Shane brothers enjoying good summer on the links

The Shane brothers — Taylor and Joel — have been busy this summer.

The Martins Ferry siblings have been burning up the gasoline travelling across the tri-state area while competing in golf tournament after golf tournament.

And, they’ve been pretty successful.

This past Monday, Taylor captured first place in the 16-18 age division at the 19th annual Wildfire Junior Tournament at Wildfire Golf Course in New Concord.

The 18-year-old Taylor fired a 71 which was good enough to beat his nearest competitor — Philo’s Logan Kirkbridge — by two strokes.

By virture of his victory, Taylor was awarded a $1,000 scholarship presented by the Jim Vejsicky Memorial Foundation.

Joel, who is 15, finished third in the 14-15 division with an 84 after defeating Meadowbrook’s Zach Clair in a playoff. That was nine shots behind the winner.

On Thursday, both brothers took runnerup honors during the First National Bank Junior Tour at Edgewater Golf Course in Minerva.

Taylor carded a 6-over-par 78 to finish two shots behind Meadowbrook’s Nate Frencik in the 16-18 field, which played from the blue tees.

Joel, meanwhile, was three shots behind Malvern’s Noah McKinney, who fired a 76 from the white tees.

They weren’t the only local youth golfers to fare well at the events, as 11-year-old Martins Ferry resident Luke Krol carded a 47 to win the 11-and-under division at Wildfire Golf Course.

The Purple Riders’ Kaitlyn Bliss was third in the girls 14-18 class with an 88, which was two shots off the pace.

At Edgewater, Martins Ferry’s Andrew Chlon was a third-place finisher in the 16-18 division with an 81.


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 UNION Local Touchdown Club Golf Scramble will be held on Saturday, July 27 at Crooked Creek Golf Course. The event will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. For more information, please contact Shane Kildow at (740) 391-5928.

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.

The Adena Sons of the Legion 2013 Golf Scramble will be holding a four-man scramble for scholarships on Saturday at Castle Shannon Golf Course in Hopedale. The event will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. The cost is $65 per person or $260 per foursome. The cost includes: skins game, cart and green fees, food and beverages at the turn and a steak dinner following the winner. There will also be a door prize for every player. The top team will receive $500, second place will receive $300 and third place will receive $200. For more information, or to register, please contact George Bomboris at (740) 546-4665 or Castle Shannon at (740) 937-2373.

THE JOHN Rasz Memorial Tournament will be held July 27-28 at Highland Springs Golf Course in Wellsburg, W.Va.

Entry fee is $105 per player and includes use of a cart for both days, lunch on Saturday and dinner on Sunday. OVGA Juniors will pay $35.

A total purse of $4,000 will be distributed to various winners. The divisions are A Flight (0-7 handicap) and B Flight (8-and-up). There will be medal and best ball in each flight, as well as senior medal and best ball divisions.

Seniors will play from the white tees, while the junior and championship flights will play from the blue tees.

Gift certificates from Dicks Sporting Goods, TJ’s Sports Garden and Highland Springs Golf Course will also be part of the prize giveaways.

Make checks payable to John Rasz Memorial Golf Tournament. Send entries to Highland Springs, 1600 Washington Pike, Wellsburg, W.Va., 26070. For a starting time, call Highland Springs at (304) 737-2201.

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THE 13TH annual Senior Amateur Championship, presented by TJ’s Sports Garden and Family Restaurant, will be held Sunday, Sept. 8 at Oglebay Park’s Crispin Course.

The 18-hole event will be played at scratch with the following age groups: 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70-and-over.

More than $2,000 in prizes and awards to ge presented. First place receives $200; second place $100; and third place $75.

In each age group, the golfer closest to the three par-5 holes will receive $25.

A dinner for all first-place winners will be held Saturday, Sept. 14th at TJ’s.

The entry fee is $50 ($45 for ID pass holders). Crispin pass holders and Oglebay employees will pay $30. The fee includes half a cart, green fees and lunch. Only the first 120 entries will be accepted.

A shotgun start begins things at 9 a.m. Check-in time is 8:30.

Checks should be made payable to Oglebay Park Golf Club and be sent to Bernie Marcellus, 47 Biltmore Ave., Wheeling, W.Va., 26003.

For more information, call (304) 242-7587.