OFF THE TEE: Mason, Mahute claim 29th Sands Electric title

The 29th annual Sands Electric Golf Classic was held last Sunday at Belmont Hills Country Club.

The duo of Mike Mason and Jim Mahute claimed the championship in the two-man bestball scramble event with a round of 7-under 65. That was four shots better than defending champions Bill Glitch and Mike Egri.

Chris Baugh and Roy Heidelbach finished third in the event with a 71, which was the same score that John Timko and Dr. John Pokas posted.

The closest to the pin winners were: Steve Wojcik, Pokas, Bob Yazrombek and Timko.

The skins games winners were Timko and Pokas; Mason and Mahute; Bill Mumley and Tom Kellas.

The best dressed team was that of Jimmy Baugh Jr. and Gary Cunningham.

The balance of the scores from the event were: Baugh and Cunningham, 74; Rob Schmidt and Chad Baugh, 75; Mumley and Kellas, 75; Kelly Rine and Craig Bowman, 75; Wojcik and Ted Ducker, 77; Todd Schambach and Yazrombek, 79; Roy Glitch and Kurt Frasnelly, 81.


The TJ’s Sports Garden Senior Amateur Golf event was held at Oglebay Park’s Crispin Center last weekend.

Belmont Hills Country Club champion Dave Clarke captured the 50-54 title and finished seventh overall with a 3-under round of 68. He was three shots better than Dave Sims and Richard Humphrey. James Bittengle, who fired a 74, and Daniel Tennant, who posted a 74, rounded out the top five in the age group.

The 55-59 age group produced the event’s overall champion in Mike Wilson. He shot a 7-under 64. He was three strokes ahead of Bob Clark. George Melnik and Bernie Marcellus posted rounds of 70. Penn Kurtz posted a 71.

The 60-64 age group was also highly competitive with six players posting a score in the red. Mel Hand was the champion with a round of 66, while Ed Burgy posted a 69. James Dailer checked in with a 69 as well.

The three players who shot rounds of 70 were Mike Greene, Gary Schrickel and Tom Stillmak.

In the 65-69 age division, John Bailey prevailed with a round of 67. Mike Potts was second with a score of 70. Ron Helms was the champion of the 70 and over grouping with a 67. Kirk Nolte (69) and Floyd Shuler (69) also had solid rounds. Roger Stewart was fourth in the age group with a 1-over, 72.

The closest to the pin winners were: John Bailey (No. 2), Jim Dailer (No. 5), Jim Bittengle (No. 7), Ed Burgy (No. 10) and Bill Applegarth (No. 13).

Three skins were recorded during the tourney.

Those went to John Bailey, who had an eagle on No. 8, Burgy, who had a birdie on No. 2 and Clark, who had an eagle on No. 12.


Next weekend’s Frontier Communications Ohio Valley Amateur will be held on Saturday and Sunday with the opening round at the Steubenville Country Club and Sunday’s round will be held at Wheeling Country Club.

Bryan Myers continues to lead the championship division standings with 205 points. Larry Lis Jr. is second with 170 and Thadd Obecny is third at 150.

Mike Wilson leads the senior standings with 147 points. Gary Schrickel is second with 118.

Obecny leads the junior division with 1,550 points, while Kyle Wensel is third at 1,215.

The OVGA Awards Banquet will be held on Sept. 25.


The Paree Insurance event was held last Sunday. Paul Alig Sr. prevailed with a round of 70. Larry Goodnight was second with a 73 and Tony Coppa finished with a 73.

Joe Kosar – the former Martins Ferry golf coach – carded a 65 with the handicap figured into the score to win that portion of the event. Pete Barton was second with a 66.


The Senecaville Senior League continued this past week. Dick Spratt posted the closest to the pin and Ellis Christman had the closest to the pin on the second shot. The low gross team went to Milhone and Ullmann with a score of 33. The low net went to Stevens and Hartley with a round of 32.