Sands Electric Winners crowned

One of the area’s most popular and fun events of the golf calendar was held with a full field of players last Sunday at Belmont Hills Country Club.

The 27th annual Sands Electric Company Golf Classic was held with 28 golfers taking part on the par 72 layout.

The players are broken into teams of two by random draw and then play best ball/scramble style.

The duo of Bill Mumley and Dr. John Pokas claimed the title after shooting a 5-under round of 67. Their score was one shot better than Ted Ducker and Kurt Frasnelly.

Three squads checked in with rounds of 2-under 70. Those were: Mike Mason and Jimmy Baugh, Bill “Tice” Glitch and Rick Kanyuch; Todd Schambach and Chris Baugh.

Several special skill prizes were also awarded. Closest to the pin awards went to Steve Kellas, Chris Baugh, Steve Wojcik and Pokas.

Skins Game winners were: Glitch and Kanyuch; Schambach and Chris Baugh; Ducker and Frasnelly; Tom Kellas and Kerry Dailer.

Frasnelly won the prestigious “Best Dressed Award.”


The annual BecWood Senior Scramble was held last Tuesday on the Par 72, Rayland layout.

The team of Rich Saffield, Brad Hudson, Jim Velas and Richard Rejonis combined their golf skills to shoot an impressive round of 13-under 59.

Team Yantz and Team Zinni finished second and third, respectively. Yantz’ foursome posted a round of 60, while Zinni’s squad checked in with a 61.

Closest to the pins were awarded on four holes during the tournament. Those went to Ray Marino (No. 4), Larry Goodnight (No. 8), Dennis Huntsman (No. 14) and Bob Laipple (No. 16).

The longest drives were awarded on two holes. Those went to Tom Stillmak (No. 1) and Jerry Witsberger (No. 15).

Two skins were achieved during the round. Team Ralston eagled the 11th, while Team Goddard was two under par on the 13th.


As the golf season winds down, the Wheeling Park Golf Club held the annual Johnson Boilers Tournament last Sunday.

The duo of Bob McLaughlin and Nick Klamut posted a score of 66, which was six strokes better than the team of Bob Doran and Bill Caldwell. Also finishing with a 72 in third place was the team of Roger Kupfer and Ron Heatherly. The duo of John Wilson and John Wakim posted a round of 76.

In the handicap division, Joe Fatagati and Jerry Daugherty teamed for a 64, which was three shots clear of Chris Bommer and Gary Mercer. Bob Hicks and Ted Koski finished third with a round of 67.


  • ST. CLAIRSVILLE junior Zach Keylor aced the #4 hole at Oglebay Park’s Jones Course at the Speidel Golf Club last Tuesday. Keylor, who was playing in the OVAC Golf Championship, used a 9-iron for his feat.


Calling all long hitters.

If you can hit a golf ball a long way as well as accurately, you’ll want to be at Belmont Hills Country Club on Thursday, Sept. 29.

The Eastern Ohio Diabetes Association is hosting its inaugural ‘Driving Down Diabetes’ event at the club. The three-round tournament will begin on Thursday from 4-7 p.m. The second round will be held at the same time on Friday and the finals will run from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Participants will have to qualify for round two by hitting a golf ball within the specified circle on the BHCC driving range. In the second round, the player will given one chance per golf ball to hit within the circle in Round 1 and be one of the five participants to be closest to the pin.

Those five participants will have a chance to play for $1M on Saturday. All five players will be given one chance to record a hole-in-one. The cost of a chance is $1.

Doan Ford has signed on as the event’s chief sponsor. Other sponsors for the event include: Comcast, Sleepcare, Med Flight, Bodkin, Wilson & Koczki, PCS, A&B Kia and Belmont Mills. For more information, please contact Kevin Duvall at 614-905-0404 or


The inaugural Elm Grove Baseball Golf Scramble will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Crispin Golf Course. The 4-man scramble will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The cost is $60 per player or $240 per team. The cost includes cart, lunch, dinner, catered by Quaker Steak and Lube and prizes. There will be cash prizes for the first three places and a 50-50 raffle. There will be a team putting contest, skins game and mulligans are available. For more information, please contact Robbie Kinkade at 304-312-6860.

A BENEFIT golf scramble for the newly formed Purple Heart Fitness Center, which celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 2 at Castle Shannon Golf Course in Hopedale.

The Purple Heart Palace Fitness Center is a non-profit facility, which benefits disabled American veterans.

The scramble will be a shotgun start at 10 a.m. and the entry fee is $50, which includes golf, cart, food and prizes.

The hosts of the event are Sarah Wilden of Cadiz and Travis Wade of St. Clairsville, who are completing their senior project as Sport Business majors at the University of Mount Union.

Advanced registration is required and there is a limit of 20 teams. For registration and additional information call 740.491.1205, 304.280.4138 or 740.942.2626. The event is opened to the public.



In a little more than a week, the postseason of prep golf will get under way. In the Mountain State, the road to the state title runs through Wheeling as Oglebay Park will once again host the state’s best prep putters.

In Class AAA, however, it runs through Wheeling also figuratively as Coach Don Headley’s team is one of the favorites.

The Patriots, who won the OVAC title in dominating fashion this past Thursday, have also won the inaugural Two Rivers Athletic Conference title and were crowned the Top Flite High School Series champion.

The Patriots’ regional will be held at Wheeling Country Club, which doesn’t help anyone hoping to dethrone the Pats early.

Wheeling Park’s top player, sophomore sensation Thadd Obecney is a member and two-time defending club champion on the Wheeling CC course. Just last week, Obecney fired an amazing round of 61. Yes, you read that correctly … a 61.

I am well aware of Obecney’s exploits, but I even had to contact Headley to verify that score was reported correctly. He confirmed it was.

So, the next call I made was to Wheeling Country Club Professional Jason Martin to find out if Obecney’s number was a course record. It turns out, Obecney missed the record by one shot. The record is a 60 and is owned by former Wheeling CC Professional Rich Churilla.

While Obecney’s garners much of the attention and accolades, he’s by no means alone when it comes to the Patriots.

Senior Eli Lambie and freshman Cole Hand are highly formidable and talented players as well for the Patriots.

A preview on Ohio sectional play, which begins the same day as West Virginia’s postseason, will be contained in next Sunday’s edition.


A few weeks back, the winners of the Oglebay Women’s Golf Association’s 2011 Club Championship were announced. The winner was Janis Cook. We apologize for the mistake.


What started on Easter Sunday in April has reached its conclusion until next spring.

This is the final Off the Tee of 2011.

Any additional golf information or results can still be submitted to the email address below for publication. We appreciate the support and information provided throughout the season.

See-ya next spring!

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