Maloney reigns supreme again in BHCC Women’s Championship

After last week’s men’s championship, we declared the tournament should be re-named the James Carson Invitational.

Well, we’re going into the naming rights’ event once again, but this time, for the women’s tournament, which was held a little more than a week ago.

For the 33rd time in 36 years, Esta Maloney was crowned the women’s club champion after she posted rounds of 84 and 85, respectively.

Maloney, who turned 70 on Friday, won her first BHCC Championship in 1976 and she’s made it a habit since.

“I’ve been fortunate, I guess,” Maloney said during a phone interview late last week. “Lord willing, and I’ve been blessed thus far that He’s allowed me to play as long as I have, I intend to continue playing.”

Maloney’s success shouldn’t come as a real shock to anyone seeing that she’s been an accomplished athlete nearly her entire life. And she’s not only accomplished in golf.

“I’ve fenced for about 10 years, played racket ball and jogged,” Maloney admitted. “I used to take lessons from Joe Stoddard, who was the (PGA) pro at Belmont Hills, when I first joined.”

Maloney, who is quick to point out that her game off the tee is what separates her from many of the other five women who played in the tournament, has cut down on her playing of late because of a battle with arthritis.

“I used to play five days a week,” Maloney said. “The arthritis really didn’t bother me at all during the tournament, but I did have a bad spell maybe a week before the tournament and I had to get a shot of cortizone. It’s been tough to grip the club at times.”

Though battling through the injury, Maloney put forth her average scores en route to the victory.

“I’m not playing as well as I used to,” Maloney said. “I’d like to get back in the 70s, and I’ve not been able to do that. But, when you’re not playing competitively, sometimes your concentration isn’t always there. I tend to play a little better when it’s a competitive round.”

Maloney, who had a 9:30 a.m. tee time Saturday morning, finished just ahead of her long-time playing partner and friend Linda Dowler.

St. Clairsville resident Mary Jane Vota won the net title at the club championship.



The annual Bec-Wood Hills Club Championship was held last weekend. Eric Coe claimed his second championship in the history of the event, posting a two-day score of 148.

Defending champion Bill Fox finished in a three-way tie for second with a score of 149. He was tied by four-time champion David Frey and Tom Stillmak, who is 63-years old.

Former Buckeye Local standout Jade Waligura finished with a 150. Michael Mayhugh, who is a former Martins Ferry Purple Rider and a current PGA Professional based in Columbus, posted a score of 151.



The John Kuntz Memorial Bestball event was held on Aug. 14. Art Lightner and Mike Crow teamed for the victory with a score of 62. John Wilson and John Wakim posted a 65 and finished second.

Nick Klamut and Bob McLaughlin also posted a 65 to finish third. John Artimez and Pete Barton finished with a 67.

The Florida Scramble, which is sponsored by Rich Moorehead, was held on Aug. 21. The foursome of George Melnik, John Wilson, Dan Willming and John Wakim posted a 51. Bob Green, Jim Ennis, McLaughlin and Nick Klamut scored a 55.

Art Lightner, Jim Drushel, Roger Kupfer and Ron Heatherly checked in in third place with a round of 55.


The Undo’s Two Man Best Ball event was held at Crispin Golf Course. Mike Ricci and Paul Kurtz finished with a round of 57 to win the title.

Jay Salva and Mike Mazure posted a round of 59, while Bryan Myers and Jay Grob also finished with a 59.

Bill “Tice” Glitch and Jim Dailer finished also posted a 59.

John Eikey and Rich Humphrey as well as Brian O’Konski and Phil Saseen both finished with rounds of 60.

Closest to the pins were awarded during the tournament. B.J. Widmer (Hole #2), Zach Sonnefeld (Hole #5 and #7), Mike Wetzel (Hole #10) and Ray Marino (Hole #13).

Winning gross skins were John Dunn and Chris Kelly.


I?was happy to see the report that Fred Couples, the United States captain for the upcoming President’s Cup, will invite Tiger Woods to be a part of the American team in Australia in November.

While, I?realize Tiger Woods hasn’t had a good season, battling injuries and distractions, but he’s still one of the best American golfers. He also attracts a huge audience to television ratings.

Something tells me that he’ll be rounding back into shape by the time the President Cup rolls around, which will be right around the two-year anniversary of when his career started to unravel when he wrecked his vehicle as his now ex-wife discovered his infidelities.


Red Oaks Course Hosts September Outing

Acuity Specialty is hosting its annual golf outing, Friday, Sept. 9 at the Red Oaks Golf Course in Bloomingdale. The event benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Coffee and donuts will be served during registration which begins at 9 a.m. with a 10:00 shotgun start to follow.

Players will be served lunch at the turn and a full-course steak dinner at the event’s conclusion. Prizes will be awarded to both men and women for special categories, including; Closest-to-the-pin; Longest drive; Longest putt and the overall first place team.

There is a $70 entry fee which includes green fees and cart. Teams are being sought. For additional information, phone Acuity Hospital at (740) 671-2075 or (740) 671-2075.

Another Full Field Set For Annual Lee Ann Scramble

A full field of 36 teams will tee it up today for the Lee Ann Scramble at Belmont Hills.

The event committee is pleased to welcome new major sponsors for 2011. They include: Bordas & Bordas Law Offices and Schiffler Cancer Center of Wheeling Hospital. Returning sponsors include: Grisell Funeral Home, Colerain Golf Car Sales, and Tim’s Custom Installations.

Monies raised at the event is used to assist cancer patients in the Ohio Valley.

Carder Memorial Scramble Set for Friday

THE MEMORY of Eric Carder will live on via a golf scramble. The inaugural Eric Carder Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, Sept. 2 at Oglebay’s Crispin Course.

The proceeds of the event will benefit the Eric Carder Scholarship Fund, which will be presented to a Wheeling Park High School student.

The event will begin at 12:30 p.m. with a shotgun start. The cost is $75 per player or $300 per team, which includes golf, cart, lunch, dinner, t-shirt and refreshments.

Several pieces of sports memorabilia will be up for auction during the event.

For more information about the tournament, please contact Matt Donovan at (614) 804-0783.

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