Saints Club Scramble to honor Soukup and benefit Red Devils’ golf program

The St. Clairsville Saints Club Scramble has been one of the long-running area tournaments, but this year the tournament has taken on a new name and a new cause.

Tournament Director Randy Mellott formally announced the event as the inaugural Saints Club/Butch Soukup Memorial Scramble.

“Butch was one of our lifetime members (of the Saints Club),” Mellott said. “He passed away last June and I approached the family about re-naming the meet in honor of him, and they were in favor.”

The proceeds of the scramble, which will be held on Sunday, May 6 at Belmont Hills Country Club, will benefit the highly successful St. Clairsville golf program.

“Butch loved the game of golf and he loved the Saints Club, which is why we did this,” Mellott said. “The golf parents have been behind this 100 percent and actually have gone out and gotten hole sponsors for us. Golf is one of those programs that doesn’t make money, and it’s difficult when they’re at day-long tournaments and they need money to eat or things like that.”

The cost to enter the tournament is $50 per player, which includes golf, cart, steak dinner after the round in a building near Red Devil Stadium and a commemorative t-shirt.

Along with numerous door prizes, a player will have a chance to win $25,000 for a hole-in-one on the par 3, number two. That’s being sponsored by Bill Kirschbaumer at Allstate Financial.

Before the shotgun start at 9 a.m., a player will be randomly drawn to putt from 60 feet away. If the player sinks the putt, it’s worth $10K.

For more information, contact Mellott at 740-338-0578.


The annual Ice Breaker Tournament was held last Saturday at Belmont Hills Country Club in St. Clairsville. The member’s only event was claimed by the team of Larry Blake, Chuck Baker, Bryan Woodford and Ron Hughes.

Larry Landtiser and Rick Frio were the champions of the A&B Flight. Matt Lucki and Rennie Minor were the runnersup in the A and B Flight.

Woodford and Hughes won the C and D Flight, while Jeff Bohus and Bill Sokolowski were second in the C and D Flight.

The winners of the closest to the pins were Jack Carpenter and EdJu Gavarkavich.



The annual Elm Grove Civics event was held last Sunday. Rich Colley won the medal division crown with a round of 71. Mike Brickner also fired a 71.

Roger Kupfer finished third with a 72. Bob McLaughlin shot a 73 to finish fourth. David Coram and Larry Goodnight each shot a 74 to tie for fifth.

In the handicap division, Gary Mercer prevailed with a round of 67. Lloyd Carmichael finished second with a 71. Chris Bommer, Dan Willming and Ted Kosky each shot rounds of 71 to finish third through fifth, respectively based on their handicaps being figured into their score.

Late last week, the golf club held its Johnson-Boiler sponsored event. Art Lightner prevailed with a 35. George Melnik and Gary Cooey finished and second and third, respectively with rounds of 35.

Jeff Miller won the handicap portion of the tournament with a round of 32. Bruce Melnik and Brian Syrylo both shot a 33, but Melnik earned the runner-up status.


  • KYLE ACKERMAN, of Wheeling, aced the 152-yard 10th hole at Oglebay Park’s Crispin Center last Saturday. He accomplished his feat by using an 8-iron. His shot was witnessed by David Wharton.
  • BOB BLAZEK, of Bellaire, aced the 196-yard, par 3 second hole at Paradise Hills Golf Course last week. He used a 3-wood for his shot, which was witnessed by Mike DeBlasis, Ray Vinka and George Shaver.
  • WAYNE SALL, of Martins Ferry, aced the 8th hole at Paradise Hills Golf Course last week with a 3-wood. His shot was witnessed by Ted Scott.
  • JIM COLABELLI, of Rayland, recorded a recent hole-in-one at Fairway River Links. Colabelli aced the 165-yard par three No. 6 hole. Witnessing the feat was Rich Westfall of Follansbee.


The West Virginia Conference announced the 2012 all-conference men’s golf team after the WVIAC Southern Regional Tournament early ast week.

West Liberty’s Joey Seabright was named WVIAC men’s player of the year and his coach, Mike Ricci, was named the conference’s coach of the year.



“Golfers who try to make everything perfect before taking the shot rarely make a perfect shot.”


  • 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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