Showalter Memorial Scramble planning under way for Aug. 14

One of the area’s premier scrambles is quickly approaching at Belmont Hills Country Club.

The annual Jeffrey Showalter Memorial Celebrity Golf Classic will be held on Aug. 14 and will begin at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start. The entry fee is $600 per team ($150 per man) and each team will have a celebrity playing with it.

The scramble is the chief fundraiser for the Ohio Valley Christian Soldiers. The group benefits local Ohio Valley causes. The Christian Soldiers have raised more than $240,000 in their eight-year history.

The entire list of celebrities, who are planning on taking part, isn’t finalized yet. However, some names who are already committed to playing are: Jim Bradshaw, Don Donatelli, Frank Thomas, Bob Butts, Lance Mehl, Pete Gonzalez, Mike Ciccirella, John Candelaria, Don Sutherin, Robin Cole and Sid Bream.

Major Corporate Sponsors thus far include: Whiteside’s, Consol Energy, Inc., United Dairy, SP Financial Strategies, Lou Costanzo & Associates, Charles Dematte (Pike Island Dental Associates), Tim’s Custom Installation, Muxie Distributing, Lamar, Bridgeport Auto Parts, Thorp Reed and Armstrong, WesBanco and Ye Olde Alpha who will be providing over 200 steak dinners at “no charge” for the OVCS.

To donate, inquire about membership or to sponsor the golf outing, call the Ohio Valley Christian Soldiers at (740) 699-2468.


The Fred and Mary Jo Mehlman Indepdence Day Tournament was held at Belmont Hills Country Club on Thursday.

The winning team in the 2 net, best ball of 4 event, was the foursome of Dave Murphy, Dave Diosi, Andy Yanok and Michelle Anders.

There was a three-way tie for second place between the foursomes of Gary Young, Mark Costine, Dr. Rob Looby and Bob Zilai as well as the team of John Jeffries, Joe Wetzel, Steve Mercer and Bill Sokolowski. The third foursome to finish with a 118 was Patrick O’Donnell, Dan Ponzani, Dick Cope and Larry Thomas.

The Red Ball winners were Murphy, Diosi, Yanok and Anderson.


The Wharton’s Auto Service scotch twosome was held on June 19. The duo of Fitzsimmons and Fitzsimmons fired a round of 31, which was three clear of Ennis and Green as well as Younkins and Melnik.

In the handicap scoring, Colley and Carney teamed for a 31 and the victory.

On June 26, the Gabe Benson and Joe Figaretti Memorial event was held. Bob Green shot a round of 32 to win the medal division. Dan Willming was second with a 33.

Tony Campbell won the handicap scoring with a round of 31. Rick Diefenbaugh shot a 32 to finish second.

On June 30, the Joe and Pat Kuskey 2-man scramble was held. Mike Brickner and John Wakim shot a round of 60 to win the event, while Gary Mercer and Chris Bommer were second, two shots back. On the handicap scoring list, Paul Carney and Colley prevailed with a 52.


The First National Bank Junior Golf Tour took to the Par 72 Green Valley Golf Course in New Philadelphia last Monday.

Recent Martins Ferry graduate Andrew Chlon finished second in the event after winning a two-hole playoff. He shot a round of 78, which was two shots back of the winner. Taylor Shane, who’s had a solid summer of play, fired a round of 82.

Joel Shane shot a round of 40, which tied for second in the 13-15 division, which was shortened to nine holes because of weather. Martins Ferry’s Luke Krol shot a round of 47 to finish third in the 12 and under division.



One of the premier events of the OVGA season is set for this weekend at Speidel Golf Club at Oglebay Park.

The 14th annual Stoney Hollow Tire Amateur Golf Championship is expecting to draw a full field.

Two weeks later, the 14th annual John Rasz Memorial will be held at Highland Springs.

All told, there are still four more events to be held and one senior event. All of that will go toward determing the OVGA Player of the Year.


Adam Ramsey recorded a hole-in-one last Monday on the 174-yard 2nd hole at Oglebay’s Crispin Course. Ramsey, who is from Pittsburgh, used a 7-iron for his shot, which was witnessed by Nathan Bates.


Max Millone won the closest to the pin and Mike Arnold posted the closest to the pin on the second shot during league play last week.

Koegler and Robinson teamed for a round of 36, which was the low gross of the day. That same duo posted a 34 net score, which was also the low round of the tourney.


THE UNION Local Touchdown Club Golf Scramble will be held on Saturday, July 27 at Crooked Creek Golf Course. The event will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. For more information, please contact Shane Kildow at 740-391-5928.

THE BELMONT Mountaineer Athletic Club scramble has changed its initial date. The event will now be held on Thursday, Aug. 29 at BecWood Hills Golf Course. The event benefits scholarships for local athletes at West Virginia University. The cost of the scramble is $50, which includes golf, cart, prizes, beverages and a picnic following the round. For more information, or to enter a team, please contact John S. Marshall at 740-695-4262.