The Belmont Hills Country Club golf season is under way as the course rounds back into shape from the battles with Old Man Winter.
Club Professional Ron Baker has a full schedule of club and outside events this spring and summer.
The season actually got started on April 6 with the Snowbird Scramble.
The premier event for the BHCC is its annual Member-Guest Tournament, which is slated for July 10-12. The annual club championship - for men and women - is set for Aug. 9-10.
Some of the top outside events at the course include the Tom Dowler Memorial on May 19, the annual Phil Niekro Bridgeport event on June 27, the Jeffrey Showalter Memorial Tournament on Aug. 13 and the LeeAnn Schambach event on Aug. 24.
The aforementioned Snowbird Scramble was won by the team of Jason Balcar, Rennie Minor, Bill Sokolowski and Steve Mercer.
Finishing second in the event were Larry Landtiser, Chuck Newell, Alex Marshall and JC Thrash. The third-place foursome consisted of Vic Wood, Marc Kajfez, Phil Pata Jr. and Nick Karras.
All three teams finished with rounds of 62, but the places were determined through sudden death playoffs.
Winning the closest to the pin crowns was Larry Landtiser. Finishing second was Clay Wood.
On top of its tournaments, events and challenging course, Belmont Hills is also hosting Demo Days, which are open to the public. Both Adams Golf and TaylorMade will host a Demo Day on April 19. All of the latest equipment from the company will be available to tested from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the BHCC Driving Range.
Ping will hold a demo day on Saturday, May 3.
WHEELING PARK GOLF CLUB
The annual Bella Via Tournament was held on Wednesday evening. Doug Miller claimed the medal division with a round of 32. Also posting a 32 was Ron Helms. Art Lightner finished with a round of 35. Roger Kupfer (36), David Coram (37) and Korey Recinella (37) rounded out the top five cards.
Jim Ennis won the handicap scoring with a 35. Also finishing with a 35 was Chris Bommer. Tom Mitchell was third with a 36.
SAINTS CLUB EVENT TO BENEFIT ST. C. GOLF
The third annual Saints Club/Butch Soukup Memorial Golf Scramble will be held at Belmont Hills on Saturday, May 4. The event will begin with a shotgun start at 8:45 a.m. Tournament director Randy Mellott is expecting a full field of 38 teams to take part in the event, which will have all of its proceeds benefit the St. Clairsville High School Golf Program
"We wanted to honor Butch because of his active he was at St. Clairsville and with the golf program," Mellott said. "We thought this way we'd be able to help the golf team, too. They've used the funds from the events to buy shirts, balls, rain suits, etc. for the kids."
After the round of golf, the players will go to the St. Clairsville American Legion Post 159 for an Outback catered dinner. Prior to the round, Starbucks will provide coffee and pastries.
Other major sponsors for the event include: Pizza Shack/Sun Video; Buffalo Wild Wings; Whitesides; Perry and Associates; Jenkins Sporting Goods; Baumer Financial Group; Jamie's Auto Truck Repair; Holly's Dress Boutique; Katko Ltd.; Toothman's Funeral Home; Bob Sabo Nationwide Insurance; Egypt Valley Stone; McGee Office Supply; Foster Insurance; Clayton and Keylor Family and James Carson Family.
There will be several special contests during the round. Baumer Financial Group is sponsoring a $10,000 hole-in-one prize on Hole #2 and Sabo Insurance is sponsoring a $5,000 putting contest.
The tournament will also honor the St. C. senior golfers from the 2013 season as honorary captains.
They include: Seth Vannoy, Michael Eaton, Nathan Teater, Dalton Showalter and Joel Giffin.
The top two teams will receive prizes.
For more information, contact Mellott at 695-2406.
The Mountain East Conference announced its inaugural all conference golf squad last week when the southern regional wrapped up.
West Liberty was the only school in the conference with two players on the first team. Ryan Thomson and Matt Iceton were recognized and Iceton was also named the conference's freshman of the year.
Thompson finished with a two-day score of 145, while Iceton posted two-round total of 148.
In the women's event, Wheeling Jesuit's Kasey Frazier earned MEC Player of the Year.
West Liberty's women finished fifth in the tournament, which was held at Berry Hills Country Club in South Charleston.
The Lady Hilltoppers' scorers included River graduate Samantha Knowlton, who shot a 188 and Martins Ferry grad Kaitlyn Bliss, who posted a 190.
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The tournament, which is open to the first 22 paid teams, costs $60 a man or $240 per team. There is an optional skins game for $5 per man or $20 per team.
The cost of the tournament includes steak dinner, awards, door prizes, beverages on the course, cart and golf.
The tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Registration is slated for 11:30 a.m. and a hot dog lunch will be served at that time.
All proceeds from the event will go toward two $500 scholarships to benefit Union Local and Harrison Central High School students.
For more information, or to register, please contact William McGowan at 740-942-0473 or Chuck Bizzari at 740-942-8196.
The event will begin at noon with a shotgun start. Lunch and registration will begin at 11 a.m. Following the round, dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. The cost for a team is $500 or $125 per player. There will also be prizes, a putting contest and a 50-50 raffle. For more information, to register or become a sponsor of the event, please conact R.J. Konkoleski at 699-3980.
The scramble costs $200 per team and includes green fees, cart, refreshments on the course and dinner after the round. The tournament, which will award prizes to the top three placing teams, is limited to 36 teams.
The prizes will for winning is $400, the second place team will receive $200 and the third place team receives $100.
For more information or to register a team, please contact Phil Pata at 695-0691.
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