OFF THE TEE: Area products lead WLU women to title

West Liberty’s women’s golf team had a very impressive showing at the Fairmont State tournament, winning the title by 22 shots.

Leading the way for the Hilltoppers was a pair of area products.

Kaitlyn Bliss – a true freshman from Martins Ferry – finished second overall in the event with a two-day score of 166. She was seven shots out of the medalist honors.

Bliss put forth rounds of 84 and 82, respectively en route to the runner-up finish.

She was trailed on the WLU squad by River High product Samantha Knowlton. She posted a two-day score of 183 with rounds of 91 and 92, respectively.


The league didn’t have a Sunday event because of Easter, but it did play last Wednesday with the annual Undo’s event.

Roger Kupfer was the winner of the medal division with a score of 2. Dick Moore and Ron Helms both shot a 36 to finish second and third, respectively.

Mike Brickner and Art Lightner tallied 37 and 38, respectively, to round out the top five.

David Coram won the handicap scoring with a 33. He was two better than Rich Colley and three clear of Mike DeSantis and Mike Perring. Mike Crow and Tom Mitchell rounded out the top five with a score of 36.

The Kupfer Brothers Logging event was held on April 13. Mark Hartline was the champion of the medal division with a round of 69. He shot a 32 and a 37 for his score. He was four shots clears of Brickner and Coram. Kupfer and Lightner both checked in with rounds of 74 to round out the top five.

Bob Green was the winner of the handicap scoring. He shot a round of 69. Moore also posted a 69 and was the runnerup in the handicap portion of the event. Jim Ennis and Nick Klamut both shot rounds of 72.


On top of its tournaments, events and challenging course, Belmont Hills is also hosting Demo Days, which are open to the public.

Ping will hold a demo day on Saturday, May 3.


If you know of golf happenings or local folks shining in the golf industry or field, feel free to let us know. We’re looking for anything local golf related to run in this space. Whether it’s scramble or tournament results, we want it.

Don’t hesitate to send information of hole in ones, double eagles, etc. You can skip the bogeys, however.


The third annual Saints Club/Butch Soukup Memorial Golf Scramble will be held at Belmont Hills on Sunday, May 4. The event will begin with a shotgun start at 8:45 a.m. Tournament director Randy Mellott is expecting a full field of 38 teams to take part in the event, which will have all of its proceeds benefit the St. Clairsville High School Golf Program. After the round of golf, the players will go to the St. Clairsville American Legion Post 159 for an Outback catered dinner. Prior to the round, Starbucks will provide coffee and pastries. There will be several special contests during the round. Baumer Financial Group is sponsoring a $10,000 hole-in-one prize on Hole #2 and Sabo Insurance is sponsoring a $5,000 putting contest.The tournament will also honor the St. C. senior golfers from the 2013 season as honorary captains. The top two teams will receive prizes.For more information, contact Mellott at 695-2406.

The 23rd Annual Soup Kitchen Golf Scramble will be held Friday, May 2 at Crispin Golf Course. Shotgun start at 1:00. The entry fee is $75 and entry information can be called in to Becky at 304-233-2992. Lunch and dinner are included and 18 hole prizes will be awarded along with cash prizes for top three teams. The Soup Kitchen served over 120,000 meals last year and proceeds from the tournament will help with providing this service.

The Sardis Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor its third annual golf scramble on Saturday, May 10 at Fairway Riverside Golf Course in Sardis. The four-player, better ball scramble will begin at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start. Cash prizes for the top three teams will be awarded. Door prizes, raffles and other events will also be held. The entry fee is $200 per team, which includes golf, cart, breakfast, lunch and a t-shirt. For more information, please contact Kevin Winkler at 310-0610 or via email at

The Castle Shannon Golf Course 2-man “Spring Warm Up” will be held on Saturday, May 10 with tee times starting at 8 a.m. The field is limited to the first 60 teams and the cost is $140 per team. The format is 9 hole scramble, 9 hole best ball and 9-hole alternate shot. There is no senior division, but players 60 and over will play from the white tees. All other competitors will play the blue tees. Prizes are awarded for each nine holes and then overall as well. The deadline for entries is Thursday, May 8. For more information, please contact Ralph Hamilton at 740-937-2373.

The Shadyside Boosters will hold their annual “Tee Up for Tigers” four-man golf scramble on Saturday, May 17 at Horseshoe Bend Golf Course in Armstrong Mills. The event will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. and the entry fee is $200 per team. There will be cash prizes for the top three teams and lunch and beverages will be provided. There will also be door prizes and raffles. To enter a team, sign up at Eddie’s Barbershop in Shadyside.

THE FLUSHING Masonic Lodge will hold its annual scholarship golf scramble on May 17 at the Cadiz Country Club.

The tournament, which is open to the first 22 paid teams, costs $60 a man or $240 per team. There is an optional skins game for $5 per man or $20 per team.

The cost of the tournament includes steak dinner, awards, door prizes, beverages on the course, cart and golf.

The tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Registration is slated for 11:30 a.m. and a hot dog lunch will be served at that time.

All proceeds from the event will go toward two $500 scholarships to benefit Union Local and Harrison Central High School students.

For more information, or to register, please contact William McGowan at 740-942-4073.

THE BRIDGEPORT BASKETBALL golf scramble will be held on Saturday, May 31 at Paradise Hills Golf Course. The cost is $50 per man for a team of three. The cost includes a skins game. The event will include a shotgun start at 9 a.m. For more information, please contact Donnie Cash at 740-359-2806.

THE THIRD annual Thomas R. Dowler Memorial Classic Golf Scramble will be held on May 19 at Belmont Hills Country Club. The event benefits the Thomas R. Dowler Fund that supports students, faculty, program and facilities for Belmont College.

The event will begin at noon with a shotgun start. Lunch and registration will begin at 11 a.m. Following the round, dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. The cost for a team is $500 or $125 per player. There will also be prizes, a putting contest and a 50-50 raffle. For more information, to register or become a sponsor of the event, please conact R.J. Konkoleski at 699-3980.

THE 15th annual Sons of Italy Bellaire Lodge #754 will hold its annual golf scramble to benefit Alzheimers & Cooley’s Anemia Charities on Monday, June 9 at Oglebay Park’s Crispin Course.

The scramble costs $200 per team and includes green fees, cart, refreshments on the course and dinner after the round. The tournament, which will award prizes to the top three placing teams, is limited to 36 teams.

The prizes will for winning is $400, the second place team will receive $200 and the third place team receives $100.

For more information or to register a team, please contact Phil Pata at 695-0691.

A SCRAMBLE to benefit the Amanda Rosepapa Foundation will be held on Saturday, Aug. 2 at Horseshoe Bend Golf Course in Armstrong Mills. The event will begin at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start. The entry fee is $50 per person or $200 per team and the event is limited to 20 teams.

Teams are being encouraged to pre-register with a $50 deposit to ensure team entry. For more information, please call Rose Rosepapa at 310-4086 or Anita Day at 676-0366.

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