OFF THE TEE: Wheeling CC senior championship begins

The club held its annual Men’s Stag Day Invitational late last week, utilizing the 2 best balls of four, Stableford Points System.

The winning team – comprised of Charlie Coss, Hank Fleishour, Scott Marshall and Ron Yost – finished with 64 points. That total was two better than the team of Ron Stephens, Eric Stakem, Sean Jamison and JW4.

The closest to the pin prize on the ninth hole went to Jacob Nickell, while Jamison was the prize winner on the 12th hole.

Also at the Wheeling Country Club, the annual Ed Carenbauer Senior Club Championship qualifier got underway on Saturday.

Taking part in the event were Frank Joanou, Reno Diorio, Ray Byrd, Jay Adams, Dave Zatezalo, Jeff Shultz, Paul Irby, Joe Marchlenski, Frank Thalman, Phil High, Jeff Cieply, Carl Bippus and Doug Molnar.

Qualifying were Adams (65), High (65), Cieply (69), Carenbauer (70), Irby (71), Molnar (71) and Joanou (72).

The pairings for this mornings matchup play event are as follows: Karras vs. Joanou at 9:30 a.m.; High vs. Irby at 9:40 a.m.; Cieply vs. Carenbauer at 9:50 a.m. and Adams vs. Molnar at 10 a.m.


The final major of the golf season begins on Thursday at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville when the 96th PGA Championship tees off.

The course, which hosted the 2008 Ryder Cup, will play a par 71 and measures 7,458 yards. For the membership at the club, the course is normally a par 72.

It’s going to be a very interesting tournament on the first two days – if for no other reason – than that the game’s two most recognizable players are playing together. Tiger Woods, who will play just his fourth tournament since back surgery, is in a group that also features Phil Mickelson.

It’s also a fun tournament because the three major winners from 2014 – Adam Scott (Masters), Martin Kaymer (U.S. Open) and Rory McIlroy (British Open) – are also put in the same group. That should make for some extremely entertaining golf.

I think the major chase is finally going to end for one of the game’s biggest stars who needs a win to fully validate himself.

I am going with Sergio Garcia to hoist the Wanamaker Trophy on Sunday evening. Garcia has been playing extremely well. He fired a 61 on Friday at Firestone and put himself in a position to challenge at the British.


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.


As staggering as it is to believe, high school golf practice started on Friday and the first matches, in Ohio, are permitted on Wednesday. The Times Leader’s annual golf preview is contained in today’s edition on Page C8..

Area coaches are thanked for doing their part in returning their information for the preview. Good luck this season!


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.
  • 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.