Showalter Classic on tap Wednesday

One of the premier golf scrambles on the Ohio Valley calendar takes center stage Wednesday at Belmont Hills Country Club.

The eighth annual Jeffrey Showalter Memorial Celebrity Classic will tee it up at 11 a.m. Wednesday with numerous sporting celebritis slated to take part in the event, which raises funds for the Christian-based charitable group, the Ohio Valley Christian Soldiers.

The entry fee for a team is $500 and those interested in attending just the dinner can do so for $75.

Some of the celebrities, who’ve participated in the event over the years, include Robin Cole (Steelers), Mel Blount (Steelers), Pete Gonzalez (Steeler), Mike Merriweather (Steelers), Frank “The Original” Thomas (Pirates), Phil Borque (Penguins), Lance Mehl (Jets), Bob Butts (Browns), Archie Griffin (Ohio State two-time Heisman Trophy winner) and five members of the 1979 World Series Champion Pittsburgh Pirates, including Jim Rooker, John Candelaria, Rennie Stennett, Grant Jackson and Kent Tekulve.

For more information on the tournament, please contact the Ohio Valley Christian Soldiers at 699-2468.



For the fourth consecutive year, Bryan Myers captured the Oglebay Park Club Championship. This is just the third time a golfer has won four straight titles. The other two were Ernie Hoffer (1946-49) and A.J. Gray (1970-73).

Myers shot a 68 on the Jones Course on the opening day of the tournament and finished with a 38 when Mother Nature took over and caused the tournament to be shortened. Joe Doerr, who led after day one, finished a shot back with a two-day score of 107.

Rico Simonetti – the former River High quarterbacking legend – finished with a 110 to notch the third-place award. Jay Davis was fourth with a 112.

Chuck Neuman won the First Flight by virtue of a tie breaker. Both he and George Melnik fired rounds of 70. Christopher Kelly was third with a 72.

Joe Wurtzbacher won the second flight with a round of 67. Harry Himrod was second with a 70 and Daniel Tennant was third with a 71.

John Green captured the third flight title with a 71. He won a tiebreaker over John Shafer. Don Webecki was third in the scoring list with a 72.


The Senecaville Senior League continued play this past week. Reid Koegler had the closest to the pin and Max Milhoan had the closest to the pin on the second shot. The low gross went to the team of Stavroff/Mayberry with a 35, while low net went to the team of Allender/Davis with a 34.



As the high school season got under way this week, area juniors got a final tuneup for the season this past week at the Moundsville Country Club in the Honeywell Junior Tournament, which was open to youth players from Belmont, Monroe, Marshall and Ohio Counties.

Eli Lambie prevailed in the 17-18 year old division and overall with a score of 71. He was four shots better than Martins Ferry’s Taylor Shane and Shadyside’s Adam Stupak. Chase Stuckey finished with a 78 and Kaitlyn Bliss posted an 84.

David Coram – who will play for Linsly – fired an 82 to win the 15-16 year old division. Jeremy Fisher was second in that group with a 96.

Peyton Moore won the 13-14 year old division with a 86. He was a shot better than Hunter Bryan.

Michael Spitak won the 12 and under with a 76. Ryan Payne finished second in the group with a 89.


No fewer than 14 teams will tee it up today for the 12th annual Chris Miller Memorial Golf Scramble at Wheeling Country Club.

The event gets under way at 11:30 a.m. with a lunch and a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

The proceeds of the event benefit the overall improvements and golf facilities at Wheeling CC.


  • THE SECOND annual March of Dimes Charity Golf Scramble will be held on Friday, Aug. 31 at Wheeling Country Club. The event will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The top three teams will be awarded prizes. There will be prizes for hole in ones, including a brand new vehicle courtesy of Robinson Automotive Group.

Each player will receive lunch prior to the round, steak dinner following the round and beverages on the course.

For more information, please contact Jason at the Wheeling CC at (304) 232-2020 or via email at

  • THE ST. Joseph’s Holy Name Society of Tiltonsville will hold a four-man golf scramble on Saturday at Fairway River Links in Rayland. The event will begin with a shotgun start at 7 a.m.

The cost to enter is $50 per person, which includes golf, cart, food, refreshments, prizes.

There will be closest to the pins and other contests during the round. For more information or to register, please call (740) 859-9304.