WILLIAMS COUNTRY CLUB
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."
Participants in the annual Williams Country Club Rally for a Cure charity golf event
The Spring Hills Ladies Golf League Invitational low gross winners, seated, from left, Mary Ann Bainbridge, Pat Carey and Mishal Hawthorne; second row, Carmella Wallace, Nep Rowland, Theresa Stolter, Elaine Minda and Priscella Mavrich; and back, Mary Beth Arlia, Cathy Shephard, Kathi Moore and Billie Stanwick.
The Spring Hills Ladies Golf League Invitational low net winners were, seated, from left, Renee Morelli, Betty Stewart and Tammy Cox; second row, Judy Galbraith, Linda Caputo, Cheryl Black, Donna Richey and Suzie Poloy; and back, Ann Eroshevich, Ann Fusco and Denise Augustine. Eleanor Kindsvatter also was a winner.
Spring Hills Ladies Golf League Invitational proximity winners were, from left, Carmella Wallace, MaryBeth Arlie and Terry Viskovicz. Bernie Cherenko also was a winner.
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.