Showalter Classic continues to grow

Some 40 teams comprising 200 golfers competed in last week’s seventh annual Jeff Showalter Memorial Celebrity Golf Classic at Belmont Hills.

Direct beneficiaries were the Ohio Valley Christian Soldiers, a charitable organization geared towards aiding needy charities and organizations.

The Soldiers attracted another impressive list of sports personalities, including ex-Pittsburgh Pirates Grant Jackson, Kent Tekulve, Jim Rooker, Frank Thomas and John Candelaria.

Ex-Pittsburgh Penguin and current broadcaster Phil Bourque returned and has become a frequent participant in the event.

From the Pittsburgh Steelers, Hall of Famer Mel Blount led a contingent that included Robin Cole, Mike Merriweather, Justin Hartwig, Dick Hoak and Steve Avery.

Another frequent visitor to the Showalter event is George ‘Jif’ Wilson whose professional sports resume includes a 1964 Olympic Gold Medal as a member of the U.S. Basketball team in Tokyo.

Wilson makes the annual trek to Belmont County from his home base in Cincinnati where he is a retired teacher in the Cincinnati Public Schools system.

Following the Olympic games, Wilson enjoyed a successful career in the pro ranks, playing for the Cincinnati Royals, Chicago, Bulls, Phoenix Suns and Philadelphia 76ers….

Oglebay Park Club Championship Results

Bryan Myers was the overall club champion a third consecutive year, firing a two-day total 134, good for a five stroke margin over runnerup Mike Wilson who posted 139.

Myers was sharp in both rounds of the two-day event, carding a opening day 68 score and following with a second round of 66.

Wilson, who shot 75 in the first round, recovered to shoot a tournament best 64 on day two. Rounding out the top eight (with respective totals) were: Mike Ricci (142); Rico Simonetti (142); Bill Glitch (144); Bob Potts (144); Roger Kent (153) and Mike Potts (158).

In the First Flight, Dave Sims totaled 127 for a seven shot victory over runnerup Mike Greene (134). Rounding out the top ten were: Joe Hartman (135); Dan Petri (136); Mark Maguire, Sr. (138); Zach Sonnefeld (139); Jake Olsavsky (141); Jim Tysk (141); Kirk Nolte (143); Fred Wetzel (143).

Second Flight results included: Dan Tennant (139); Dave Slonaker (139); Gary Mercer (142); Harry Himrod (143); Ray Hornick (144); Dave Keding (144); Bernie Marcellus (144); Tony Copps (148); Duane Lescalet (154).

Third Flight results: Andy Garber (133); Cecil Chiplinski (136); Tim Pasinetti (137); Dom Granata (137); Scott Blass (137); Ron Johnson (142); Dave Eckman (142); Zach Eckman (143); John Green (151); Doug Hennen (151).

Another Full Field Expected For Annual Lee Ann Scramble

A full field of 36 teams is expected for this month’s upcoming Lee Ann Scramble set for Aug. 28 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.

Scholarship Recipients Announced

With the approach of the 11th Robert E. Kidder Cadiz High School Alumni Golf Outing, scholarship recipients have been announced. They are: Kyle Blanchard who will be attending Ashland College; Katie Dodds, who will be attending Walsh University; and Robert Applegarth who will be attending Marshall University.

Proceeds were raised by several local businesses, including Rosebud Mining, SJJ Associates Incorporated, Oxford Mining, Spearo Smith, and KC Tasty Treats, John Tabcchi Law Office, and Coffy’s Bi-Lo.

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.

Wheeling Country Club Junior Winners Announced

In the recently held Wheeling Country Club Junior Club Championship, Stuart Bloch II was overall winner, shooting 47 over nine holes in the 11-16-year old division. Jacob Nickell, who carded 48, was runnerup.

In the 5-10-year age division, Adam Nelson was overall champion, shooting 18 over three holes with Lleyton Slaysman totaling 20 for runnerup laurels.