T.J.’s Senior tournament held

The annual T.J. Sports Garden Senior Golf Amateur was held Friday at Crispin Golf Course at Oglebay Park.

Paul Kurtz won the 55-59 division as well as the overall title with a round of 66. Jim Tysk won the 50-54 division with a round of 68.

Tom Stillmak posted a round of 71 to win the 60-64 division. Floyd Shuler was victorious in the 65-69 division with a round of 70.

Don Zinni – the OVAC Football Commissioner – fired an impressive round of 69, which was good enough to win the 70-plus division.

Zinni’s total was especially impressive since his score was five less than his age.

Along with the division winners, there were also closest to the pin awarded. Winning those awards were: Rich Auber (#2); Daune Lescalet (#5); Randy Hardman (#7); Kirk Nolte (#10) and T.J. Radevski (#13).


It was a Labor Day weekend, Jason Balcar won’t soon forget. The Bellaire resident drained his first career hole-in-one on the 14th hole at Belmont Hills Country Club. Balcar used a 9-iron for the 149-yard shot, which is played over a sizeable pond. His shot was witnessed by Clay Wood and Dr. Jason Newton.


The Timbergrove Construction 2-man scramble was held last week.

The duo of John Artimez and Jeff Miller prevailed in the medal division, posting a round of 28. Bob Green and Jim Ennis finished second with a 29. That was the same score posted by Dan Willming and Bob McLaughlin, who settled for third.

The duo of Bob Hicks and Ted Koski posted a round of 25 to win the handicap division crown. Dave Yeager and Stan Traylor finished second with a score of 26.


The annual Labor Day outing consisted of a derby tournament, involving Stableford Points system, involving the best two balls of four.

The winning team of Jim Kepner, Brian Ghaphery, Greg Caro and Mike Bailey posted a score of 58 for the victory.

The team of Patti Maroney, Travis Nelson, Mike Romaine and David Gaiser finished second with 50 points.

Tom Mendenhall won the closest to the pin on #6, landing his shot just 8-feet, 6 inches from the cup.


West Liberty’s women’s golf team begins its season today. The Lady Hilltoppers have been voted third in the pre-season WVIAC poll, which was released last week.

The Lady Hilltoppers lost former St. John Central standout Haygen Mowder to graduation.

However, the St. Clairsville native has joined the Lady Hilltoppers’ coaching staff.

Former River High standout Samantha Knowlton is a member of the Lady Hilltoppers’ squad this season.

The Hilltopper men’s team opened its season on Labor Day with a fourth-place finish in the Burger King/OVU Invitational at Woodridge Plantation.

Former Wheeling Central standout Joey Seabright led the Hilltoppers, posting a 10th place finish with a 5-over score of 147.

The Hilltoppers were voted second in the WVIAC poll.

A pair of former Ohio Valley players are on the roster at Marshall University.

John Marshall product Carson Schambach is a senior for the Thundering Herd, while Marshall Hone – a Wheeling Park graduate – is a sophomore.

Schambach has been voted a team captain this season, which gets under way Monday with the two-day Marshall Invitational, which is slated for the Guyan Golf and Country Club in Huntington.

Staskey can be reached at sstaskey@timesleaderonline.com