Area prep talent shining in summer golf tourneys

The summer golf circuit is heating as numerous area prep putters had a bevy of tournaments this past week as they gear up for the 2012 season, which officially begins on Aug. 6 in the Buckeye State.

Shadyside senior-to-be Adam Stupak won the Top Flite Junior Tour event at Clarksburg Country Club last week. He fired a round of 76, which victorious by a shot in the 17-18 year old division.

St. Clairsville senior-to-be Adam Jeffries got into the victory column on the Top Flite Junior Tour stop at the Bridgeport Country Club. Jeffries shot a round of 74, which was four shots clear of his nearest competitor in the 17-18 year old division.

Jeffries – the Red Devils’ southpaw – also finished in a tie for 19th at the Preseason Junior event held at Nemacolin with a two-round score of 159. He fired rounds of 78 and 81.

St. Clairsville’s Seth Vannoy, who transferred from Marietta, should help strengthen the Red Devils’ squad this fall. He finished fourth in an TFJT event at Pipestem State Park with a round of 76 in the 15-16 year old division. He was 11th, with an 81, at Bridgeport Country Club.

Senior-to-be Zach Keylor took part in the Preseason Junior at Nemacolin and shot a 80 and 81 for a 161 total. Jared Burgy also played on the TFJT and shot 89.

Martins Ferry expects to have another strong golf team this fall as nearly every member returns from last season’s OVAC 3A title-winning squad.

Senior-to-be Andrew Chlon finishd 11th at the Bridgeport CC event with a round of 82. Taylor Shane – the OVAC 3A medalist from a season ago – finished with a round of 88.

Chase Stuckey took part in the Preseason Junior event and fired a score of 164. After struggling in the opening round, he shot a 74 on day two.

Also competing in some tournaments have been River’s Jason Miller, Martins Ferry’s Kaitlyn Bliss and St. Clairsville’s Dylan Campbell.

Also at Clarksburg, Wheeling Park’s Cole Hand won the 15-16 year old division with a round of 73. Hand finished second at Bridgeport CC with a 75.


  • MARK HONE, of Wheeling, aced the 161-yard par 3, 9th hole at Oglebay’s Arnold Palmer Course last Monday. Hone used an 8-iron for his feat, which was witnessed by Andy Billing, Brad Shutz and Will Noble.
  • DAVE McDONALD recorded an ace at the Fairway River Links in Rayland recently. McDonald aced the 125-yard, par 3, fifth. Lee Allen witnessed the shot.


The Wheeling Park Memorial event was held last Sunday. Art Lightner claimed the medal portion of the title with a round of 65. Roger Kupfer was second with a 66. Mike Brickner and David Coram both shot rounds of 67, but due to tie breakers finished third and fourth, respectively.

In the handicap division, Hunter Bryan prevailed after shooting a round of 62. John Bryan was second with a score of 63.

Last Wednesday, the Undo’s weekly tournament was held. Dan Willming won the medal division after a scorecard playoff with Mike Brickner. Both players shot rounds of 33. Bob Green, John Wilson and Gary Mercer all shot 36s.

In the handicap, John Wakim prevailed with a round of 31. Dave Yeager and Bernie Schultz shot 32s, but Yeager was awarded second because a better gross score.


The league continued on May 31 and Merril Stevens captured the closest to the pin crown and Don Pontius was the closest to the pin on the second shot in the league play. The team of Stavroff and Mayberry teamed for a low gross round of 32. The low net title went to the duo of Clapper and Magers, who also teamed for a round of 32.

The league resumed on June 4 with Gary Mayberry earning the closest ot the pin and Pontius, again, had the closest to the pin on the second shot. The team of Stavroff/Mayberry and St. Clair/St. Clair shared the low gross with rounds of 35.

The low net went to the teams of Lucas/Samida and Pontius/Smolira with 35.


  • The St. John Central boys basketball and baseball teams will host a 4-person golf scramble at Fairway River Links in Rayland. The event will take place on Saturday, July 7 with registration beginning at 6 a.m. and shotgun start at 7 a.m.

Cost to enter the event is $50 per person ($200 for a 4-person team) and includes cart, greens fee, beverages on the course, snack, and dinner after golf. Prize money will be awarded to the top three finishers. To register or to get additional information, please contact Kevin Lahna at 304-218-3449 or the St. John Central High School Main Office at 740-676-4932.

  • The Union Local Touchdown Club is having its 6th annual golf scramble on Saturday August 4th at Crooked Creek Golf Course.

The event will feature a shotgun start at 9 a.m.and the cost is $220 per team, which includes golf, prizes, beverages and steak dinner after the round.

There is the option of dinner only if paid in advance for $10. The format is best ball and an extra mulligan costs $5 and entry to skins game cost $5. Prizes for long drive, closest to the pin and long putt will be available.

Registration starts at 7:45 a.m. with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. For more information contact Shane Kildow at 740.391.5928 or email