Off The Tee: Belmont Hills CC installing new tee markers

Belmont Hills Country Club wants to get its golf course back to being one of the premier establishments in the Ohio Valley.

Thus, the Board of Directors and Golf Committee began looking for ways to make improvements.

One of the major improvements will take place over the course of the summer. That’s the installation of new hole monument markers, which replace the current wooden signs that inform players of the yardage on each hole.

“We’re just trying to find ways to make improvements to the club out on the course,” said BHCC Golf Committee member Bryan Woodford. “We just think the granite tee markers will improve the look of the course.”

Woodford has seen the markers on several courses, including Highland Springs and Eagle Sticks.

The club is working to secure sponsors for the monument and according to Woodford, at least seven have been spoken for thus far.

“We’ve not really marketed that outside of our membership,” Woodford said. “We want to try to give the businesses, who are members to put their name on it first.”

The first monument is expected to be up in the next couple of weeks and the work will be done by Gallagher & Son’s Monuments.

“Jason (Gallagher) is doing the work and he’s squeezing these in around his other business, so as soon as he makes the others, they’ll go out on the course,” Woodford said. “Even if we have all 18 sold, it could be a while before they’re actually on the course.”

The holes that are already sold are one, two, five, nine, 10 and 18.

“I am just tickled pink we have that many sold already,” Woodford said.

The monuments are six-feet tall, but 18 inches of that will be in the ground.

The ability for outside businesses to sponsor hole monuments will begin on May 1. Individuals can use the monuments as a chance to honor someone as well, so it’s not limited to businesses.

Along with the monuments, the BHCC has also purchased new flags which will be embroidered and should be on the course within the next two weeks.

An alternate tee box for the older members is also in the works.

“Basically, we’re trying to enhance the beauty of the course,” said BHCC Board of Directors President John Timko.

“Our goal is to get the course back to where it used to be, and make it a premier golf course in the Ohio Valley.

“The greens are looking good, the fairways are good and the tee boxes are coming back.”

More on the upcoming golf season at Belmont Hills Country Club will be contained in Sunday’s Off The Tee.

WHEELING PARK GOLF CLUB

The Wheeling Park Golf Club began its season with the annual Elm Grove Civics event on April 6. Roger Kupfer shot a round of 34 for the victory, while David Coram finished second with a round of 36. Art Lightner was third. He also posted a 36. Nick Klamut and Dave Scollick shot 39 and 41, respectively to finish fourth and fifth.

In the handicap scoring portion of the event, Frank Bellanco prevailed with a 34. Jim Ennis posted a 35. Stan Traylor, Larry Goodnight and Pete Barton rounded out the top five.

WHEELING COUNTRY CLUB

The club will hold it’s men’s opening day on Saturday with an event starting at 9 a.m. No fewer than 48 players have signed up for the event.

The duos are as follows: Jim Squibb and Jim Kepner; John Culler and Russell Dunkin; Jeff Shultz and Gene Fahey; J.T. Thomas and Christian Miller; Joe Barki and Brian Komorowski; Jim Buch and Tim Leonard; David Gaiser and Joe Rohrig Jr.; Thad Obecny II and Scott Seabright; Ray Byrd and Jay Adams; David Shaffer and Rico Simonetti; Brian Ramsey and Bob Furka; Steve Bloch and Stuart Bloch II; Joe Marchlenski and Jeff Cieply; Jim Taylor and Carl Carenbauer; Matt Ball and Brendan Ball; Phil High and Doug Molnar; Carl Bippus and Alex Saseen; Mike McCulley and Dave Zatezalo; Mike Romaine and Rich Churilla; Brad Archer and Andy Carrigan; Travis Nelson and Seth Abraham; Tim Roberts and Jim Brinsky.

OFF THE TEE INFORMATION

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UPCOMING SCRAMBLES

THE FLUSHING Masonic Temple 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 740-942-0473 or Chuck Bizzari at 740-942-8196.

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.

To have your scramble or tournament listed, please email it to me at sstaskey@timesleaderonline.com