OFF THE TEE: Oglebay Park GC’s John Tarr III Memorial Event staged

The Oglebay Park Golf Club teed it up once again last Sunday, but the venue shifted to the Cadiz Country Club.

The club’s fourth tournament of the season — the John Tarr III Memorial Tournament — attracted 83 players, utilizing a two-man, 50 percent best ball format.

The winning duo was Tom Stillmak and Jade Waligura, who finished with a 65. Jay Davis and Brian Ghaphrey finished second with a 68, while Mike Wetzel and George Templin also had a 68.

Finishing fourth with a round of 69 were Dave Angalich and Dan Angalich. Travis Nelson and T.C. Chappelear and Cody Anderson and Galen Provost finished with a round of 70.

Posting 71s were the duos of Dave Angalich and Tom Kochalka; Frank Bland and Greg Woodfin; Mack Maguire and Mike Wilson and Jim Dailer and Bill Glitch.

The closest to the pin prizes went to Chappelear (No. 2), Gary Kenamond (No. 8), Gary Yahn (No. 11) and Todd Nickoles (No. 13).

There were three skins during the day and those went to Waligura (No. 9), Chappelear (No. 12) and Woodfin (No. 13).


The Marietta College golf team just wrapped up its spring season by finishing tied for third in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament at River Greens Golf Course in West Lafayette. The Pioneers, who improved by more than 90 shots from the 2018 event, were led by Meadowbrook product Devin Webster. The former all-OVAC player tied for ninth overall at 11 over par. He carded four rounds in the 70s to garner all-OAC honors.


Larry Landtiser recorded an ace at Belmont Hills Country Club last Tuesday. He used a 9-iron to record his second career hole-in-one, which occurred on the 120-yard 14th hole. His shot was witnessed by Rennie Minor, Andy Yanok and Dave Diosi.


The Country Pride Restaurant event was held last week. Jay Davis shot a 33 to win the medal division thanks to a scorecard playoff over Rich Humphrey. Joe Wurtzbacher was third with 40, while Mark Mazure signed for a 40 for fourth place.

In the handicap scoring portion of the event, Jim Ennis won with a 36. Joe Kosar also finished with a 36. Others with a 36 were Rodney Eikey, Tom Mitchell, Don DeWitt and Rick Diefenbaugh.

The Johnson Boiler 9-hole event was held last Wednesday. Davis prevailed again with a 35, which was two shots better than Roger Kupfer. Mitchell finished third with a 39, while Art Lightner was fourth in 41. Tying for fifth were Ennis and Doug Miller at 41.

In the handicap scoring, Terry Younkins prevailed with a 29. He was two shots better than Joe Haught and five shots clear of Tony Campbell.


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.


Professional golf can only hope that the start of the majors season is just a sign of things to come for 2019. Tiger Woods thrilling, come-from-behind win at the Masters in April is something none of us will forget anytime soon.

The adjustment of the calendar caused the PGA Championship, which had been held in August, to be moved into May and it’s now upon us. Bethplage Black — a former host of the U.S. Open — will welcome the world’s best players this week, all of whom are seeking the Wanamaker Trophy.

In case you’re wondering, Woods have a history on the course. He captured one of the U.S. Open titles he owns at Bethpage, which is located just outside of New York City.

Could Woods be on his way to a Tiger Slam? Obviously, it’s mathematically possible, but there are so many good players on the tour that it’s going to be extremely difficult. However, Woods, who hasn’t played competitively since winning the Masters, was so impressive with his ball striking during the Masters that it’s definitely a possibility.

For me, picking Woods would be simply too easy. Though, I’ll be pulling for Woods to win, I am going to pick Justin Thomas to win his second PGA Championship.


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 EIGHTH annual Sardis Volunteer Fire Department golf scramble will be held on Saturday, May 18 at Fairway Riverside Golf Course in Sardis. The event will begin at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start. The cost to enter is $200 for a team of four, which will include golf, cart, breakfast, lunch and beverages. For more information, contact Kevin Winkler at 740-310-0610 or via email at

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

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