OFF THE TEE: Member-Guest set to tee off Friday at BHCC

There’s an event on every sporting calendar that serves as the one that the players aim toward.

When you’re talking about golf at Belmont Hills Country Club, that event is the Member Guest Invitational.

The 46th annual gets underway officially on Friday, but all of the events that surround it begin on Wednesday with the annual Champions Dinner.

From that point on, the focus shifts to who will win the coveted green jacket as the champions for 2014.

On Thursday, the players will get a chance to take a look at the course during an informal tournament where the players make their own foursomes and play 1 net, best ball with their tournament handicap.

Qualifying for the Great Par 3 shootout also begins. That evening, there will be a welcoming party at the pool.

The first match of the actual tournament goes off at 8:30 a.m. on Friday with a shotgun start. The second match will begin at 11:30 a.m.

After dinner, the team putting contest and great par three chip off will begin.

The final day of the begins at 8:30 a.m. with the third match and the fourth match will again go off at 11:30 a.m.

The Flight Winners will be determined and then those duos will advance into the playoff.

The awards’ dinner will begin at 7 p.m.

Back to defend their championship are member Dave Diosi and guest Kent Hess.


The annual Fred & Mary Jo Mehlman Independence Day Tournament was held on Friday, utilizing the 2 net, best ball of four format.

The winning team, which shot a score of 114, was comprised of Rennie Minor, Ernie Wilson, Sonny Jacobs and Kevin Abel.

The second place foursome was comprised of Terry Carson, Mark Costine, Bob Zilai, Charles Melchiori. That team finished with a 117.

The third-place award went to Gary Young, Phil Pata Jr., Dr. Rob Looby and Rob Anderson. That squad finished with a 118. This team also captured the Red Ball winner with a score of 64.


  • PHIL PATA – while taking part in the Fred & Mary Jo Mehlman event on Friday – aced the 100-yard second hole with an 8-iron.


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


The Wheeling Country Club also held an Independence Day event, which used the format of one best ball gross plus one best ball net.

The winning team, which finished with a score of 127, was comprised of Carl Bippus, Jeff Shultz, Barry Hill and Billy Petroplus.

Second place went to T.O. II, J.T. Thomas, Jim Brinskey and Frank Joanou with a score of 128.

Third place with a score of 130 was captured by Scott Seabright, Rich Churilla, Tim Leonard and Mike Bailey.

The longest putt of the day was made by Bippus, while Jim Brinskey was closest to the pin on number six.


The First National Junior Bank Tour held an event at the Green Valley Golf Club on Monday. Nick Blakeley and Buckeye Trail’s Jed Burga both posted round sof 76, but Blakely prevailed in a playoff for the medalist in the 16-18 year old division.

Martins Ferry’s Joel Shane posted a solid round of 77, which was tied for third.

In the 12 and under division, Martins Ferry’s Luke Krol posted a round of 53 for 9 holes to finish second overall.


St. Clairsville High product and current Alderson-Broaddus golfer Adam Jeffries finished ninth in the Mid Ohio Golf Tournament last weekend. Jeffries shot a two-day score of 142 for the solo position on the leaderboard. He posted rounds of 69 and 73.

Future Battler golfer Seth Vannoy – a 2014 St. C. High graduate – also took part in the event. He finished with a 156.


The senior league was held last week and the low net and low gross score for the week was shared by Stavroff and Mayberry along with Pilck and McJessey with a round of 34.

The closest to the pin was recorded by John Samida and the closest to the pin on the second shot was captured by Frank Harr.


  • 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 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).