The 2014 Men's Steeplechase Championship came to a thrilling finish on Sunday at Conewango Valley Country Club.
Long-shot Joe Bellitto joined the Men's Club Champion Joe Nelson, and former club Steeplechase Champion/Club Champion Dick Cole, for the final two holes. Bellitto relinquished his position on the second to last hole, setting up the match between Nelson and Cole. Nelson captured the event with a par 4 on the last hole.
Times Observer photo by Ben Oviatt
Above, Whirley Landsharks’ shortstop Nick Lucas turns a double play as McKissock’s Jim Fehlman slides into second base in a Co-Ed Industry matchup on Saturday at the 35th Terry F. Ristau Memorial Industrial Softball Tournament at Betts Park. KCS Energy won the Co-Ed Industry Division, Cummins Diesel the Men’s Industry, B&L Harvesting won the Co-ed Open division, and Hertel & Brown Physical Therapy/Real Living Avista (Catfish Softball) won the Men’s Open. Area charities and organizations won the most — with one showing of support on the back of each McKissock jersey. Below, Cummins’ Jordan Jones (21) reaches first as a throw sails over the head of Blair Blazers’ first baseman Ari Scander in a Co-Ed Industry game. For additional photos, see page B-2. Charities will be published at a later date.
Ken Hoffman and Mark Urbanski
This event concluded a sweep for Nelson for 2014 for the major club events at Conewango Valley Country Club. He was recently crowned Men's Club Champion and now the Men's Steeplechase Champion.
The Steeplechase event showcases the best golfers at Conewango Valley in a single-elimination per hole format. Nelson finished ahead of Cole and Bellitto was third. Jerry Bancroft was fourth, Dave Walde fifth, Anthony Pellegrino sixth, Don Dubia seventh, Tyler Martin and Mike Barber tied for eighth, Mike Bancroft and Dennis Boron tied for 10th, and Tony Pellegrino Sr. and Nate Sandberg tied for 12th.
CVCC member Ken Hoffman and his guest Mark Urbanski came roaring back with a final round 16-under-par 55 to capture the Conewango Valley Country Club Senior Member-Guest Golf Tournament on Saturday by one stroke over former champion John Zawacki and his guest, Dave Brandhorst.
The event featured nine holes of net scramble, nine holes of modified alternate shot and 18 holes of net better ball.
Hoffman and Urbanski finished at 122, ahead of:
Flight 1: 1. Bob McGinn/Terry English 124; 2. Joe Hedman/Joe Saber 126
Flight 2: 1. John Zawacki/Dave Brandhorst 123; 2. Jim Senger/Jerry Nelson 126
Flight 3: 1. Bob Follett/Phil Holland 124; 2. Jim Phillips/Dan Hocking 127
Denny Ayers shot the nine-hole low gross of 36, and Cliff Jenkins the low net of 31, on Friday in the Cable Hollow Senior Men's Golf League. Bob Lindmark had the most points at 9.0, Pete Hofert the most pars at seven, and Ayers had two birdies. One birdie each was shot by: Jim Scalise, Jim Terrill, Jon Nelson, Jim Swick, Pat Hultquist, Bob Buerkle, Val Condio, Dave Peck, Ken Williams, and Tom Swanson.
Team standings: Eastern Division-1. WACOPSE 331.5, 2. Maple Place Farms 320.5, 3. Kirkpatrick Pest Control 307, 4. Sawmill Stumpies 304.5, 5. Cable Hollow Golf 297.5, 6. Dick and 3 Duffers 288.5, 7. Total Metal Buildings 279.5, 8. Warren Tire Center 279.5, 9. Landmark Electric 270.5, 10. United Refining I 268.5, 11. Jones Chevrolet 230.5; Western Division-1. Moose Club 320.5, 2. Mike's Townline 305.5, 3. Conn & Company 300, 4. United Refining II 299.5, 5. Community Resources 298, 6. Pete's Team 298, 7. CTI Physical Therapy 295, 8. Dave's Deer Hunters 287.5, 9. Cliff's Team 285, 10. Howard Hanna Daley Real Estate 282.5, 11. Dave G.'s Team 274.5
The Fall Family Five, presented by Kwik Fill, to benefit Family Services of Warren County, will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, beginning at Family Services, 589 Hospital Drive (at Warren State Hospital. There is a $20 online registration special, with a free t-shirt, by Sept. 17 at www.raceit.com. The fee is $25 for race-day registration at site beginning at 7:30 a.m.