Tiger’s return boosts golf’s prominence

Professional golf seemed so much more relevant this week.

For the first time since March, Tiger Woods returned to the course to play in the Quicken Loans National, which was held at Congressional in Washington D.C. to benefit his foundation.

Woods has back surgery and has been on the mend since. His return was a welcome sight for golf, especially the folks who negotiate the television deals. Because, like it or not, the sport needs Tiger Woods.

One way or another, Tiger moves the needle. People tune into the sport just to see him. Whether they’re the biggest fan or the biggest hater, people want to see how the world’s best golfer fares.

Don’t believe me?

Check out the ratings for the U.S. Open. They were absolutely horrendous. Obviously, the tournament was a run-away for Martin Kaymer, who played amazingly for four straight days, but if Tiger’s in the field, ratings are much, much higher.

The good news is, Tiger has already said he plans on playing the British Open.

TOURNAMENT OF ROSES

The Moundsville Country Club Ladies Golf Association held its “Tournament of Roses” recently.

The champions were as follows: Patty Maroney (First Flight Gross), Paula Zimla (third-flight gross), Linda Chapman (first-flight net), Tonya Hill (second-flight gross), Sue Gehrig (third-flight net) and Sherry Sapon (second-flight net)

MARTIN MISSES CUT

Wheeling Country Club Professional Jason Martin took part in the 47th annual PGA Professional National Championship at Myrtle Beach this past week.

Martin didn’t make the cut for the event after firing rounds of 78 and 74. His 152 was just a few shots above the cut line.

In an email, Martin said, “I wanted to reach out and thank everyone for their support. If not for a poor start on Sunday, I would be competing for a spot in this year’s PGA Championship. The experience was awesome and it was an honor again to be among the best club professional players in the country.”

JUNIOR TOURNAMENT

The First National Bank Junior Golf Tour teed it up at Oak Shadows Golf Club in New Philadelphia last week. Buckeye Trail’s Will Davis was the top-finishing area player with a round of 84, which is 12 over. Martins Ferry’s Joel Shane checked in with an 88 and Buckeye Trail’s Jed Burga posted an 89.

Harrison Central’s Bryce Walrath finished with a 93.

Martins Ferry’s Luke Krol finished second in the 12 and under division with a round of 49.

WHEELING

PARK GOLF CLUB

The Wheeling Park Golf Club resumed play on Wednesday with the Gabe Benson & Joe Figaretti Memorial event, which crowned a winner in both medal and handicap scoring.

Mike Brickner prevailed by four shots to win the medal portion of the event. He shot a round of 29. Second place went to Ron Helms, while Art Lightner was third with a 35. Gary Mercer and Bob Green finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Mark Hartline shot a round of 30, which was one better than Mike DeSantis. Robbie Evans finished with a 32 and Shawn Schwertfeger finished fourth.

ROBBINS RIDGE SENIOR LEAGUE

The league was held last Tuesday with the duo of Pilck and McJessey posting a 34 for the low net round. They also finished with the low gross round. Pat St. Clair was the closest to the pin winner and Larry Robinson was the closest to the pin on the second shot.

SALT FORK JUNIOR

TOURNAMENT

The annual Salt Fork Junior Tournament will be held on Monday, July 7 at Salt Fork State Park in Cambridge.

The entry fee is $30 for non Salt Fork members and $20 for members. The event will begin with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. There will be three divisions (17-18, 15-16 and 13-14) for boys and two divisions (16-18 and 13-15) for girls. The top three boys and top two girls finishers will receive awards.

The deadline to enter the tournament is Wednesday, July 2.

For more information, please contact Meadowbrook High School golf coach Mel Pesuit at 740-260-9360 (C) or 740-439-6600 (H).

UPCOMING SCRAMBLES

  • THE BARE the Burden Golf Scramble will be held on Sunday, July 6 at Cadiz Country Club. The event is being sponsored by The Grappling House and The Purple Heart Palace. The tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 12:30 and registration commences at 11:30 a.m. The entry fee is $60 per player or $240 per team and there will be an optional skins game. There will be prizes awarded for skill contests as well as a 50-50 drawing and raffles. The fee includes hot dog lunch, beverages and dinner after the round. For more information, contact Chip Snider at 740-546-2110 (H), 740-275-2092 (C).
  • 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 Union Local girls’ basketball team will be sponsoring a scramble on July 12 at Horseshoe Bend Golf Course. The shotgum start is set for 9 a.m. Prizes will be awarded on all Par-3 holes. There will be a 50/50 raffle and door prizes. The cost is $60 per person. Mulligan and Skins included. Food and beverages will be provided.

For more information call Kelley (740) 238-0053.

All proceeds benefit the Union Local girls basketball team. Red sponsor $500 and White sponsor $300. Hole sponsors $150

Make Checks Payable to Union Local Girls Basketball, 35275 Kenwood Ave., Barnesville, OH., 43713.

  • 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).