The Jeffrey Showalter Memorial Golf Classic didn't just develop into one of the premier golf events in the Ohio Valley because of the celebrities it drew, the teams it drew or how well it treated its participants.
Obviously, those all helped the cause. However, first and foremost, the big part of the draw was to honor the late Jeffrey Showalter and to aide the Ohio Valley Christian Soldiers, who have helped numerous groups and individuals in its still relatively brief history.
Over the course of the history of the event, the Showalter Scramble generated almost $300,000, all of which went back to help the communities of the Ohio Valley.
"It is truly a bitter-sweet feeling knowing that this was our last event, but I am so happy we ended on a high note," said event co-chair Dave Diosi. "We hope people who participated will remember ten enjoyable and fun-filled years."
This year's event, which was held on Aug. 13 at Belmont Hills Country Club, generated $34,584, which is the third most of all time.
"We are very pleased with the 10th and final year's net profit," OVCS' Ted Showalter, who is the father of the young man for whom the event is named. "Thanks again to all of the sponsors- major, in-kind and tee/green donors, golf participants, volunteers and celebrities who made this a successful event over the past decade. We are truly appreciative and humbled by all of the support."
The most successful year - according to the figures supplied by the Ohio Valley Christian Soldiers - came in 2012 when the scramble genrated a $38,065 profit.
The second best year was in 2010 when a profit of $36,207 was generated.
The worst year was the inaugural event and still $21,000 was generated.
"Jeffrey Showalter's name and memory will live on in our hearts and minds forever as well," Diosi said.
As I've written in the past, the Showalter Scramble was always one of the most enjoyable and top-shelf golf events I've taken part in. Everyone, not just the special guests, felt like a celebrity because of how well the Ohio Valley Christian Soldiers treated all of the participants.
Kudos to the Christian Soldiers for their work - not just on the golf tournament - but for the Ohio Valley. Here's to many years of dedicated service to the residents of the Ohio Valley.
Onward, Christian Soldiers!
WHEELING PARK GOLF LEAGUE
The annual Club Tournament was held on Aug. 24 at Wheeling Park. Winning the 18-hole event was Dan Willming, who fired a 67. That was good enough by a single shot to win the title.
Roger Kupfer was second with a 67 and Art Lightner was third with a 68. Jim Ennis fired a 71 and Nick Klamut was fifth with a 72.
In the handicap scoring, Paul Carney was the winner with a round of 63. Bill Caldwell finished second with a 64. Joe Kosar was third with a 64. Rounding out the top five were Shawn Schwertfeger (66) and Bob Green (69).
ROBBINS RIDGE GOLF
Gary McBeth had both of the closest to the pins during the weekly league held near Senecaville. The low gross teams were Pilck and McJessey along with Stavroff and Mayberry. Those two duos also posted the low net teams.
The weekly Senecaville Senior League results are as follows:
Results: Allender/Davis 2, Peters/Hartley 0; Pontius/Harr 2, Koegler/Robinson 0; Clapper/Magers 2, Coblenz/Arnold 0; Pilck/McJessey 2, Stevens/Hartley 0; Spratt/Christman 2 , Gander/Wickham 0, Williams/Ruppel 2, Bodner/McGee 0 ;
Millhone/Ullmann 2, Schultice/Modock 0; Stavroff/Mayberry 2, trot/Kapolka 0; Samida/bell 1, StClair/Carpenter 1.
The West Liberty Hilltopper men's team was voted sixth in the Mountain East Conference Poll released late last week. The Toppers garnered 77 points in the voting, conducted by the coaches. They trail only Charleston and Notre Dame College.
Wheeling Jesuit was picked sixth in the league. The Cardinals' women were also chosen sixth in their poll.
JUNIOR HIGH GOLF
I've always wondered why more schools don't offer junior high golf. The game's growing in popularity and more kids are playing, why not offer it at the junior high level?
The more rounds you play, the better you'll become. It's a game of repetition and skill.
Barnesville is the lone area school - at least that I am aware of - that fields a junior high golf team. The squad had a match on Monday in Nashport against West Muskingum and Tri-Valley.
The young Shamrocks posted a 218. The top four scorers were Payne Johnson, Zach Thompson, Tyler Willison and Dryden Bauman. Their scores are basically irrelevant. The fact of the matter is they're playing the game and getting better, which is the chief objective.
The Caldwell boys' basketball and football programs will host a fall golf outing for the purpose of raising funds for both programs on Sunday, Oct. 5 with a shotgun start planned for 8 a.m.. Cost is $220 per team ($55 per player) for 18 holes of golf, a t-shirt, door prize drawings and a meal provided by the programs. A skins game and mulligans will be available. Prizes for longest drive, longest putt, closest to the pin, and closest second shot will also be awarded. Beverages will be available on the course throughout the day. Cash prizes will be awarded to first and second place teams. Entry is limited to the first 20 teams registered. Sponsorships are available. For more information contact Clint Crane (740) 221-9008 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
NARDO MEMORIAL SCRAMBLE
The inaugural Dominick Nardo Memorial Scholarship Golf Scramble will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Belmont Hills Country Club with a shotgun start slated for 9 a.m. The entry fee is $125 per player and that includes golf, lunch, beverages, snacks, dinner and prizes.
For more information, to register a team or become a sponsor, please contact Mike Drake (740-310-1271), Staci Butkus (740-391-0877) or Melissa Freeman (740-391-9491.
OFF THE TEE UPDATE
The Off The Tee section has been well received all spring and summer. I am appreciative of all of the people who submitted results and information for use in the section. The section will, however, continue through September, but just on Sundays. There will not be a Thursday edition of Off The Tee. So, keep sending in your information, results, aces, etc.
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