away this past week.

Doty was a standout golfer for the Shamrocks. He earned all-OVAC accolades this past season in Class 3A.


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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