Solid valley contingent in W.Va. Open

Several area competitors are in Glade Springs, W.Va. this week to compte in the 81st annual West Virginia Open.

It’s a multiple-day stroke-play event being held on the Cobb Course to crown the premier player in the Mountain State.

Competitors from the Northern Pandhandle include: Anthony Degori (Weirton), Pete Kurelac III (Moundsville), Jason Martin (Wheeling), Bryan Myers (Wheeling), Joey Seabright (Wheeling) and Dylan Wojcik (Wheeling).

The tournament opened on Wednesday and runs through Saturday.


The OVGA resumes its season this weekend at Highland Springs Golf Course at the 15th Annual John Rasz Memorial, which will be held on Saturday and Sunday. After this weekend’s event, the next tournament isn’t until Aug. 30 and 31 when the Bella Via Amateur tees it up at Wheeling Park Golf Club.

With three more tournaments to be played, the aforementioned Myers owns a commanding lead in the chase for yet another Player of the Year award.

Myrs has accumulated 140 points, while Paul Kurtz sits in second with 74. Central Florida-bound Thadd Obecny II has 64 and sits in third place.

The complete top 10 are as follows:

1. Bryan Myers, 140; 2. Paul Kurtz, 74; 3. Thadd Obecny II, 64; 4. Bart Mease, 50; 5. Vinny Nadeau, 50; 6. Mark Cimarolli, 49; 7. Ron Helms, 46; 8. Roger Kupfer, 45; 8. Bob Potts, 45; 10. Eric Fisher, 44.

As for the senior players’ standings, Kurtz is the run-away leader with his 104 points. The senior race also has three events remaining.

The top five seniors are as follows:

1. Paul Kurtz, 104; 2. Mike Wilson, 48; 3. Ron Helms, 46; 4. Roger Kupfer, 45; 5. Rich Miller, 39.


BOB BETHEL of St. Clairsville recorded his 14th career ace on July 19th at Belmont Hills Country Club on the 164-yard 2nd hole. He used an 8-iron and the shot was witnessed by Larry Landtiser and Rennie Minor.

DAN SHAY of Wheeling aced the 149-yard 14th hole at Belmont Hills on July 20. He used a 9-iron on his shot, which was witnessed by Jack Carpenter and Bill Sokolowski.


The First National Bank Junior Golf Tour resumed this past week at the Zoar Golf Club in Zoar.

Luke Engle shot a 1-over, 73, to win the medalist crown. The top area finisher was Buckeye Trail’s Jed Burga. He shot a 78. Martins Ferry’s Andrew Chlon posted a round of 79.

Buckeye Trail’s Will Davis checked in with a round of 81.

In the 12 and under division, Martins Ferry’s Luke Krol finished third with a round of 45. He was five shots off the pace.


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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