15th annual Niekro Classic slated for June 21 at BHCC

One of the crown jewels of the Ohio Valley summer golf season is less than two weeks away.

The 15th annual Niekro Classic will once again be held at Belmont Hills Country Club on Friday, June 21.

The event will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. and the entry fee is $100 per golfer, which includes lunch, dinner, prizes, golf, cart.

The event is held as a benefit to Bridgeport High School and is hosted by Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Phil Niekro.

For more information, please contact Gordie Longshaw at 635-3895.


The Jim Colley Memorial 2-man scramble was held on May 29. Younkins and Melnik teamed for a score of 30 to win the medal division crown. Green and Ennis were second with a 31, while Bommer and Mercer were third at 31.

In the handicap, R. Colley and P. Carney were the winners with a score of 31. S. Schwertfeger and T. Mitchell were second with a score of 26.

Last Sunday, the Timbergrove Construction scramble was held. The team of Willming, Travis and Kosar prevailed by two shots with a score of 55.


Larry Robinson had the closest to the pin and Lou Kapolka had the closest to the pin on the second shot in the Senecaville Senior League. The low gross went to the team of Allender and Davis with a round of 36. Low net went to Spratt/Christman with a 35.


  • RICH SALAMONE of Mt. Pleasant, Pa. recorded his first-ever ace in the third annual Harbor of Hope Golf Scramble held last Saturday. He used a 7-iron to ace the 163-yard eighth hole. The shot was witnessed by Mike Call, Jack Price and Larry Swisher.
  • MARTINS FERRY head baseball coach Anthony Reasbeck, who is a very talented golfer, recorded an ace during a round at Belmont Hills Country Club last weekend.


It’s finally here! The United States Open tees it up this week in Ardmore, Pa. It’s what I believe to be the best major of the year. I realize many love the Masters and, rightfully so, it’s a great event. Heck, it’s a tradition unlike that of any other. But, the U.S. Open is the greatest test in golf year in and year out. To me, the event proves that the course can be made to be so challenging that even the best players in the world can be made to look human and know how all of the amatuers feel.

Plus, I like the U.S. Open because it is televised basically all day, which is unlike the Masters.

Anyway, I am batting .000 on my predictions in this space since I’ve been making them.

I think Tiger Woods is the favorite, but I am not predicting him to get it done. I am going to go with … drum roll, please …. Matt Kuchar.


  • THE CADIZ Lions Club is hosting its 14th annual golf scramble on June 29 at the Cadiz Country Club. The cost is $200 per team for the four-man event. The scramble will begin at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start. The fee includes golf, cart, lunch and steak dinner. There will be cash prizes for the top two teams. All proceeds from the event benefit community projects, eye and diabetes research and free vision exams and glasses for those less fortunate. For more information, please contact Tim Mizer at 740-942-2034 or 740-491-1118.

or via email at timmizer@gmail.com.