Barnesville grad takes over Whiskey Run

There’s more to the game of golf than just playing in scrambles and events.

Barnesville graduate Shawn Thompson plans on doing his best to show that to the people of the Ohio Valley through his new venture with Whiskey Run Golf Course, which is located nine miles south of Barnesville and just two miles from Seneca Lake.

Thompson recently acquired the course, which was where he played his first round of golf as a youngster and got his first job in the golf industry, and has re-located to the Ohio Valley after spending the last nine years working at Jefferson Country Club in Columbus.

“I’ve been trying to get this course for 15 years,” Thompson said. “My wife (Adelina) and I have a 2-year old son (Blaine) and we wanted to raise him here and get back home.”

Thompson became a PGA Professional in 1995, two years after graduating high school.

“Everything I’ve got is because of chasing the little white ball around,” Thompson said. “If someone had told me 20 years I would have done all this, I’d tell them you’re crazy.”

Thompson’s golf travels have taken him all over the nation and world. He worked for a company called Family Golf had oversaw some 130 facilities around the nation.

“I’ve been all over either running facilities, teaching, playing and rennovating facilities,” Thompson offered.

Whiskey Run isn’t quite ready for its first round just yet. Thompson anticipates having the course up and running in a few weeks. It will be a public course, but there will be a daily fee and considered a “semi-private golf club.” There will be a golf shop on site, too.

Currently, the bar and restaurant, known as “Divots” is open.

“We’re adding some definition to the course,” Thompson said. “It’s been a lot of work. The course has been well-maintained in terms of cutting the grass, but never extensively.”

The course will have half-inch cut fairways and 2.5-inch cut rough and eighth-cut greens when the work is completed.

“We’ve got some other projects in mind,” Thompson said. “We’re going to add some ponds, fix the drainage.”

Thompson will also teach and give lessons and plans to start a golf academy.

“I’ve been spoiled rotten in the game of golf and want people to know there’s more to the game,” Thompson said. “It makes the game much more enjoyable.”


The Wheeling Automotive Group tourney was held on Wednesday. Gary Mercer was the victor with a round of 32. Art Lightner finished second with a 35 and Ron Helms was third with a 36.

In the handicap scoring, Doug Miller was the winner with a 33. Bob Hoffman posted a 33 and finished second.


The Moundsville Country Club Ladies Golf Association is once again hosting the Tournament of Roses for Ladies of all clubs in the Ohio Valley. It will be held on Wednesday, June 4 beginning at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast and registration.

A snack will be supplied on the turn and lunch and awards will conclude the day. Prizes will be given in gross and net, with novelty prizes on several holes and a trip for 2 to Hawaii for a Hole-in-One on #18. Registration is $55 and Rose Durant, Tournament Director, can be called at 740-676-6350 for registrations forms and any questions. All ladies are invited to play.


The Cadiz Country Club is hosting a 3-person scramble every Thursday throughout the summer. The public is welcome to participate along with our members play begins at 5 p.m. cost is $15 per team plus cart fees for nine holes. Woman and seniors over the age of 65 play from their designated tees. Come enjoy a fun evening of golf. If you have any questions feel free to contact the pro shop at 740-942-3618.


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 BELLAIRE Touchdown Club is sponsoring its eighth annual golf scramble on Saturday, June 28 at Fairway River Links. The entry fee is $60 per person or $240 per team of four. For more information, please contact Norm via email at
  • A SCRAMBLE to benefit Easter Seals will be held at Fairway River Links Golf Course on May 17 at 8 a.m. The event is being hosted by the Third Alarm Bar on Wheeling Island. The event has raised $14,000 in first two years and helps to buy therapy tools to be used at the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center. After the round of golf, there will be a steak fry at 2 p.m. at Wheeling Island Marina. For more information about the scramble or steak fry, call Dorsch at 304-281-4214 or Tom Vapner at 304-215-5315 or 304-242-9665.
  • A SCRAMBLE to benefit Jeff Masloski, known as “Tee’D Off at Cancer” will be held at Castle Shannon on Saturday, June 7. The event will begin with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Jeff is a husband, father and caring friend and a well-respected member of the Adena community. He is a member of the Adena Chamber of Commerce. He was recently diagnosed with adenocarcinoma, and family and friends are

rallying behind him to tackle it head on. The cost to enter the scramble is $65 per golfer, 4-man teams. To secure a spot, call Ken Patterson 740-769-2038. There are also 50/50 tickets for sale at $1 each or 6 for $5. All funds raised will go directly to the Jeff Masloski benefit fund to help defray the significant medical expenses. Additional donations can be sent to Peoples National Bank of Mt. Pleasant in care of the Jeff Masloski Golf Benefit For more information call Georgie Hopkins 740-312-9108 or Doug Utter at 740-314-2029.

  • THE 16TH annual Niekro Golf Classic will be held on Friday, June 27 at Belmont Hills Country Club. The event will feature a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $100 per golfer and that includes lunch, dinner and prizes. Sponsorships are available for $100 as a hole sponsor and as a gold sponsor for $400. For more information, please contact Gordie Longshaw at 740-296-3580. Or send your payment to Niekro Classic c/o Gordie Longshaw 308 Main St., Bridgeport, OH 43912.
  • A SCRAMBLE to benefit the Powhatan American Legion Auxiliary will be held in the “memory of Marvin Brown” on July 26 at Horseshoe Bend Golf Course on Armstrong Mills. The event will begin wit a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

The entry fee is $200 per team, which includes carts, food and refreshments. Teams are encouraged to pre-register to ensure team entry due to limited entries.

Cash prizes will be awarded. There will also be door prizes, raffles and other events. For more information and to register call Pat Binni at 795-5944 or Dian Baker at 795-5396.

  • 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.