Sons of Italy champions crowned

The annual Sons of Italy Golf Tournament was held last week at Oglebay Park’s Crispin Course.

The foursome of Bob Wallace, James Wallace, R.J. Zitzelsberger and Brian Valentine shot a solid round of 59 (12-under) to win the championship.

That team actually prevailed by virtue of a scorecard playoff because the team of Jim Mayhugh, Tom Baker, Aaron Rataiczak and Kevin Lahna also posted a round of 59.

The third-place team was comprised of Phil Pata, Phil Pata II, Jim Circosta and Joe Gaudio. It checked in with a 9-under 62.

Tournament officials recognized the following sponsors and supporters of the event: Bauknecht, Altmeyer Funeral Home, Belmont Savings Bank, Buffalo Wild Wings, Bellaire Big Reds Touchdown Club, Belmont Community Hospital, Family Medical Supply, 3ARD Duty, Jacob and Sons, Judge Frank Fregiato and Cynthia, Lancione, Hoffman, Lloyd Law Firm, Myser, Davies Law Firm, St. Clairsville Mayor Bob Vincenzo, The Pomoderos, Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration, Hole and Run, Siebieda Architect, Stoney Hollow Tire, Save Rite Pharmacy and West Texas Roadhouse.


The weekly league at Robbins Ridge was held last Tuesday. The low net for the week went to Stavroff and Mayberry as well as Pilck and McJessey. Both duos shot rounds of 34.

Those teams – and that score – was also good enough for the low gross crown.

The closest to the pin of the week went to Fred McGee, while the closest to the pin on the second shot was posted by Bob Hartley.


Several scholarships were presented during the Zanesville District Golf Association Junior Tournament last week.

Prep players – and those who just recently graduated – took part in the event at the Vista Golf Club’s par 71 layout.

The highest finishing area player was Buckeye Trail’s Jed Burga. He shot a two-day total of 158, including a 78 in the final round to finish fourth in the First Flight. His Warriors’ teammate, Will Davis, finished with a 165 in the First Flight.

Meadowbrook’s Tyler Gander finished fourth in the second flight, while the Colts’ Devin Webster was the champion of the third flight. He posted rounds of 87 and 78 for a 165.

Two other Colts – Trey Singleton and Drew Johnson – also fared well. Singleton was third in the third flight, while Johnson was second in the fourth flight.


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.

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