OVGA season opens this weekend

The 2014 season of the Ohio Valley Golf Association is slated to get under way this weekend.

The first event on the schedule is the 18th annual Play-It-Again Sports Amateur Classic, which will be held on Saturday and Sunday at the Wheeling Park Golf Course.

The OVGA schedule includes eight events and players will accumulate points based on their finishes to determine the OVGA Player of the Year, which will be awarded at the Appreciation Banquet in September.

Between now and then, however, plenty of golf remains. There’s an event just about every two weeks. All of the events this season will be played on either Wheeling Park or Oglebay’s courses, with the exception of the John Rasz Memorial, which will be played at Highland Springs.

One of the premier events will once again be the Stoney Hollow Tire Amateur Golf Championship. It features the largest purse of the schedule with $15,000.

Bryan Myers has had a seven-year stranglehold on the Player of the Year award. Thadd Obecny, who is headed to Central Florida in the fall, is the the two-time defending junior champion and Mike Wilson is the reigning senior champion.

The complete schedule of OVGA events is as follows:

May 24-25 – Play-It-Again Sports Amateur (at Wheeling Park G.C.)

June 14-15 – Kalkreuth Roofing Amateur (at Oglebay Park’s Crispin Course).

June 28-29 – Bob Finegan Memorial Amateur Classic (at Wheeling Park)

July 12-13 – Stoney Hollow Tire Amateur (at Oglebay Park)

July 26-27 – John Rasz Memorial (at Highland Springs)

Aug. 31-Sept. 1 – Bella Via Amateur (at Wheeling Park G.C.)

Sept. 7 – T.J.’s Sports Garden Senior Amateur (at Crispin).

Sept. 20-21 – Ohio Valley Amateur (TBA).

Sept. 24 – OVGA Appreciation Banquet (TBA).

BELMONT HILLS CC

The annual Men’s 6-6-6 event was held last weekend at the club.

The first flight winners were Larry Blake and Jason Balcar with a round of 64. Bryan Woodford and Jack Carpenter finished second with a 65, while Gary Young and Chuck Poindexter finished third with a round of 67.

The second flight was won by Pete Dormas and Matt Steele, who teamed for a round of 72. Joe Wetzel and John Timko finished second with a round of 72. The third-place prize went to the duo of Bill Sokolowski and Nick Karras, who shot a 73.

Blake and Balcar were the overall winners of the event, while Dormas and Steele were second.

The closest to the pins were captured by Terry Carson and Nick Karras.

JUNIOR GOLF

With the summer quickly approaching, prep golf season will be back before you know it in early August.

The First National Bank Tour got under way last Saturday at Edgewater Golf Course in Minerva.

Buckeye Trail’s Will Davis and Jed Burga finished third and fourth, respectively with rounds of 82 and 83, respectively. Martins Ferry’s Joel Shane finished seventh with an 88 in the 16-18 year old division.

Harrison Central’s Clint Heavilin took part in the 13-15 year old division.

Martins Ferry’s Luke Krol finished fourth in the 12 and under division, which plays nine holes. He shot a 51.

OIL AND GAS OUTING

The second annual Oil and Gas Outing will be held at Belmont Hills Country Club on Monday, June 30.

The event is held to “show appreciation and awareness to the oil and gas industry.”

The event will begin with a 10 a.m. shotgun start and registration gets under way at 8 a.m. The entry fee is $675 a team, which includes golf, lunch, dinner, beverages on the course, prizes, special events and an open bar at the completion of play.

The event will benefit the Harmony House Children’s Advocacy Center, which works to strengthen the community’s response to child abuse.

The golf portion of the event will also feature skins, mulligans and raffles. Sponsorships are also available for the event.

For more information, or to register a team, please contact Ron Baker at Belmont Hills CC at 695-2263.

BELMONT HILLS CC

JUNIOR CLINICS

Club Professional Ron Baker is once again sponsoring junior clinics throughout the summer for aspiring golfers.

The clinic will start on June 3 and will include nine sessions with the last coming on Tuesday, July 1.

The cost of the clinic is $125 for BHCC members and $150 for non members.

The complete schedule for the clinics is as follows: Tuesday, June 3; Wednesday, June 4; Friday, June 6; Tuesday, June 10; Wednesday, June 11; Tuesday, June 17; Wednesday, June 18; Monday, June 23 and Tuesday, July 1.

All class times will be assigned on Sunday, June 1 and the golf pro shop will contact all of the participants with their scheduled times.

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.

OFF THE TEE INFORMATION

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UPCOMING SCRAMBLES

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).

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 dinorm@comcast.net

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 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.

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 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 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 11th annual Jack Flanagan Memorial 3-man scramble will be held on Saturday, June 7 at Paradise Hills Golf Course. The event will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. The entry fee is $55 per man and that includes: golf, cart, drinks, food, gifts and prizes. The proceeds benefit the Jack Flanagan Memorial Fund. For more information, or to register, please contact Harry Mowder at 633-1800 or Flanagan’s Sports Cafe at 740-359-6018.