Ex-Ferry golfers impressive again on the Junior scene

The splendid summers of former Martins Ferry standouts Andrew Chlon and Taylor Shane continued last week as both played well in a tournament at Zoar Golf Course.

Chlon won the medalist crown, shooting a round of 75. He won by virtue of a par on a playoff hole.

Taylor Shane finished tied for fourth in the event with a round of 78.

In an event held at Carroll Meadows Golf Course in Carrollton, Shane shot a 5-over round of 76 to take the medalist crown by a shot over Dover’s Paul Edwards.

Buckeye Trail’s Jed Burga posted a round of 79, which tied him for fifth.


The Glessner & Associates event was held last Wednesday. David Coram prevailed with a score of 31, which was two shots clear of Dan Willming. Mike Brickner fired a round of 34.

Joe Kosar – the recently retired Martins Ferry golf coach – shot a round of 32, which was a shot better than Bob Green to capture the handicap scoring.

The golf club held its annual Glenn and Liz Starkey 2-man scramble event on July 21.

The duo of Ron Heatherly and Roger Kupfer posted a score of 128 to prevail by seven shots over Bob McLaughlin and Nick Klamut. Jim Ennis and Bob Green finished with a round of 139.

In the handicap portion of the event, Doug Miller and Robbie Evans prevailed by a shot with a score of 131. Paul Alig and Pete Barton posted a 132 to finish second.

The Country Pride Restaurant event was held on July 17. The stroke-play event was captured by Bob Green, who shot a round of 34. Roger Kupfer and Dan Willming both shot 35s, but Kupfer was awarded second on a scorecard playoff.

Jim Druschel won the handicap side of the tournament with a round of 32. Paul Carney was second and Josh Foose finished third.

The Stoney Hollow Tire event was held on July 17.

Willming prevailed with rounds of 37 and 32 for a 69. He was a shot better than Larry Goodnight and four shots ahead of Chris Bommer.

Stan Taylor was the winner of the handicap side of the event with a round of 66. Paul Carney was second after a tiebreaker.


The winning team in the annual event was Dwayne Pielech, Jay Salva, Lance Mehl. The team was a man short and won the event with only three players. Their fourth player Bob Grable, who is also a former New York Jets’ linebacker, was unable to attend at the last minute.


Jeff Peters posted the closest to the pin during league play on July 22, while Max Millhone had the closest to the pin on the second shot during the Senecaville Senior League. The duo of Harr and Pontius captured the low gross score with a round of 36. Low net was posted by Lucas and Samida with a round of 34.


JIM ATWOOD of Mt. Pleasant aced the 155-yard par 3 16th on Friday at Castle Shannon Golf Course in Hopedale. He used a 9-iron for his feat, which was witnessed by Scott Lantz.


As the calendar heads toward August, the Ohio Valley Golf Association is winding down as well. The annual John Rasz Memorial wraps up today at Highland Springs Golf Course.

The tour takes most of August off as area clubs hold their championship events. However, the next tournament is slated for Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 when the fourth annual Bella Via Amateur Classic takes to the course.

The race for OVGA Player of the Year is heating up and it appears to be a three-player race as Thadd Obecny (150), Bryan Myers (130) and Larry Lis Jr (100). Obecny’s time on the OVGA is drawing to a close for this year because high school season will be starting soon and SSAC rules prohibit from playing in outside events after a certain date.

In the senior division, Mike Wilson (90), Dave Clarke (58), Gary Schrickel (53), John Bailey (49) and Roger Kupfer (38) lead the way.

In the junior division, Obecny has 1,300 points and he’s being chased by Kyle Wensel (690), Mike Spitak (620), Elizabeth Douglas (525), Kaitlyn Bliss (325) and Adam Stupak (325).


THE BELMONT Mountaineer Athletic Club scramble has changed its initial date from Aug. 1. The event will now be held on Thursday, Aug. 29 at Bec-Wood Hills Golf Course. The event benefits scholarships for local athletes at West Virginia University.

The cost of the scramble is $50, which includes golf, cart, prizes, beverages and a picnic following the round. For more information, or to enter a team, please contact John S. Marshall at (740) 695-4262.

Marshall said this week that the defending champion team of Joe Dudek has said they will be back looking for a repeat.

THE ANNUAL Jeffrey Showalter Memorial Celebrity Golf Classic will be held on Aug. 14 and will begin at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start. The entry fee is $600 per team ($150 per man) and each team will have a celebrity playing with it.

The scramble is the chief fundraiser for the Ohio Valley Christian Soldiers. The group benefits local Ohio Valley causes. The Christian Soldiers have raised more than $240,000 in their eight-year history.To donate, inquire about membership or to sponsor the golf outing, call the Ohio Valley Christian Soldiers at (740) 699-2468.

Staskey can be reached at sstaskey@timesleaderonline.com