OFF THE TEE: More honors for Harrison’s Hirauk

Several former area golfers continued to shine on the spring collegiate golf scene last week.

The Wheeling Jesuit women’s golf team claimed the Southern Regional WVIAC title Monday after a playoff against Concord.

Former Harrison Central standout Julie Hirauk finished with a round of 161, which was second on the team. Hirauk was a first-team all-conference selection, finishing second in the overall race, which includes the Northern Regional, WVIAC Championships and Southern Regional.

Jesuit is set to take part in the Gannon Spring Mixer in Clymer, NY today and Monday.

Former Wheeling Park standout Joey Seabright finished fifth in the 49th annual IUP-Spadafora Golf Invitational in Indiana, Pa. Seabright shot an opening-round 1-under to sit in second place, but posted a 2-over, 74, in the final round.

The Hilltoppers finished 10th overall as a team.


  • BRIAN STONE of Lore City aced the #6 hole at Crooked Creek Golf Course last Sunday. He aced the blind hole with the use of an 8-iron. His shot was witnessed by Bill Stone, Eli Stone and Tom Mott.


The league will hold an organizational meeting on Monday at Mr. Lee’s Restaurant in Cambridge at noon. Anyone interested in joining the league should attend. Any questions please call Greg Clapper at 740-624-1651.

The league plays 9 holes every Monday at Robbins Ridge Golf Course near Senecaville. The cost of the round is $15, which includes a cart.


The Bella Via tournament was held last Sunday at Wheeling Park’s Golf Course. Art Lightner won the 18-hole event by a shot over Roger Kupfer with a round of 64. Kyle Wensel and Bob McLaughlin each posted rounds of 71 and Rich Colley and Dan Willming finished in a tie for fifth with a round of 73.

Paul Carney won the handicap portion of the event with a round of 61. Jim Ennis was second with a round of 64.

Bob Geyer was third with a score of 66.

The Wheeling Spring Service event was held on April 11.

It was the same two players – Lightner and Kupfer – battling out for the medal title. Both shot a 33, but Lightner got the victory on a tie breaker. David Coram posted a 36 to finish third and Larry Goodnight was fourth with a round of 37. Dick Moore, Colley and Hunter Bryan all finished tied for fifth with a 38.

In the handicap division, Jim Druschel was the champion with a round of 34. Lloyd Carmichael was second with a 35.


The Men’s Opening Day Tournament was held last weekend at the Wheeling CC. Lew Wright and Paul Exley teamed for the victory in the net division. There was a tie for second between Steve Bloch and Stuart Bloch II along with the duo of Jim Taylor and Carl Carenbauer. The winning duo shot minus-8, while the second place teams posted a minus-6.

Thadd Obecny and Thadd Obecny II won the gross with a round of 71. Carl Bippus and Greig Paetzold shot a 72.

Doug Molnar was the winner of the closest to the pin on No. 6 and Jay Adams was closest to the pin on No. 9.



If your best shots are the practice swing and the ‘gimme putt’, you might wish to reconsider this game.


  • THE BELLAIRE Touchdown Club will hold its fifth annual golf scramble on Saturday, June 30 at Fairway River Links. Former pro athletes will be in attendance. The cost of the scramble is $60 per player or $240 per team. The cost includes golf, cart, lunch, beverages and a chicken or ribs dinner after the round. Entry forms are available at Rigas Restaurant and Gulla’s in Bellaire as well as the Central Grille in Shadyside. For more information, please call Norm at 699-0313, Bob at 676-5490 or Jay at 676-4960.
  • THE FLUSHING MASONIC Lodge will hold its annual scramble on Saturday, May 19 at Cadiz Country Club. The event is open to the first 22 paid teams. The event will begin at 12:30 p.m. with a shotgun start. The cost is $50 per man or $200 per team. Included in the cost is golf, cart, lunch, steak dinner and awards after the round along with beverages on the course. The proceeds of the scramble benefit scholarships at Union Local and Harrison Central. For more information, please contact William McGowan at 740-942-4073 or Chuck Bizarri at 942-8196.
  • THE Marshall-Wetzel-Tyler AFC-CIO will sponsor a four-person golf scramble on Saturday, May 5 at 9 a.m. at Horeshoe Bend Golf Course in Armstrong Mills. The cost is $50 per person, which includes a steak dinner, catered by Undo’s following the round. For more information please call Shel at 304-845-6002 or Chuck at 304-845-7326.
  • THE OHIO River Valley Council Boys Scouts of America 2012 Scramble for Scouting event will be held on Thursday, May 24 at Oglebay Park’s Spiedel Golf Club’s Palmer Course. The event will feature a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Lunch will begin at 11 a.m. and dinner, catered by Undo’s, will follow. The top three teams will receive a cash prize. The cost is $125 per player. For more information, please call (304)-277-2687.
  • THE 13TH annual Sons of Italy Bellaire Lodge #754 Golf Scramble will be held on Monday, June 11 at Crispin Golf Course at Oglebay Park. The event, which will benefit Alzheimers & Cooley’s Anemia Charities, will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $200 per team, which includes golf, cart, dinner and refreshments.

The top three teams will receive a prize. The tournament is limited to the first 36 teams. For more information please contact Phil Pata at 695-0691.

  • THE INAUGURUAL Thomas R. Dowler Memorial Classic Golf Scramble will be held at Belmont Hills Country Club on May 21. The scramble will benefit the Dowler fund established at Belmont College. The event will begin with a shotgun start at noon and dinner is slated for 6 p.m. The cost is $125 per player, which includes golf, cart, lunch, refreshments and dinner. There will be several contests, including longest putt and drive and raffles. For more information please contact Ron Konkoleski at 699-3980 or via email at
  • THE SARDIS Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring a golf scramble on Saturday, May 12 at the Fairway Riverside Golf Course. The cost is $50 per player and the top three teams will receive cash prizes.

The event is a four-person, better-ball scramble.

The cost includes: golf, cart and hot dog lunch. Sponsorships are also available for $50 each. For more information please call 740-624-1517 or email

  • THE FOURTH Jesse Ault Memorial Golf Scramble will be held on June 9 at Crooked Creek Golf Course in Morristown. The event will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. and the cost to enter is $60 per player. The fee includes: golf, cart, refreshments and a chicken dinner.

The scramble is held to honor Jesse Ault, who was a member of the 82nd Airborne and then enlisted in the Virginia National Guard and served two tours of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom, but was killed by a roadside bomb in Tunnis, Iraq on April 9, 2008, which was just a little more than a month before he was scheduled to come home.

He’s survived by a wife and three children. The proceeds of the scramble benefit the Jesse Ault Memorial Fund, which helps to sponsor a scholarship.

  • THE INAUGURAL Martins Ferry Fire Department Golf Scramble will be held on Saturday, May 5 at the Bec-Wood Golf Course. The event will be part of the 125th anniversary celebration of the department. The scramble is a four-person event and the cost of a team is $240. For more information or to register a team please call 740-310-3402.

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