BMAC Scramble deemed a huge success

The 19th annual Belmont Mountaineer Athletic Club scramble was a roaring success Thursday afternoon at BecWood Hills.

Some $6,000 was raised to support the BMAC Scholarship, which benefits a student-athlete from the Ohio Valley at West Virginia University. The current recipient of the scholarship is football player Shaq Petteway, who is a Steubenville High School graduate.

For the first, the event broke into two divisions. There was an open division and a corporate cup division.

The Open Division was claimed for the second straight year by the team of Larry Boroski, Larry Boroski Jr., Brett Hambleton and Dave Yanik. That foursome shot a round of 20-under par.

The corporate cup came down to a scorecard playoff. Both The Health Plan and United Bank finished with a score of 17-under par. It took until the sixth handicap hole to determine that United Bank had prevailed.

Hambleton and Dennis Toney won the long drive and closest to the pin prizes. R.J. Miller of Wheeling won the raffle for two tickets to both the Mountaineers’ football game against TCU and Kansas State.

John S. Marshall and John Budinscak served as the tournament directors and both were extremely grateful for the support from the players and the sponsors.

Marshall also pointed out the work done by volunteers Sandy Marshall, Doris Budinscak, Marilyn Redosh and the Premier Bank team of Alicia Freeman, Pam McCombs, Nancy Combs and Pam Shields.

Plans are already underway for the 20th annual event. Marshall indicated the tournament will use a shotgun start rather than the current tee-time format and he’s hopeful that the WVU Mountaineer will return for a “musket shot” start.


The River Greens Junior Golf Open drew a combined field of current high school and recently graduated played last week on the par 72 layout in West Lafayette.

Buckeye Trail grad Jed Burga, who is headed for Ohio Valley University in Parkersburg, won the ‘A’ Flight title with a round of 75. He needed two playoff holes t defeat Nate Terry of John Glenn.

Beallsville product John Dietrich, who will attend Mt. Union, finished with an 82.

In the ‘B’ Flight (15-16 year old), Martins Ferry’s Joel Shane finished third with a round of 78. He needed a one-hole playoff to secure the third-place award.

THE BUSY summer that it is for area junior golfers continued with a First National Bank Junior Golf Tour stop at Hickory Flats in West Lafayette.

Burga, who has been one of the busiest players from the area, finished fourth in the event with a round of 78.

Martins Ferry’s Shane, who has also taken part in the majority of these summer events, finished in a tie for eighth by shooting a round of 79.

Martins Ferry’s Luke Krol finished third in the 12 and under portion, which is a 9-hole event. He shot a 48.

THE PLAY continued on Friday in Marietta when several area players took part in the Tiger Paws Classic at Marietta Country Club.

Shane finished with an 84, which tied for the low score of the round, but he finished second in a scorecard playoff to Maysville’s Luke Engle.

Beallsville’s John Dietrich finished with a 94 in the 17-18 year old division.


The 12th annual Barnesville Hospital Auxiliary Golf Scramble will be played at Belmont Hills Country Club on Monday, Aug. 11 with the tournament beginning with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.

The entry fee is $120 and that includes golf, beverages, lunch and dinner, along with several contests and various skill games.

Doan Ford is sponsoring a hole-in-one prize of a 2014 Ford Fusion if a player records a hole-in-one on the par 3 second hole.

According to a release on the scramble, the event is held to serve as a community outreach event for the hospital and also to serve as a fundraiser for the auxiliary. The Barnesville Hospital Auxiliary recently donated $250,000 to the hospital’s Emergency Department Expansion and renovation project.

For more information, please contact Joe Jeffries at 740-425-5108 or Michael Carpenter at 740-425-5109.


As staggering as it is to believe, high school golf practice begins in eight days and the first matches, in Ohio, are permitted two weeks from Friday. Many teams are conducting their pre-season meetings and some open practices to help begin the preparation process.

The Times Leader’s annual golf preview will be contained in Sunday, Aug. 3.

Area coaches are encouraged to submit their rosters, team information to me via email at the address below.


The Belmont Hills Country Club Junior Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, July 28th with divisions available for 17-18, 15-16 and 13-14 years old for the boys. The girls’ divisions are 16-18 and 13-15.

Awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each division.

The entry fee is $30 and it includes lunch for all participants and the lunch will be available for purchase for the spectators.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. with a shotgun start and the deadline for entry is Monday, July 14.

For more information, contact Nicholas Bauman at 740-827-2794.


The 10th – and final – Jeffrey Showalter Classic golf tournament is set for Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the picturesque Belmont Hills County Club just west of St. Clairsville.

Sponsored by the Ohio Valley Christian Soldiers, the event has raised a ton of money for various groups and organizations around the Ohio Valley.

One key to the tournament, which is held in honor of Jeffrey Showalter who was killed in an accident in 2004, is the wide range of former professional athletes that annually grace the star-studded field.

Some of those celebrities that have already confirmed to play in the event include former Ohio State running back and two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin; professional kickboxer Bernard “Swiftkick” Robinson and his son Bernard “Swiftkick” Robinson, Jr.; local favorites Bob Bruney and Bob Butts; Bob Cook; Brock Woods (Wheeling Thunderbirds/Nailers); Claudio Reilsono; Devon McDonald (Pitt/Indianapolis Colts); Don Donatelli; Doug Donley; Ed Breehl; Frank Marchlewski; Frank Thomas; George Wilson; Gerry Myers; Herman Weaver (Detroit Lions); Ike Kelley; Jamie caleb; Jeremy Uhlenhake (Ohio State); Jim Bradshaw (Pittsburgh Steelers); Jim Herren; Jim Rooker (Pittsburgh Pirates); John Candelaria (Pittsburgh Pirates); John Stofa (NFL); John Thierry; Kirk Mee; Lance Mehl (Bellaire, Penn State, N.Y. Jets); Les Cheney; Marv Kellum (Pittsburgh Steelers); Mel Blount (Pittsburgh Steelers); Mike Ciccirella; Paul Filla; Pete Gonzalez (Pitt); Randy Grossman (Pittsburgh Steelers); Robin Cole (Pittsburgh Steelers); Rod Morris; Sal Genilla; Sid Bream (Pittsburgh Pirates/Atlanta Braves); Todd Erdos (N.Y. Yankees); and Travis Hughey.

OV Seniors Tournament

One of the oldest tournaments in the Ohio Valley will tee it up on Aug. 25 at Wheeling Country Club.

The Ohio Valley Seniors Golf Association, consisting of clubs from Belmont Hills, Cadiz, East Liverpool, Moundsville, Steubenville, Wheeling and Williams Country Club, will hold its event at Wheeling CC.

This will be a medal and handicap event for players over 50. The age groups are 50-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79 and 80 and above.

Dan Daily is the defending champion in the event and the overall team victor was the squad from Belmont Hills.

For more information, contact Phil Pata at 695-0691. To enter the tournam


The Annual John Marshall Softball Golf Scramble will be held Saturday, Aug. 16th at the Moundsville Country Club. The four-person scramble begins at 2 p.m., with registration at 1 p.m.

Entry fee is $70 per person or $280 per team, and includes 18 holes of golf with cart, food & beverages. Cash prizes will be presented to the top two teams, and there will also be individual awards.

For more information, please contact Ed West at 304-845-1651, or email

THE MARTINS Ferry American Legion Post #38 will hold a 3-man golf scramble on Saturday, Aug. 9 at Paradise Hills Golf Course with a shotgun start slated for 9 a.m. The cost is $50 per player and there’s an optional $5 skins game. The cost includes: golf, cart, refreshments, prizes, door prizes and food. The scramble is open to the public. For more information, please contact 633-1494.

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