Obecny fires a course-record 59 at Wheeling CC

A lot of talented golfers have played the tough course of the Wheeling Country Club during its 112-year history.

However, only one has posted a round of 59 and it occurred on Thursday evening.

University of Central Florida freshman to be Thadd Obecny IIfired a round of 59, which broke the course record that was previously shared by former club pro Rich Churilla and Obecny.

Obecny’s round included birdies at 1, 2, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14 and 17. He also eagled the par 5, 13th and didn’t post a bogey.


The 17th annual Pat Clutter Memorial Golf Scramble drew a strong field of 35 teams to the event held at Oglebay Park’s Crispin Course on Aug. 1.

The winning foursome of Mike Anthony, Mike Bishop, Paymon Komali and Eric Coe shot a blistering 20 under par, 51, for the victory.

The team was 10 under on both the front and back sides of the course. On top of their winning score, they also produced one of the tournament’s best moments.

Coe recorded an ace on the 155-yard, 13th hole with a 7-iron. It was his fourth career hole-in-one.

Unfortunately, for Coe, who is from Tiltonsville, there was no car or hefty prize on the hole.

He did win the closest to the pin on the hole, however.

As well as the winning team played, they were crowned the victors by a shot over Muschweck, Pickett, Keding and Baurn, which shot a 52. Finishing third was the team of Jewell, Kreiter, Frey and Jewell at 55.

There were special prizes on basically every hole.

Those winners were as follows: Chad Adams (Hole No. 1 shortest drive), George Templin (No.2 closest to the pin); Mike Crummitt (No. 3 closest to the pin second shot); Brent Robinson (No. 4 closest to the pin second shot); Paymon Kamali (No. 5 closest to the pin) and Bradley Smoker and Kamali (blind fold closest to the pin); Mike McDonald (No. 6 longest putt); David Wilson (No. 7 closest to the pin); McDonald (No. 8 longest drive); Bob Braun (No. 9 second closest to the pin); Lee Lincoln (No. 10 closest to the pin); Adam Pickett (No. 11 closest to the pin second shot); Josh Hungerman (No. 12 longest drive under 50 years old) and Bill Sebastian (longest drive over 50 years old); Eric Coe (No. 13 hole in one package and closest to the pin); David Frey (No. 14 closest to the pin second shot); Zack Eckman (No. 15 closest to the pin second shot); Jason Baggott (No. 16 closest to the pin on the drive); Rick Scherich (No. 17 longest putt made); Bill Schwab (No. 18 closest to the tree in fairway).



The Senecaville Senior League continued on Aug. 5 with Ellis Christman and Steve McJessey won the closest to the pin crowns during the event, while Pilck and McJessey finished with the low gross and low net with a round of 32.


The fourth annual Tom Donahue Memorial Classic Golf Scramble attracted 14 teams to its tournament last month at Horseshoe Bend Golf Course in Armstrong Mills last month.

The winning team was captained by Bill Harrier and shot a 58. The team led by Glen Kubovich finished second a shot back and Doug Day captained the third-place team with a round of 62.

The American Legion expressed its thanks to the following sponsors and donors: Total Sports Connection, Snyder’s Potato Chip Lew Delbert, Touchdown Club, Blue Angel, The Runners Connection, Rigas, 24/7, Pytlak Barber Shop, J&L Auto Body, VFW #626, The family of Bernard Walker, Muxie’s, World Gym, DeFelie Pizza Martins Ferry, Vivid Graphix, Richard & Rose Rosepapa, DeVendras Auto Care, Carl’s Auto Repair, Save Rite, West Texas Roadhouse, 3R Farms INC, Bauknect-Altmeyer, Paz, Edens Car Sales, Belmont Savings Bank, Emergency Medical Transport, Outback, Red Lobster, The Roosevelt Restaurant, Howard Long Wellness Center, Nathan’s Sports Shop, BecWood Hills, Donahue Family, Tiger Pub, Central Grille, Carlini’s Pizza, Gulla’s Hot Dog, “R” Barber Shop, Oglebay Golf Courses, Knights of Columbus of Bellaire; Leva’s, Chirp’s Auto Body, Cheddars, American Income Life, Cool 100.5 FM Johnny O, Boscovs, Leva’s in Bellaire, I.C.R. Supply, Logan’s Roadhouse, Thomas Chrysler, Riesbeck’s of Shadyside, Doyle Inc., New Cut Tool, Vickey Saber Unit 52 Auxilliary President, M&M Sales, Gary and Dave Shultz, Wheeling Island Hotel and Casino, Longhorn Steakhouse, Flower Family, Bill Wilson Post 52 Commander and The Times Leader.


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 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.

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 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.