Off The Tee: O’Donnell Scramble draws large, impressive field

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Ohio Valley is home to numerous golf scrambles throughout the spring, summer and fall.

However, last Saturday’s Cindy O’Donnell Foundation Scramble, which attracted a full field of 36 teams, is quickly climbing the list of premier events.

The proceeds of the event go to the Cindy O’Donnell Foundation, which has donated upwards of $8,000 this year to area charities. Included was the presentation of a $5,000 scholarship to a Shadyside High School student.

“The (tournament) is meant to bring the community together to honor our loved ones,” event organizer and host Patrick O’Donnell said. “I am proud that so many people came out to help the foundation and honor my mother as well as others. It was a great day and event.”

The second-annual tournament was staged at Belmont Hills Country Club.

The champion team received the inaugural George Emery Trophy. Emery was a long-time friend of Patrick O’Donnell and he’s the father of foundation staffer Colby Emery, who was classmates of O’Donnell in high school.

Walking away with the George Emery Trophy was the foursome of Zack Wax, Jesse Merkle, Kyle Wright and Brennen Binni. They shot a 16-under, 56.

They were a shot better than Harry Mowder, Nunzio Pagano, Bruce Thompson and Mark Wilson. Third place, with a round of 58, went to Dwayne Pielech, Jason Lucarelli, Bob Mayhugh and Ed Leonard.

The Second Flight was won by the team of Heath Brooks, Jared Brooks, Casey Klug and Jayson Johnson with a 64. The runnerup in the second flight went to O.J. Diomedi, Derek Simpson, Anthony Lucarelli and Mike Derosa with a round of 64.

The winners of the skill prizes were Jake Ray (longest drive on No. 3), Stephan Pumpa (Longest drive on No. 18), Jacob Ring (closest to the pin on No. 7), Tim O’Grade (closest to the pin on No. 14).

The team putting title went to the team of Jake Ray, Sean Martin, Zach Stokes, Nate Grigsby.

Along with the numerous volunteers, Patrick O’Donnell expressed his appreciation to the following sponsors of the event: Raze International, Central Grille, Maco Workshop, Ohio West Virginia Excavating, Beau Knows, United Masonry, The Paparock Family, Thomas Ryncarz Law, RECO Equipment, Caldwell Dentistry, Prima Marina, L. Schumacher Law, Mike Schuetz State Farm, Shadyside Flower Shop, Defelice Brothers Pizza, The Bigler Family, Sha Nay Nay’s Pizza, Matt’s Tiger Pub, Shadyside Cartage, St. Clairsville Chiropractice, Wal-Mart, Deems Plumbing, Prune’s Pub (Pat O’Donnell), V.C. Wares, Valley Hospice, Chapman Construction, Chrisagis Dentistry, Carlini’s Pizza, Local 83 Wheeling, W.Va., Premium Productions, Career Strategy Consultants Shadyside, Premium Productions, Sparkle & Shine Studio.



The Oglebay Park Men’s Golf Club resumed tournament play last weekend with its 10th event of the season.

The annual Undo’s/McCann Distributing Two-Man Best Ball event was held at Oglebay’s Crispin Course.

The team of Bryan Myers and Rod Lydick posted a 58 to win by a shot over Mack Maguire and Joe Ernst as well as Rich Kelly and Chris Kelly.

Finishing fourth was Paul Kurtz and Penn Kurtz with a core of 60. Bob Clark and Mike Ricci also posted a 60 to finish fifth. Mike Wilson and Mike Bogers were sixth with a 61 and Tom Mitchell and Bill Piccard were seventh with a 61.

Closest to the pins in the event went to George Melnik (No. 2), Mark Smith (No. 5), Jake Pennybacker (No. 7), Tim Gilligan (No. 10) and Rick Welker (No. 13).

The skins went to Rich Kelly (No. 1), Ricci (No. 7), Jake Fullerton (No. 3), Doug Miller (No. 17) and Mark Feizli (No. 18).



The Wheeling Park Golf Club cranked it up once again with several events in the last couple of weeks.

The World Series of Golf kicked off at the club on Aug. 4 with winner’s bracket play.

Tom Mitchell was the winner with a round of 69. He was five shots ahead of Larry Goodnight and Gary Mercer, who finished second and third, respectively. Chris Bommer was fourth with a 75, while Nick Klamut was fifth with a 76.

Dick Moore was the champion of the handicap scoring with a 63. Joe Kosar was second with a 67, while Bob Green was third with a 78. Bill Piccard was fourth with a 70 and Rich Colley was fifth with a 74.

In the non-winner’s bracket, Bruno Decrease was the champion with a 69. He was five shots better than Joe Wurtzbacher. Jim Kupfer was third.

In the handicap scoring, Joe Haught prevailed with a 66. He was seven ahead of Lloyd Carmichael and John Bryan.

On Aug. 7, George Melnik captured the Jim Kupfer Highland Monuments event with a 33. He won by virtue of a scorecard playoff over Rodney Eikey. Mark Maguire (36) was third and Dan Willming (38) was fourth. Dave Stauver and Chris Bommer tied for fifth with a 38.

In the handicap scoring, Bob Green was the winner with a round of 28. He was five shots clear of Larry Goodnight and Bruce Melnik. Joe Haught was fourth, while Jim Ennis and John Bryan tied for fifth.

On Aug. 11, the Greco’s Bernie Schultz Memorial Scotch/Bestball Scramble was held.

Bommer and Mercer teamed for the victory with a round of 64, which was a shot better than Klamut and Decrease, who finished with a 65. Kosar and Willming posted a 65, while Melnik and Evans were fourth with a 66.

In the handicap scoring, Ennis and Green teamed for a 58, which was two shots clear of Stauver and Moore. Campbell and Piccard signed for a 62, while Bryan and Carmichael were fourth with a 64.

On July 31, Mike Brickner was the winner of the Keystone Industrial Services event with a round of 32. He was a shot better than Stephen Gretchen. Rich Humphrey was third with a 35 and Chris Bommer was fourth with a 35. George Melnik rounded out the top five.

Doug Miller claimed the handicap scoring with a 32. Rick Diefenbaugh also posted a 32. Tony Coppa was third with a 33, while both Dick Moore and Bob Green posted 34s to round out the top five.


The 37th annual event was held on Aug. 10 at Fairway River Links in Rayland.

Winning the team title with a round of 14-under par was the foursome of Mozingo, Hand, O’Grady and Patterson. Second place went to Boroski Sr., Boroski Jr., Clark and Zavasky. Third place was claimed by a foursome of R. Zitzlesberger, R.J. Zitzelsberger, Pielech and Kovalski.

The closest to the pin prizes went to Uhl on No. 6, McLure on No. 11 and Majors on No. 18.


BILL SOKOLOWSKI achieved his fourth career ace on Saturday, Aug. 17 at Belmont Hills Country Club. He used a 6-iron on his shot, which measured 172 yards. His feat was witnessed by Joe Gaudio, Dan Shay and John Jeffries.


THE BRIDGEPORT wrestling program will host its fourth annual golf scramble on Saturday, Sept. 7 at Paradise Hills Golf Course. The entry fee is $60 a person or $240 for a team. The entry fee includes golf, cart, door prizes, food, beverages. The event will begin with a shotgun scramble at 8:30 a.m. For more information, contact David Nelson at 614-638-7326 or Dom Vinci at 740-296-8418.

THE SHADYSIDE Lady Tigers Basketball Team will hold its annual scramble on Saturday, Sept. 14 at BecWood Hills Golf Course. The event will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The entry fee is $60 per person or $240 for a team. Sponsorships are also available for the event. More information can be gained from Brandon Parr (304-650-3623).


It’s hard to believe. But, this is the final installment of Off the Tee for the 2019 summer. It started in April and has run weekly. Local golf results, hole-in-ones, scramble information, etc. can still be submitted to sstaskey@timesleaderonline.com. The Off The Tee will officially return next April.

Thanks for reading and we’ll see ya on the course!


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