O.V. Seniors Tourney set for Aug. 25

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 tournament, you must be a member of these clubs.

JUNIORS EVENT

The First National Bank Junior Golf Tour resumed on Thursday at Wilkshire Golf Club’s par 72 layout.

Martins Ferry’s Joel Shane finished tied for third in the tournament with a round of 78. That was seven shots behind the winner.

Buckeye Trail’s Jed Burga posted a round of 83 in the event. Union Local’s Jarrett Causby finished with a round of 88.

WHEELING PARK GOLF CLUB

The Ed Yahn Memorial event was held last Wednesday.

The 9-hole, stroke-play event was won by Larry Goodnight, who posted a 32. Roger Kupfer was second, also with a 32 and Dan Willming posted a 32 and was third. Rounding out the top five were Ron Helms (33) and Rich Colley (35).

In the handicap scoring portion of the event, Dave Slonaker prevailed with a 32. Dave Scollick was second with a 32 and George Melnik finished with a 32 for third.

W.VA. OPEN QUALIFYING

A qualifier for the most highly sought after golf event in the Mountain State was held last week at the Moundsville Country Club.

Five players punched their ticket for the West Virginia Open based on their 18-hole performance.

Three of the five qualifiers are from the Ohio Valley.

Weirton’s Anthony Degori finished second in the qualifier with a round of 72.

Moundsville’s Pete Kurelac III and Kyle Hill were both a shot back at 73.

SENECAVILLE SENIOR LEAGUE

The team of Pilck and McJessey finished the event with the low gross and net score thanks to a round of 33.

This week’s event ended session one and those winners were Pilck and McJessey along with Stavroff and Mayberry.

NIEKRO SCRAMBLE LEFTOVERS

Along with the team titles, many individual prizes were awarded at the Niekro Scramble held late last month at Belmont Hills Country Club.

The long drive male winner was John Becca and the female winner was Karen Rowan.

The closest to the pins were Phil Lewton (No. 2), Kelly Rine (No. 7), Charlie Coss (No. 11), Ron Yost (No. 14).

The former Bridgeport Superintendent and current Board of Education member Roger Stewart was named the ‘Man of the Year.’

The best-dressed award went to Jess Cordery, Jess Cordery, Scott Hammerquist and Ross Roskovich.

BRITISH OPEN

The 143rd Open Championship tees off bright and early (Ohio time) on Thursday at Royal Liverpool.

The British is always one of the more interesting majors to watch. Because, like the U.S. Open, the course is always extremely challenging and scoring conditions are made even tougher because weather usually plays a factor.

Phil Mickelson won the third leg of the career grand slame in 2013 and Ernie Els prevailed in 2012, but I am not going with either of those to prevail this weekend.

I think it’s going to be one of the young guns. I think the Claret Jug will come back across the pond once again to the United States with Jordan Spieth. He’s knocked on the door of several majors already in his short time as a professional.

Spieth will hold off a strong challenge from Rory McIlroy for the victory.

JUNIOR TOURNEY AT BHCC

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. or via email at nbauman740@gmail.com.

UPCOMING SCRAMBLES

  • 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 MonarchSoftballBoosters@gmail.com

  • 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 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.
  • The 19th Annual B-MAC?Scramble will be held on Thursday, July 24th at Bec-Wood Hills Golf Course.

All Mountaineer fans are invited to participate. The $60 fee ($240 per team) includes 18 holes of golf, half cart, beverages on the course, prizes, and a steak fry following catered by Undo’s.

Prizes include Closet to Pin and Longest Drive. There will also be a Corporate Cup competition.

Tee times are available from 10 a.m. through noon.

Bec-Wood has played host to the event since it began. The venerable layout was founded by Martins Ferry’s own Charlie Becca, a 1949 WVU graduate.

Individual and corporate sponsors are available.

A drawing will take place for two tickets for WVU’s games against TCU (Nov. 1) and Kansas State (Nov. 20). Tickets are $10 each.

Rain date for the golf event is Thursday, July 31.

For more information, contact Marshall at (740) 695-4262 or marshaj4@comcast.net, or Budinscak at (740) 695-2944. Registrations are due by July 17.