Club championships set for this weekend

One of the premier golf events for the membership of the Belmont Hills Country Club is slated for this weekend.

The annual club championship will be held Saturday and Sunday. It will consist of three rounds of stroke play for the championship flight and two for the flighted competitors.

The championship flight will play a round Saturday and then two rounds on Sunday.



A whole host of championship events will be held at Wheeling Country Club this week.

The Junior Club Championship got underway this morning and the Men’s Club Championship will be held Aug. 8-10 as a 54-hole stroke-play tournament. On Saturday and Sunday, the Men’s Class Championship will be played with the players broken down by handicaps into flights.

On Sunday is the Ladies Club Championship, which is an 18-hole event.


The Tom Carney Best Ball Tournament was held last weekend. The event was broken into three flights.

The Flight I winner was the duo of Jack Carpenter and Chuck Poindexter, which fired a score of 59. The second place team was Larry Gertscher and The Tim Conway with a score of 60.

In Flight II, Sonny Jacobs and Andy Yanok prevailed with a score of 60. Joe Wetzel and J.C. Thrash finished second with a 62.

In the Sunday matches, Dave Murphy and Dave Diosi posted a 61 to win the Flight I crown. Finishing second was Larry Gertscher and The Tim Conway with a 61.

In Flight II, there was a tie for the title between the duos of Dan Shay and Dan Auber along with Bill Sokolowski and Dr. Rob Looby.

Because of rain, there was no playoff, but the overall winner was Gertscher and Conway with a 121. At 123 was Shay and Auber.

The winners of the closest to the pins were Gertscher and Looby.


The John Wilson Memorial 9-hole scramble was held last Sunday. Jim Ennis and Bob Green finished first with a score of 30, while Art Lightner and Roger Kupfer were second, also posting a round of 30.

Bob McLaughlin and Nick Klamut finished third with a 32. Also finishing with a round of 32 was the team of Rich Colley and Dick Moore.

In the handicap scoring, Bob Geyer and Tony Campbell prevailed with a score of 26. That was a shot better than the duo of Jerry Daugherty and Joe Fatagati.

The 19th annual Hole Allen Kage Memorial 9-hole bestball tournament was held on Aug. 3. McLaughlin and Klamut finished with a 27 for the championship in the handicap division.

In the medal scoring, Lightner and Kupfer posted a 28. Jim Ennis and Bob Green finished with a 33.


The Ed Carenbauer Senior Club Championship continued last Sunday with quarterfinal matches.

All four of the higher seeds – John Karras (No. 1), Phil High (No. 3), Jeff Cieply (No. 4) and Jay Adams (No. 2) – advanced to the semifinals in impressive fashion.

The semifinals are required to be completed by Sunday. They’re pitting Karras and Cipeply along with Adams and High against each other.

The championship match will be held Aug. 17.

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.


The inaugural Dominick Nardo Memorial Scholarship Golf Scramble will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Belmont Hills Country Club with a shotgun start slated for 9 a.m. The entry fee is $125 per player and that includes golf, lunch, beverages, snacks, dinner and prizes.

For more information, to register a team or become a sponsor, please contact Mike Drake (740-310-1271), Staci Butkus (740-391-0877) or Melissa Freeman (740-391-9491.


THE 32ND annual St. Joseph’s Tiltonsville Holy Name Society golf scramble will be held on Saturday, Aug. 16 at Fairway River Links. The event will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. and the cost is $50 per golfer, which includes golf, cart and all day food and beverages. Trophies and prizes will be awarded and there will be a closest to the pin competition. Hole sponsorships are available for $25. For more information or to register, please contact Fairway River Links at 740-859-9304 or 859-2698.

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.

THE MARTINS Ferry American Legion Post #38 will hold a 3-man golf scramble on Sunday, Aug. 10 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 Glencoe American Legion Outing will be held on Saturday. The Glencoe American Legion Post 632 will sponsor its annual golf scramble at the Horseshoe Bend Golf Course on Captina Creek Highway, west of Powhatan Point. There will be a shotgun start at 9 a.m. with registration beginning at 8. The cost is $50 per golfer including a chicken dinner following the scramble at the golf course. All proceeds will go to the family of a local man crushed in an industrial accident. Pre-registration and hole sponsorship are available by contacting Butch Meager 740-671-1059. All golfers are invited to participate.


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.


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.