OFF THE TEE: Myers captures Oglebay Park GC’s Alpha Speidel event

WHEELING — The Oglebay Park Golf Club held its annual Ye Olde Alpha Speidel event on the Jones Course last Sunday with a field of 96 players.

Bryan Myers continued his strong play, firing an impressive round of 71. He was four shots clear of runner-up Mike Wilson, John Monto, Freddie Fitzsimmons, Dave Shaffer and Bob Clark.

Checking in with 77s were Frank Bland Jr., Roger Waialae and Bob Lemmons Jr. Jay Davis carded a 78.

In the handicap scoring portion of the event, McKenzie O’Brien was the winner with a 64. Jim Dailer finished second with a 67, while Rod Lydick was third with a 68. Tom Gaudino and Morgan Coast both finished with a 69.

Closest to the pin prizes went to Terry Younkins (No. 4), Penn Kurtz (No. 7), Gary Cunningham (No. 11) and Rick Evans (No. 15). Skins were recorded by John Tarr (No. 1), Mike Wilson (No. 3), Penn Kurtz (No. 7) and Todd Nickoles (No. 16).

Zack Hood captured the longest putt title.

WHEELING PARK GOLF CLUB

The club held two events last week.

The Elm Grove Eagles #1891 9-hole, stroke-play event was held on April 24. Jay Davis won the medal division with a round of 35. Chris Bommer fired a 36 to finish second. Mike DeSantis was third with a 37 and Gary Mercer’s 38 was good enough for fourth. Tying for fifth were George Melnik, Rich Humphrey and Rodney Eikey, all of whom fired rounds of 39.

In the handicap scoring portion of the event, Dave Stauver prevailed with 33 over Don DeWitt, who also had a 33. Jim Ennis finished with a 34 and Joe Haught was fourth with a 35.

On April 28, the Kupfer Brothers Logging 2-man scramble was held. Art Lightner and Roger Kupfer prevailed with a 61. They were three shots better than Nick Klamut and Steve Usenick. Gary Mercer and Chris Bommer were third with a 66. Jim Kupfer and Rodney Eikey finished with a 55 to win the handicap scoring, while Todd Morrison and Mike DeSantis were second with a 56.

COLLEGE GOLF

The West Liberty men’s golf team is headed to the NCAA Division II Tournament. The Hilltoppers punched their ticket for the sixth straight season and will play May 9-11 at Totteridge Golf Club near Greensburg, Pa. West Liberty is one of 19 teams that will take part in the Atlantic Regional. The top three teams and top two finishers of those not on a qualifying team will advance to the national tournament at The Resort at Glade Springs in Daniels, W.Va.

Speaking of NCAA Golf Tournaments, both Ohio State and West Virginia qualified for the Division I Tournament. The Buckeyes will go to Myrtle Beach for the opening round, while the Mountaineers will head to Oklahoma.

ELKS JUNIOR TOURNAMENTS

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.

UPCOMING SCRAMBLES

THE THIRD annual St. Clairsville American Legion Post 159 golf scramble will be held on Saturday, May 11 at Cadiz Country Club. The entry fee is $80 per player or $320 for a team. The entry fee includes skins games, green fees, cart, on-course beverages and food. Coffee and pastries will be provided by Starbucks and dinner, provided by Nancy Z’s Catering, will be served at the legion following the round. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. and foursomes can be formed if needed. All proceeds benefit the Post 159 baseball team. For more information, or to register, please contact Randy Mellott at 740-338-0578 or via email at rando13@comcast.net

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 rocks.bcaband@yahoo.com

THE FIFTH annual Shadyside Boosters Golf Scramble is scheduled for Saturday, May 18 at Moundsville Country Club. The event will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The entry fee is $60 per individual or $240 per team. Prizes, food and refreshments are included in the prize. Signups are available at Eddie’s Barber Shop or by contacting Jerry Miller at 740-312-5023 or Corky Gehrig at 740-296-8405.

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.

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 rkonkoleski@belmontcollege.edu

THE UNITED Way Belmont County Golf Scramble will be held on Friday, May 24 at the Belmont Hills Country Club. The event will include a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start with the top three teams receiving prizes. The entry fee is $500 per team and it includes lunch, beverages on the course, dinner, door prizes and contests, which includes a chance to win a new car. For more information, contact BHCC at 695-2181.

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 21ST annual Niekro Classic will be held on Friday, June 21 at Belmont Hills Country Club.

There will once again be an open division and an all-Bridgeport division. The defending champions in the Bridgeport division are Jeff Herink (’86), Matt Herink (’17), Kevin Herink (’19) and Jonathan Kreiter (’14). The open division champions in 2018 were Donnie Cash, Gary Young, Todd Schambach and Anthony Reasbeck.

The entry fee is $100 per player and the proceeds benefit Bridgeport High School. The event with begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, or to register, please contact Gordie or Stephanie at 740-635-3895.

THE BELLAIRE Touchdown Club will be sponsoring its annual golf scramble on June 29 at Fairway River Links. More details will be forthcoming.

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 dphillips@barnesvillehospital.com

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