OFF THE TEE: Obecny II having busy summer

Thadd Obecny II, fresh off his sixth-place performance at the West Virginia Amateur (69-74-73-73), will be headed to the prestigious Pinehurst No. 8 layout in North Carolina at the end of the month to take part in the 114th Men’s North and South Amateur Championships.

Pinehurst No. 2, which played host to the men’s U.S. Open last week, welcomes the women’s U.S. Open, starting today.

The Men’s North & South Amateur Championship is the longest consecutive-running amateur golf championship in the United States. Over the past century, the best in the golf world have vied for its coveted Putter Boy trophy. Winners have included Walter Travis, Francis-Ouimet, Billy Joe Patton, Jack Nicklaus and Curtis Strange.

Obecny II, the former Wheeling Park standout, has a busy summer planned.

He said he also plans to participate in the Chattanooga Choo Choo Invitational, which begins near the end of July.

Obecny II played in the United States Junior Amateur last summer in California, but can no longer compete in that event as he’s now 18. He said he plans on trying to qualify for the United Stated Amateur.

It’s the Women’s Turn

The U.S. Women’s Open teed off this morning at Pinehurst No. 2, one week after Martin Kaymer began what would be a wire-to-wire domination of the course in winning the men’s U.S. Open by eight shots.

Julie Inkster, now 53, is playing the event for 35th, and she says, final time. In contrast, 11-year-old Lucy Li, hits the course as the youngest qualifier in the event’s history.

American Stacy Lewis, on paper, appears to be one of the favorites. She has two wins this season and 11 top 10 finishes. Americans Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson should also be be in the mix.

A number of South Korean players could make an impact, including Inbee Park, Chella Choi and Jenny Shin.

OVGA Takes a Break

The Ohio Valley Golf Association is on hiatus this week.

Action resumes next Saturday and Sunday – June 28 and 29 – with the 16th annual Bob Finnegan Memorial Amateur Classic at Wheeling Park Golf Course.

Speaking of Wheeling Park…

Art Lightner and Roger Kupfer tamed up for a 27 in the Medal Division of a two-man scramble event Wednesday at Wheeling Park Golf Course sponsored by Gleasner and Associates.

Mike Brickner and Ron Helms were second with 28. Gary Mercer and Chris Bommer (31) were followed by the duos of Tom Mitchell and Mike Perring (33)and Mark Hartline and Dick Moore (33).

Rich Colley and Bernie Schultz finished with a 25.

The following duos all recorded 27s – Jim Ennis and Bob Green, David Coram and Orie Robinson, Mike Crow and Bruce Beck, Terry Younkins and George Melnik, and Josh Foose and Todd Morrison.

During action last Sunday at WPGC, Joe Kosar finished first in the Medal Division with a 70 in an event sponsored by Wheeling Park Memorial.

Larry Goodnight (70) was second, followed by Green (71), Moore (71), Melnik (73) and Nick Klamut (73).

Foose won the Handicap Division with a 58. Bob Hicks was second (64), followed by Robinson (66), and Pete Barton and Russ Travis (67).

Mendenhall, Waialae Claim Invite

Tom Mendenhall and Roger Waialae were the overall winners at the Wheeling Country Club Men’s Member-Guest Invitational.

The pair won the Bobby Jones Flight with a 124. Tim Roberts and Matt Hines fired a 129, while Joe Marchlenski and Rick Frio had a 132.

Doug Molnar and Steve Condio captured the Ben Hogan Flight with a 127. Andy Carrigan and Justin Ferrell were second (132), with Travis Nelson and Alan Rossin third (135).

Ron Stephens and Steve Famoso (126) took the Sam Snead Flight by six shots over Brad and Byron Archer. Joe Blaha and Mike Espen (133) were third.

Jay Zimla and Dennis Watkins defeated Jeff Shultz and Jeffrey Hobday in a scorecard playoff to win the Arnold Palmer Flight after both tandems carded 126s. Mike Carl and Craig Och were third (133).


Belmont Hills Country Club is giving golfers in the Ohio Valley another chance to try out some of the latest technology in equipment with a TaylorMade demo day on Wednesday, June 25. The demo day will run from 4-8 p.m. and it’s open to the public.


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 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 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.