OFF THE TEE: Dowler Scramble set to tee it up on May 20 at BHCC

The annual Thomas R. Dowler Memorial Golf Classic has become a staple of the spring calendar.

For the eighth time, the event will be held at Belmont Hills Country Club and is expected to attract a large field of competitors. The event’s proceeds benefit the Thomas R. Dowler Fund at Belmont College. That fund helps Belmont College students. It was established to help the mission of Belmont College.

The scramble will be held on Monday, May 20 with a shotgun start slated for noon. Registration and lunch will begin at 11 a.m.

“Mr. Dowler, former President of the Board, played an integral part in building the Belmont College Foundation, and his love of the college was evident to all those who knew him,” said R.J. Konkoleski, Vice President of Advancement and Marketing. “We are excited to have this golf scramble, our premier community event, in Mr. Dowler’s memory as Belmont College’s way of continuing his legacy.”

The entry fee includes golf, cart, lunch, beverages and dinner after the round. There will be skill prizes, including two chances to win a vehicle, courtesy of Doan Ford and Whiteside.

For more information, to register or become a sponsor of the event, please contact Konkoleski at 699-3980 or via email at


The league began its season with the Ohio Valley Awards Tournament. The medal title went to Rich Humphrey, who edged out Jay Davis on a scorecard playoff after both posted rounds of 34. Mark Maguire (38), Chris Bommer (40) and George Melnik (41) rounded out the top five.

In the handicap scoring, Tom Mitchell prevailed by a stroke over Bill Picard. Mitchell posted a 34. Others in the top five were Mike Mazure (38), Jim Ennis (38) and Don DeWitt (38).


The Oglebay Park Golf Club held its second tournament on April 7 when 114 players took part in the annual Allen Kage Memorial Snowbird on Oglebay Park’s Crispin Course.

Bryan Myers captured the medal championship with an impressive round of 61. He was six shots clear of Bob Clark, Jade Waligura and Rich Humphrey. Bob Potts was fifth with a 68.

In the handicap scoring division, T.C. Chappalear was the winner with a 64. He edged out Joe Key, Greg Woodfin and Dan Angalich. Cody Anderson was fifth with a 65.

The closest to the pin prizes went to Jake Fulleron (No. 2), Bob Potts (No. 5), Myers (No. 7), Bob Lemmons (No. 10) and Greg Gaudino (No. 13). The skins were captured by Rich Humphrey (No. 3), Fullerton (No. 4) and John Rocchi (No. 13).


West Liberty’s Alex Easthom was named the Mountain East Conference Freshman of the Year and Sean Trapp was named to the conference’s first team. The teams were named after the conference’s spring event held at the Urbana Country Club.


The Wheeling Elks Lodge #28 is sponsoring a pair of junior golf tournaments. A par 3 tourney will be held at Oglebay Park on Wednesday, June 26 for ages 7-9 years old. Registration will run from 10:30 a.m. until the shotgun start at 11 a.m. The top three placers will receive an award. Refreshments will be provided after the round at the Haller Shelter.

An 18-hole event will be held at Crispin Course for players 10-18 on the same day. The event will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. The 10-12 year olds will play from the gold tees, the 13-15 year olds will play from the white and 16-18 from the blue (for boys). For the girls, the 10-12 will play the gold tees, the 13-15 will play the reds and the 16-18 will play the reds. The top three players will receive awards and refreshments will be provided after the round at the Haller Shelter.

For more information, please contact Bob Joseph at 304-277-4446 or Shane Rice at 304-243-4050. Both events are open to the first 80 players.


THE 28TH annual Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling Inc. Golf scramble will be held on Friday, May 3 at 1 p.m. At Oglebay Park’s Crispin Center. The entry fee is $75 per player if registered by April 28, but it increases to $85 per player and that includes golf, cart, lunch, dinner, awards and prizes. Five levels of sponsorships are also available. For more information, or to register, please call 304-233-2992.

THE FOURTH annual ‘Swinging with the Band’ benefit golf scramble to support the Barnesville Community Alumni Band will be held on Saturday, May 11. The event will begin with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The entry fee is $125 per player and it includes golf, cart, skins, mulligans, lunch and dinner and beverages on the course. The top three teams will receive prizes and there will be special prizes for longest drive and closest to the pin. Doan Ford is sponsoring a car to go to a player who records a hole-in-one on a pre-determined hole. The event is limited to 36 teams. For more information, contact Rick at 740-238-1563 or email

THE 20TH annual Sons of Italy Bellaire Lodge #754 will hold its annual golf scramble on Monday, June 3 at Oglebay Park’s Crispin Course. The event will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $200 for a four-man team. The cost includes golf, cart, refreshments on the course, dinner at the Haller Shelter. The top three teams will receive prizes. The event is limited to the first 36 teams to register. For more information, please contact Phil Pata at 695-0691.

THE SHAMROCK Bowling Golf Scramble will be held on July 27th at Salt Fork State Park. The event will begin with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. The cost is $60 per player or $240 per team. The top two teams will receive prizes. There will be door prizes and raffles, too. For more information, contact Nick Saffield at

THE BARNESVILLE Hospital Scramble will be played on Aug. 2 at Belmont Hills Country Club. A shotgun start will be held at 10 a.m. and awards and dinner are slated for 3 p.m. The 17th annual event is the largest fundraiser of the year for the hospital auxiliary.

The cost to enter is $120 per player and it includes golf, lunch, dinner, prizes and refreshments on the course. There are also four levels of sponsorships available.

For more information, conact David Phillips at 740-425-5101 or via email at