OFF THE TEE: OVGA?season drawing toward a conclusion

The OVGA season is winding down quickly. The 13th annual T.J. Sports Garden Senior Amateur is set for today at Oglebay Park’s Crispin Center.

The 21st annual Ohio Valley Amateur is set for Sept. 21 and 22 at the Steubenville Country Club for the opening round and the Wheeling Country Club for the final round.

The event will formally determine the OVGA Player of the Year title. The post-season banquet will be held on Sept. 25.

Bryan Myers appears to be well on his way to winning yet another OVGA Player of the Year crown.

He has accumulated 205 points, which is 35 more than Larry Lis Jr. Thadd Obecny II is currently third and he is also sits atop the Junior Division.

He has 1,300 points in the junior rankings, which is a sizable lead over Kyle Wensel and Mike Spitak.

In the senior division, Gary Schrickel holds a slim six-point lead over Mike Wilson. Rich Miller (76 points) is third.


The Timbergrove Construction 2-man scramble was held on Aug. 28. The duo of Lightner fired a score of 29. Mercer and Bommer posted a score of 30 to finish second, while Colley and Carney were third with a 31.

In the handicap scoring, DeSantis and Foose teamed for a 27, which was two clear of Druschel and Crow. Syrylo and Traylor also had a 27.

The A&B Kia sponsored event was held Aug. 21. Art Lightner posted a 3-shot victory with a round of 31. Rich Colley was second and Dave Yeager finished third.

The handicap scoring crown went to Ted Koski, who shot a 31. Bob Hoffman fired a 31 and Gary Mercer was third with a 34.


Another week of league play was held. Max Milhone posted the closest to the pin and Reid Koegler had the closest to the pin on the second shot during Senecaville Senior League Play.

The low gross team score went to Stavroff and Mayberry, which teamed for a round of 34. The low net went to Peters and Hartley. They finished with a 33.


The second annual Rick Bear Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Sept. 21 at Cadiz Country Club. The event will begin with an 11 a.m. shotgun start.

The entry fee is $240 for a foursome, which includes hot dogs and beverages at the turn as well as dinner after the round. There will be cash prizes for the top three teams.

The proceeds of the event benefit the Harrison County Little League Baseball Association. For more information, please contact Adam Bear at 740-391-3074.


In less than a month, Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin will be the place to be as the annual President’s Cup returns to the course that Jack built.

The rosters are set as the team captains — Fred Couples and Nick Price — made their final picks this past week.

I?am absolutely a huge fan of the Couples’ picks, which included rookie Jordan Spieth and Webb Simpson. Both deserve to be there and it’s a good introduction to playing on the world-wide level.

The President’s Cup and Ryder Cup Tournaments both generate all sorts of interest for both the players and fans.

It’s just a taste of what’s in store in 2016 when golf becomes part of the Olympic program. There’s world-wide interest from the fans and the players.

It’s going to be quite an environment in suburban Columbus next month and then again in Rio de Janeiro in three years.