Women’s golf news


The annual Williams Country Club “Rally for a Cure” charity golf event was held with more participants than the previous years, therefore earning more dollars for charities. Rally for a Cure started off as an annual event to raise money for awareness and research for the Susan G. Komen breast cancer fund basically with the women’s golf associations. For years it remained a “ladies-only” event, until it was discovered this was not only a disease for women, this also affected the male population, so why not have the men participate.

At first some of the women balked at letting the men of the membership join in the rally and refused to play if it would be a mixed group. The senior men of the club decided to donate and join the little group and then found they had a great “fun day of golf” with the ladies, and could also win great prizes with a tasty lunch. The rallies became more successful, and, with that, more money was generated for “Cure for Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Awareness.”

Soon Dean DiBerardino, Williams golf professional, said he would like to have the entire golf membership participate to be able to donate even more to the cause. Ladies Association President Linda Staffilino turned it into a Saturday event, which DiBerardino suggested, along with her committee, Co-Chairman Priscilla Mavrich and Priscilla Phillips, and incorporated the entire area. A portion of the proceeds go to a local Weirton charity, Athena’s Closet. Staffilino, Mavrich and Phillips work nearly all year preparing for prize donations and sponsors to make this a successful event.

Weirton Medical Center Breast Care Team provided all prize money, along with the guest speakers, Dr. Carol Slomski, breast surgeon, and Dr. Daniel Moore, an OB-GYN, to open the send-off of all participants.

This year the team rallied to contact 27 businesses from the Tri-State Area to donate and sponsor a “golf hole” with their business name advertised, also helping to earn more dollars for the cause.

Twenty-five merchants donated prizes of dinners, golf rounds, groceries, wine, beer and special merchandise from their businesses. Many others gave cash donations.

DiBerardino, along with Assistant Pro Jason Smoljanovich, figured and awarded all prizes and money to the teams.

Women’s team winners were Linda Staffilino, Diane Becker, Debbie Phillippi and Lyne Kaufman. Women’s team runners-up went to Elaine Minda, Mary Anne Bainbridge, Patty Gerlando and Judy Sorrenti.

Mixed team winners were Betty McGillen, Bob Berezansky, Brett Smith and Sandy Smith. Mixed team runners-up were Terry Mattock, Vince Gurrera, Leslie Kernan and John Capp.

Men’s team winners consisted of Dave Harsh, Tom McDonald, Bob Harsch and Ron Costanza. Men’s runners-up team went to Gary Little, Bucky Schultz, Bucky Isleman and Charlie Lemasters.

Skill prizes for longest drive in the fairway for women on hole No. 14 went to Michelle Klein, and No. 18 for the men went to Brett Smith.

Longest putt made on hole No. 7 for women went to Vivian Tustin; also hole No. 9 went to Terri Mattock; men’s prize on hole No. 9 long putt went to Charlie Lemasters; and hole No. 14 to Adam Simich.

Closest to the line for women was on hole No. 10 for women going to Diane Becker.

Closest to the pin for men on hole No. 6 went to Brett Smith. Closest to the balloon in two shots for women on hole No. 3 went to Maribeth Arlia and to P. J. Good for the men.

Closest to the pin challenge for rally on hole No. 12 for women went to Patty Gerland. It was hole No. 8 for the men and went to Vince Gurrera, where he had a hole in one to win the prize of the day.

Thanks was expressed to the photographer, Karen Edwards; and the ticket sellers for drawings, Jennie Epifano and Maribeth Arlia; and committee member Phillips for providing pink travel cups to all women participants and green travel cups to all males.

Nick Cosenza provided his tow truck named “Pinky” for the day to have the participants climb the bed of the truck to have photos taken and is donating all year a portion of towing fees in his campaign of “Towing for Ta-Ta’s” in memory of a family member who died of cancer.


Spring Hills Ladies Golf played quota points on Aug 14.

The winner was Lori Szymanek in A flight; Patty Gerlando in B flight; and Brenda McClosky in C flight.

Winners in longest drive were: A flight, Cindy Montgomery; B flight; Patty Gerolando; and C flight, Mary Alice Myers

Closest to the pin winners were: A flight, Mary DiMichele; B flight, Judy Galbraith; and C flight, Eleanor Kindsvatter.

The 50/50 winner was Cindy Montgomery.

Low putts for the night was Claudia Norris with 16 putts. She also had a chip-in.

“I Love Sports” was the theme of the Spring Hills Ladies Golf League Invitational held Aug. 7 at the Spring Hills Golf Course, where members and guests were encouraged to wear team colors or shorts representing their favorite team.

Those included the Steelers, West Virginia University, Cleveland Browns, Ohio State and Pirates. The shelter sported banners, pictures, shirts and decorations to represent different sports and teams.

Guests arriving at the course were greeted by Tammy Cox and Brenda McCoskey.

Assisting as “bag boys” were Dave Galbraith, Bob Alpino, Bob Symanek and Dave Gribon who placed the golf bags on assigned carts decorated in a sports theme and sporting two whistles in the shapes of footballs, baseballs, volleyballs and soccer balls. The whistles were to be blown whenever a team got a birdie or better.

Players received a goody bag containing balls, tees, candy, magnet ball markers commemorating the invitational and a special pair of golf socks donated by Charlie Corder, course owner.

Mary DiMichael and Jay Risnear worked the registration table. Players enjoyed a continental breakfast and had an opportunity to participate in the Chinese auction featuring a variety of baskets of donated items. They also could buy mulligans and tickets for Share the Wealth in which two winners would split the pot.

League President Ann Eroshevich greeted guests, expressing appreciation for their participation in what was the largest event yet with 28 teams. Dan Stacy, club pro, explained rules for the day.

Mary Alice Myers offered a prayer before play.

Sports food fare was served at the turn by Phyllis Bee and Charlotte Antil.

Following play, guests entered the shelter to find tables decorated with green table clothes to resemble grass and a centerpiece featuring a decorated jar of popcorn and trail mix for them to take home. The summer menu was handled by Bonnie Ault and Barbara Merryman.

Eroshevich announced the following winners:

Proximity winners were closest to rope hole No. 6, Carmella Wallace; closest to pin hole No. 14. Meribeth Arilia; longest drive in fairway hole No. 17, Bernie Cherenko; and longest putt made on hole No. 19, Terry Viskovicz.

Low gross first-place winners were the team of Theresa Stolter, Billie Stanwick, Cathy Shepherd and Nep Rowland. Second- and third-place was a tie between the teams of Kathi Moore, Pat Carey, Carmella Wallace and MaryBeth Arlia, and the team of Elaine Minda, Mishal Hawthorne, Priscilla Marrich and Mary Ann Bainbridge.

Low net winners first place was the team of Ann Eroshevich, Judy Galbraith, Eleanor Kindsvatter and Tammy Cox.

Second and third place again was a tie between the teams of Linda Caputo, Denise Augustine, Cheryl Black and Renee Morelli, and the team of Ann Fusco, Donna Richey, Suzy Poloy and Betty Stewart.

Before departing, each member of every team received a team picture to commemorate the day, courtesy of Claudia Norris.

Women’s golf news


Blackmoor Monday Evening Ladies League played a red-yellow and white event on Aug. 4.

Everyone teed off on three of the red tees, three yellow tees and three white tees.

Winner of the event was Lorie Defallo. Denise Augustine had longest drive on hole No. eight. Linda Caputo had low putts. Lucy Kaaran had a chip-in on hole No. 7, 40 yards to the hole and also had longest putt on hole No. 4.


The Cadiz Women’s Golf Association used a poker game format for Play of the Day on Aug. 6.

Hostess Nep Rowland announced the winner was Cathy Shepherd by scoring five on nine different holes. The putt pot was split by Rowland, Kathy Smith and Peg Buchanan.

Wednesday’s hostess will be Ginny Ferrell.

The first round of the club championship was played and will be completed next Wednesday.


Results for Aug. 4 play for the Woodview Women’s Golf League were:

Game: Best Ball

First place: Errica Buracchio, Sharon Coleman, Peg Barber – Net 30

Second place: Erin Ankrum, Holly Kisner, Pam Walters – Net 31

Third place: Patty Gerlando, Dorothy Baier, MaryAnn Yanni – Net 32

Sheila Robinson: Two chip-ins on fifth hole and second hole

Sherri Nuzum: Chip-in on first hole

Errica Buracchio: Birdie on seventh hole

50/50 winner: MaryAnn Yanni


Aug. 5 was the third and final round of the Mountaineer Woodview Women’s 18-Hole Golf Association’s championship. Winning the championship for the second year in a row was Elaine Minda, who won by six strokes over her closest competitor. Runner-up for the championship was Janice Torrance, and winning the low net of the field was Janet Stukins.

In addition to the championship, a weekly game of low gross and low net was played. Winning low gross was Minda with Stukins and Cathy Ralston in a tie for low net. Torrance won the carryover money pot for closest to the pin on No. 5 and also won the longest putt made on No. 13. Marilyn Kenny won the money pot for closest to the pin on No. 17.

This week the women’s association will join ranks with the men’s league for a mixed scramble.

July 31 was the second round of three in the Mountaineer Woodview’s 18-Hole Women’s Golf Association championship. Leading the field by four strokes is Elaine Minda with Marilyn Kenny and Janice Torrance in second place. Kenny was leading the low net division after two2 rounds.

Winning the longest putt made on No. 14 was Mary Ann Bainbridge; closest to the pin on No. 17 was Torrance; and there will be a carryover for closest to the pin on No. 5 since no one could hit the green.


Town and Country Women Golf League played a scramble on July 31 at Spring Hills Golf Course with a meeting and luncheon held afterwards.

The winners were:

First place: The group of Kay Mortimar, Nancy Lellie and Edie Higgins.

Second place: The group of Lucy Karaan, Janice Haisley, Jeanne Dowden and Rose Kaczmarek.

Third place: The group of Signa Findlay, Kathy Antinone, Shirley Guida and Jane Myers.

Longest drive on hole No. 6 were: A flight, Findlay; B flight, Antinone; and C flight, Janet Backel.

Longest Drive on hole No. 2 were: A flight, no winner; B flight, Antinone; and C flight, Kaczmarek.


Williams Ladies Golf Association held a “Meet the Team Goals” event this past week, in which each player estimated her scores on the front back and then total scores with the two of them.

Assistant Pro Jason Smoljanovich figured and announced the winners, including, in first place front nine, the team of Sue Sakara and Alicia Myers.

First place on the back nine were Karen Pitchok and Mary Ann Ianni.

First place on total scores was the team of Erikka Buracchio and Rita Kohn. There was no winner for the “Pot of Gold,” so there be a carryover added to this week’s winner.

Women residing in West Virginia will soon vie for the “West Virginia Pin” which would be played within the next tournament, a two-week event to determine the winner. Past winners have been Sakara, Jennie Epifano, Maribeth Arlia, Kay Mascio and Rita Wickham, all residents of West Virginia.

This week’s play will be a “Low Gross Low Net” event played in flights. Members interested in playing should call or sign up in the Pro Shop.

Women’s Golf News


Blackmoor Monday Ladies Golf League participants played a point game on July 28.

The event winner was Lucy Karaan. Lacey Bennett had a chip-in on hole No. 11. Christina Rock had low putts.


Kathy Smith was the hostess on July 30 for Cadiz Country Club’s Women’s Golf Association. Play of the day was “Musical Chairs,” where net scores on each six holes were drawn at the end of 18 holes.

The winning team consisted of Cathy Shepherd, Peg Buchanan and Nancy Beckert. The “Putt Pot” was split between Nep Rowland and Bonnie Beetham.

Ginny Ferrell will be the hostess on Aug. 6.

Members were reminded to sign up for the club championship tournament to be played on Aug. 6 and Aug. 13.


Winners of the Dyer Ladies League points game on July 29 were:

A flight: Debbie Phillippi;

B flight: Sharon Coleman; and

C flight: Ann Eroshevich.

Chip In: Sharon Coleman

Proximity and 50-50 drawing: Cindy Montgomery

Play Chairmen: Vickie Grant and Mary Arehart.

The women will begin a Ringer Tournament for the whole month of August with a league championship at the end of the month.

Dyer Country Club held a mixed couples golf scramble on July 26. Winners of the evening were:

First place: Bill and Paula Hope

Second place: Dennis McGrath and Sue Gibson

Third place (tie): Mike and Vickie Grant

Fourth place (tie): Bob and Lori Szmanek

Fifth place: Bob Rawlings and Mary Alice Meyer

Closest to pin Par 3, hole No. 5 winners were: Men, Dennis McGrath and women, Paula Hope



July 24 was the first round of the Woodview Women’s Golf Association championship. The championship is comprised of three rounds of play with the winners having the lowest two combined 18-hole scores.

Leading the gross division by three strokes is Elaine Minda with Mary Ann Bainbridge and Marilyn Kenny tied for second place. Leading the net division is Janet Stukins with Janice Torrance in second place.

Winning the longest putt made on No. 14 was Stukins with Bainbridge winning both closest to the pins on Nos. 5 and 17 and the carryover money pot.


Spring Hills Ladies played low gross by flights.

The winners were: A flight, Terri Barkley with a 41; B flight winner with a 44 was Linda Caputo; and C flight winner with a 46 was Tammy Cox.

Other winners were: Long Drive A flight, Lori Szymanek; B flight; Linda Caputo; and C flight; Mary Alice Myers.

Cindy Montgomery had a chip-in. Closest to the pin winners were A flight, Claudia Norris; B flight, Jay Risener; and C flight, Peggy Ramsey. Low putts with 14 for the night was Mary DiMichael.

Linda Caputo also had two birdies for the night.

Marge Alpino was the 50/50 winner.


A three-woman team using two best balls was the weekly event played by the Steubenville Country Club Women’s Golf Association with YangJa Koh and Charlene Freshwater as hostesses.

Taking first place was the team of Koh, Shelle Pentes and Theresa Metcalf with a score of 145. The second place team with a score of 150 was Marilyn Kenny, Freshwater and Shirley Guida. Kenny took the low putts prize in the first flight, and Dianna Adams won putts for the second flight.

Freshwater chipped in on No. 5 for a par to take the money cup. Koh recorded a birdie on No. 12.

A celebration was held for Freshwater following play to mark a milestone birthday. She received a floral bouquet and cupcakes were enjoyed by all.

Adams reminded golfers to sign up in the locker room for the club championship which will be held Aug. 13 and Aug. 20.

This week’s event will be a NOSE tournament in flights. Golfers are asked to report at 8:30 a.m. for a 9 a.m. start.


Town and Country Women Golf League played a medal play, best scores even holes at Spring Hills Golf Course on July 24.

There was two-way tie with Laura Froehlich and Kay Mortimar the winners.

Longest drive on hole No. 3: A, Lucy Karaan; B, Kathy Antinone; and C, Rose Kaczmarek.

Longest Drive on hole No. 5: A, Froehlich; B, Antinone; and C, Kaczmarek.

There was a four-way tie for the lowest putts: Froehlich, Wanda Retzer, Jeanne Dowden and Edie Higgins.

Mortimar had a chip-in and a birdie on hole No. 4.


Willaims Ladies Golf Association held a two-week event to determine the “Senior Club Championship.” Regaining her title for the 12th time was the previous champ, Priscilla Mavrich, edging out Jennie Epifano, last year’s champ.

Epifano takes her honor with the club “Runner-Up” title this year.

First flight winner with low gross was Mavrich; second flight low gross went to Epifano; and Karen Pitchok took low net in second flight.

Third flight low gross winner was Erikka Buracchio with Vi Stein taking low net.

The women met for lunch where a “toast” was given by Hostess Kay Mascio to the Mavrich and congratulations to all the other flight winners.

Winners from the first week within the Senior Champs Low Gross/Low Net event in first flight low gross was Epifano and low net, Buracchio.

Second flight low gross was taken by Mascio and Stein took low net.

Skill prize for lowest putts in first place was Stein and second place, Epifano.

Sue Sakara took the “Pot of Gold” with a chip-in on hole No. 16 with a three-week jackpot.

Second-week winners of the “Low Net” event within the tourney in first flight was a tie with Mavrich and Maribeth Arlia, second place, also a tie with Epifano and Pitchok.

Second flight winner was Sakara, with Buracchio taking second place.

Jerry Chambers took the “Pot of Gold” the second week with a chip-in on hole No. 1.

Assistant Pro Jason Smoljanovich figured and scored all three events and announced the winners.

President Linda Staffilino held a meeting following the luncheon with the co-chair Mavrich and Phyllis Phillips for the upcoming pink “Rally for a Cure” charity cancer event for male, female or mixed teams to be held Aug. 9.

Interested players can contact the Williams Pro Shop or any committee member to register their teams.