For a few days, at least, the weather broke and felt like spring.
You'd better believe golf courses around the Ohio Valley felt the urge of so many to get out and fight off their winter blues.
Belmont Hills Country Club is one of those places that saw a significant rise in traffic last week as Club Professional Ron Baker gets another season on the Par 72 layout under way.
"We've been ready and anxious to get started," Baker said. "People are starting to get out and play more and more. We're excited."
Belmont Hills will once again host several outside events, including big tournaments such as the Butch Soukup Memorial, the Tom Dowler Memorial, Bridgeport Niekro Scramble, the Showalter Memorial, LeeAnn Schambach Memorial in August and the Hoffman Hustle in June.
Plus, OUE will host a college tournament at BHCC and a new event to benefit the St. Clairsville Elementary School project will be held.
Along with the outside events, Belmont Hills will once again sponsor more than 20 club tournaments throughout the spring and summer.
The two crown jewels of the schedule are the 45th annual Member-Guest Invitational, which Vince Oswald and Aris Andrews are the defending champions of, and the annual club championship, which Dave Clark captured last summer.
The Member-Guest will be held from July 11-13 and the championship will be held on Aug. 10-11. The women's club championship date hasn't been formally established.
The club, which hosted an Adams Golf Demo Day on Saturday, will host a Ping and Taylor Made event this Saturday. It will run from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and is open to the public.
Along with the demo days, the club will also host ladies' golf clinics, starting in May. And those, too, are open to non members. Junior golf clinics will be hosted by Baker and will begin in June.
WHEELING PARK GOLF CLUB
The Bella Via Tournament was held as part of the Wheeling Park Golf Club on April 7. David Coram was the winner with a round of 70. Kyle Wensel finished second in the medal division with 71.
Ron Heatherly prevailed in the handicap division with a round of 64. Freddie Fitzsimmons was two shots back with a 66.
The Johnson Boiler event was held on Thursday. Coram prevailed again with a round of 34 in the medal division. Roger Kupfer was second at 35. Colley, John Artimez were third and fourth, respectively.
In the handicap division, Robbie Evans prevailed with a round of 33. Dave Yeager was second with a 33. Jim Ennis fired a 34 to finish third.
The Saints Club is preparing for its second annual Butch Soukup Memorial Golf Scramble. The event will be held at Belmont Hills Country Club on Sunday, May 5. Last year's tournament was deemed a great success with 32 teams taking part in the event. There are high hopes that the entire field will be filled this year with 36 squads. Last year's tournament raised $3,000, which was donated directly to the St. Clairsville golf program. The tournament is a 4-man scramble with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Starbucks will be supplying coffee and pastries at 8:15 a.m. The cost is $65per man and that includes beverages on the course, food at the turn and a chicken dinner after the event at Red Devil Stadium. Bill Kerschbaumer Allstate Financial is handling the $25,000 hole-in-one on the second hole. Bob Sabo Insurance is sponsoring a $5,000 prize for a person making an 80-foot putt on the ninth green prior to the event starting. Major sponsors for the event are: the Soukup Family, Jenkins Sporting Goods, Saints Club, Schumacher Construction, The Clayton Family, Perry and Associates and Whitesides. For more infornation, please call 695-2406.