OFF THE TEE: Boroski boys take over Ridgeview Driving Range

Often times, golf is a family game.

The Boroski Family proves that to be true.

Larry Boroski put a club in his son, Larry’s hands at a very young age.

It paid off for him because he went on to have an outstanding high school career at Buckeye Local and then played collegiately at Wheeling Jesuit University.

The ‘Boroski Boys’ are joining forces again for the betterment of the game of golf in the Ohio Valley.

The two have taken over the Ridgeview Driving Range, which is located literally across the road from BecWood Hills Golf Course in Rayland.

“We took it over about a month-and-a-half ago,” Larry Boroski Jr. said. “I couldn’t have done this without the support of my entire family and the help they’ve given to me.”

The property is owned by Kevin Marchbank. He approached the Boroski Boys about leasing the property and overseeing the range. Larry Boroski Jr. actually worked at the range when he was in high school.

“Through word of mouth, guys are finding out more and more about the range and so far, we’ve been pretty pleased,” Boroski said. “With the weather and everything this spring, it started kind of slow, but now we’re looking to build on it.”

Prior to the Boroski family taking it over, the range hadn’t been opened this season.

There’s a ball machine on site. Players are able to put their money into the machine, it will dump out a bucket of balls and there are plenty of matted tees and area to tee up in the grass to improve their games.

“We want to make this is a nice, relaxing range where (players) can come up and really practice their games,” Boroski said. “I think once we get it back into shape, this will be one of the premier ranges in the Ohio Valley for guys to come to and practice.”

There are yardage and greens that players can aim toward at a variety of distances, so they’re able to work on their medium and short-range games as well as just reaching back to see how far they can hit the ball.

“We’re going to add additional signage and markers, so there are even more targets for the players,” Boroski said. “We’ve updated our range balls, too.”

Other improvements that Boroski and his father have in mind include adding more pads, parking area and a new building on the site.

“Hopefully, once we get things established, I’d like to get to the point where we give lessons and different services like grip repair and things,” Boroski said.

Boroski also plans to reach out to area high school programs about them having their practices on the range later this summer.


The qualifying for the premier amateur event in the state of West Virginia is underway.

A handful of area residents earned their way into the 95th annual event through qualifying held at Bridgeport Country Club.

Leading the way was Joey Seabright. He shot a round of 69.

Kyle Wensel of Wheeling qualified with a 75. Michael Spitak and Pete Kurelac, from Wellsburg and Moundsville, respectively, also qualified. They shot rounds of 76.


The Senecaville Senior League held its weekly round on June 3 at Robins Ridge. The low net for the day went to Pilck and McJessey with a 34, while low gross of 32 went to the same duo. The closest to the pin prize went to Dick Spratt.

The closest to the pin on the second shot went to Steve McJessey.


My favorite major of the year unfolds Thursday at Pinehurst #2 in North Carolina. The 114th U.S. Open will bring together the game’s best with a chance of capturing the second major of the year.

Pinehurst #2 has hosted two previous U.S. Opens. Obviously, the 1999 victory by the late Payne Stewart will forever resonate with golf fans. Not totally because Stewart won, but because of Phil Mickelson losing and his wearing a pager because his wife was pregnant.

The recipe for the U.S. Open is pretty simple (for the pros, anyway). Keep the ball in the fairway, get it in position on the green to two-putt and make a whole lot of pars.

Quite simply, who is going to do it?

Guys like Angel Cabrera, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott and Jason Dufner will be in the hunt, but I think the trend of first-time U.S. Open and major winners will continue.

I am going to go with Matt Kuchar to win the U.S. Open with a score of 2-under par. It’ll be a Father’s Day to remember!


  • 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.

  • The Wheeling Jesuit Wrestling Program enjoyed a solid first season of competition this past winter. The Cardinals’ program is continuing to grow and is looking to add on to its existing wrestling room.

The Circus Saints & Sinners Club will hold its 14th annual Charity Golf Scramble on Friday, June 27 at Wheeling Country Club with the proceeds of the event going to WJU’s wrestling program.

The scramble will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

The entry fee for the event is $100 and tee sponsorships are also available for $100. Lunch and dinner will be included as well as beverages on the course. For more information, please contact Justin Ferrell via email at or call 304-243-9071.

  • THE ANNUAL Buckeye Local Touchdown Club Golf Scramble will be held on Saturday, July 12 at Paradise Hills Golf Course.

The event is a 3-person scramble and the cost is $150 per team with all proceeds benefitting the Buckeye Local Football program. To register your team, please either contact Johnny O at (740) 391-0723, Tom Figurski (740) 424-6300 or Paradise Hills at (740) 859-5028. You can also register your team at the course.

  • 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. Entry forms are available at Gulla’s and Frizzi’s Market in Bellaire and at the Fairway River Links.

For more information, please call Norm at 699-0313, Jay at 359-7037 or Bob at 676-5490.

For more information, please contact Norm via email at

  • 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 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.