OVGA races winding down for 2014

The summer golf season is winding down.

Actually, the summer is dwinding, which is even more upsetting because golf can continue into the fall and depending upon the winter may never end.

Anyhow, one of the summer’s top amateur golf tour is drawing to a close officially. However, the chase for the title has actually been over for weeks.

The Ohio Valley Golf Association’s next to last event is on tap for Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at Wheeling Park with the Bella Via Amateur.

The following weekend, the T.J. Sports Garden Senior Amateur will be held at Crispin and the Ohio Valley Amateur will be played on Sept. 20-21, which will set the stage for the OVGA Appreciation Banquet on Sept. 24.

Barring something totally unforseen, Bryan Myers is going to win the OVGA Player of the Year title. He’s accumulated 190 points. Buckeye Local grad Jade Waligura is currently second in the standings with 77 points.

Paul Kurtz is third overall and tops in the senior standings with 74 points. Larry Lis Jr and Thadd Obecny, who has since departed to begin his collegiate career at Central Florida, are fourth and fifth with 65 and 64 points, respectively.

Ron Helms currently sits in second place in the senior standings with 46 and Roger Kupfer is third with 45.



I would be remiss if I didn’t give a shoutout to the Ohio Valley Christian Soldiers and the work it invested into the 10 Jeffrey Showalter Memorial Celebrity Tournaments it hosted at Belmont Hills Country Club.

While it’s unfortunate to hear the event won’t be played further, it’s understood why because of the mass amounts of work it involves, especially in terms of lining up the celebrity players.

I had the esteemed pleasure of playing in the event a few times and always ranked it as one of the top events on the Ohio Valley golf calendar each year.

The list of celebrities the event drew was always impressive. Attracting two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin was a very good way to send the event out.

The Ohio Valley Christian Soldiers does a multitude of good work for the community and there’s no doubt that will continue.

It was a great run for the golf tournament. Thanks to the O.V. Christian Soldiers for making it happen.


While most are eagerly anticipating the start of college football later this week, collegiate golf is just a few weeks from getting started.

Alderson-Broaddus will be a team to keep an eye on. The Battlers, which are just in their second year of offering golf as a varsity sport, feature Adam Jeffries and Seth Vannoy. Both are St. C. products and both had solid summers. Jeffries used a furious charge on Sunday to win the Belmont Hills Club Championship.

The Battlers begin the fall portion of their schedule on Sept. 7 at the Cedarville Invitational.

The aformenetioned Obecny and Central Florida begin their campaign on Sept. 5 at the Northern Intercollegiate event in Illinois.

St. Clairsville product Zach Keylor is preparing for his sophomore season at Walsh University.


There’s a cliche that says it never rains on the golf course.

I am guessing Mother Nature didn’t care about that adage on Wednesday morning when the Ohio Valley was pounded by rain. Some parts of the valley got more than three inches of rain and it led to some flash flooding.

The weather took its toll on Wheeling Country Club’s course. Nothing too damaging, but the course was shut down for the day on Wednesday. The course re-opened normally on Thursday.


The club will host its annual Husband-Wife Championship today with the event beginning with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The format is modified alternate shot with gross and net prizes. While the players don’t have to be married to participate, the couples must be married to win the championship.


The Senecaville Senior League resumed play last week. Frank Harr and Dennis Pilck recorded the closest to the pins. The low gross teams of Pilck and McJessey, Pontius and Harr and Cobler and Arnold fired a round of 35 to prevail.

The low net went to Schultice and Modock at 33.

The results of the weekly league were as follows:

Pontius/Harr 2, Peters/Hartley 0; Coblenz/Arnold 2, Allender/Davis 0; Stevens/Hartley 2, Koegler/Robinson 0; Clapper/Magers 2, Gander/Wickham 0; Pilck/Mcjessey 2, Williams Ruppel 0; Spratt/Christman 2, Millhone/Ullmann 0 ; Bodner/McGee 2, Trott/Kapolka 0; Schultice/Modock 2, Samida/Bell 0; Stavroff/Mayberry 2, StClair/Carpenter 0.


The PGA ‘Playoffs’ got started on Thursday when the Barclays Championship teed off. I usually reserve my PGA predictions for the majors, but I am going with Webb Simpson to win the FedEx Cup and $10M prize. It’s going to be very interesting to watch over the next month before it’s all settled in Atlanta at The Tour Championship.


The Caldwell boys’ basketball and football programs will host a fall golf outing for the purpose of raising funds for both programs on Sunday, Oct. 5 with a shotgun start planned for 8 a.m.. Cost is $220 per team ($55 per player) for 18 holes of golf, a t-shirt, door prize drawings and a meal provided by the programs. A skins game and mulligans will be available. Prizes for longest drive, longest putt, closest to the pin, and closest second shot will also be awarded. Beverages will be available on the course throughout the day. Cash prizes will be awarded to first and second place teams. Entry is limited to the first 20 teams registered. Sponsorships are available. For more information contact Clint Crane (740) 221-9008 or via email ccrane@caldwell.k12.oh.us


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.

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.