OFF THE TEE: Beallsville’s Dietrich to golf at Mt. Union

As golf grows in popularity, more and more Ohio Valley prep players are advancing their games to the collegiate level.

Beallsville High School senior John Dietrich has announced his intentions to continue both his golf and academic careers at Division III Mt. Union in the fall.

For Dietrich, the ability to compete collegiately and pursuing a degree in engineering made the Purple Raiders’ program the perfect fit.

“Mt. Union has a long-standing tradition of success in athletics,” Dietrich said. “When I met Coach MacDuffie, I knew that (Mt. Union) was where I wanted to come. I like his philosophy on successful and how he manages the program.”

Dietrich was a three-year mainstay for the Blue Devils, leading the team in scoring the last three seasons. He had an average of 39.

“I don’t believe that I have a true strength in any aspects of my game, but if I had to say one thing, it would probably be (my length) off the tee,” Dietrich said.

Dietrich was a district tournament qualifier last season. He was also named to the all-OVAC, all-OVGL and all Times Leader teams. In an 18-hole match, Dietrich posted a personal low score of 72.

As he prepares to play at the next level, Dietrich admits he must improve his consistency and points to his short game as an additional area that must continue to get better.

“I feel like my wedge game and my putting hasn’t improved much over the past couple of years, and I know if I can improve those spots, then I can compete at the collegiate level,” Dietrich said.

Dietrich will spend much of the summer on the links working to get better. He’s on the driving range three or four times a week. He also plans on playing in several local tournaments.

Along with golf, John is a captain of the baseball team, a Kiwanis Scholar and a honor roll student.

John is the son of Dave and Cathy Dietrich.

WHEELING PARK GOLF CLUB

The Miklas Meat Market event was held last Thursday. Roger Kupfer claimed the victory with a round of 32. David Coram was second with a 34 and Ron Helms was third with a 35.

Mike DeSantis was the champion of the handicap scoring with a round of 33. Rich Colley fired a round of 35 to finish second.

MOUNDSVILLE CC

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.

CADIZ CC

Beginning Thursday, May 8, the Cadiz Country Club will be having 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.

OFF THE TEE INFORMATION

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.

UPCOMING SCRAMBLES

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 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 kevin-winkler@sbcglobal.net
  • 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.

  • THE BELLAIRE American Legion Post #52 will host its fourth annual Tom Donahue Memorial Classic Golf Scramble on Saturday, July 19 at Horseshoe Bend Golf Course in Armstrong Mills with a shotgun start planned for 9 a.m.. The cost is $50 per player or $200 per team and registration is due by July 12. The cost includes cart, green fees, food, refreshments, prizes and door prizes. There will be an optional skins game for $5. The scramble is open to the public. For more information, please contact Bill Wilson (391-9841), Buzz Donahue (676-4110) and Dick Johnson (359-2301).
  • 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