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ELI NELLIS: Hughes helps U.S. team to victory

by on July 07, 2013 3:00 AM

During the week of Independence Day, Indiana’s C.J. Hughes represented his country well.

Hughes, 14, was selected by the International Junior Golf Tour as one of four players to represent the USA in the North America Cup’s 14-and-under division, and he contributed two crucial points to Team USA’s score as the Americans defeated Canada, 16-12, in the three-day junior competition at the Weston Golf and Country Club in Toronto, Ontario.

Hughes, who won a tournament on the tour and finished 18th out of 143 players in its 14-and-under rankings this season, was one of 14 players in various junior age groups that competed in the event Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Monday, Hughes teamed with Will Thomson, of New York, for a commanding 5 and 4 victory over their opponents, a pair from the Canadian Junior Golf Association, in a four-ball match.

Hughes was paired with Grant Leppek, of California, in a foursome match on Tuesday, and they scored a 4 and 2 win.

In singles play Wednesday, Hughes lost to Canada’s Jason Chung.

The Americans improved to 9-2 all-time in the series against Canada.

• Hunter Duriez, of Northern Cambria, tied for third place in his division, leading a group of area players in the North East Junior Golf Tour’s event at the Golf Club at Somerset on Friday.

Duriez shot an 89 to tie for third in the boys’ 13- to 15-year-old Pine Valley division. Indiana’s Frank Bevevino finished eighth, at 105.

Seth Peterman, of Clymer, tied for fourth in the boys’ 16-18 Oakmont division with a 91. Roman Tate, also of Clymer, shot a 90 and finished fifth in the boys’ 16-18 Pine Valley division.

GOLF ON THE FOURTH: The Fourth of July is a busy day for all kinds of outdoor activities, and golf is no exception, with area clubs routinely holding member tournaments on the holiday.

Jesse Putt placed his American flag the furthest to win Meadow Lane’s Flag Event, the second such tournament the course holds each season. Flags are placed where a player’s shot lands when he or she reaches a target score of 80 percent of his or her handicap.

Putt was followed by Troy Redinger, Jeremy Flynn, Ellen Blazavich, Bob Volk and Alex Blazavich.

Brad Martineau, Barre Bell, Curt Cignetti and Cedric Tyger teamed up to shoot a 131 and win the Indiana Country Club’s Independence Day event, edging Paul Rezk Jr., Chuck Spadafora, Jerry Gillette and Dave Prushnok by a stroke.

Darlene Shea, Sandi Gillette, Tanya Martineau and Gail Gerlach won the women’s division at 139.

Gary Dickie, Fran Villella, Kevin Kubica and Bert Ross took third in the men’s at 134.

Steve Smith won a prize for the longest putt on No. 9, and Bill Greene did so for the closest to the pin on No. 17.

Tanya Martineau shot closest to the pin on No. 7, and Shea sank the longest putt on No. 18.

Indian Springs Golf and Country Club didn’t have a specific July 4 event, but its Thursday Senior Scramble fell on the date. The winners were Dave Montgomery, Cliff Pembelton, Jim Bellock and Bob Hamill.

AT MEADOW LANE: Rick Adair defeated Scott Cunningham, and Jeremy Flynn beat Michael Usko, both 1-up, in Palmer Bracket semifinal matches in the Coney Island Meadow Lane Match-Play Tournament. The two will square off for the bracket championship.

John Lowmaster will play George Berringer for the Nicklaus Bracket title. Lowmaster beat Carl Kologie, 2 and 1, and Berringer topped Chris Frank, 3 and 2.

Ray Blystone beat Colton Wiggins, 2 and 1, in the Hogan Bracket semifinals. The other semifinal match is between Travis Redinger and Dave Dixson.

Shawn Askins and Bob Volk reached the Snead Bracket finals. Askins beat Kurt Manecke, 5 and 3, and Volk defeated Tony Super, 5 and 4.

Paula Witherow beat Bernadette Sgro-Hodak, 2 and 1, in a second-round match in the ladies’ double-elimination bracket.

• Kathy Whitesel won the Ladies’ 18-Hole League’s Flag Tournament on Wednesday.

Betty Lukehart won the special event, making the longest putt on No. 4. She added a birdie on No. 5 for a special prize. Kathy Whitesel made a chip-in on No. 18.

AT INDIAN SPRINGS: Ken Vinton and Gary Lam won the Blind Partner Member Event last weekend.

• Connie Minnich won the play of the day, the Criers Tournament, in the Tuesday Morning Ladies League. Millie Hawkins had the low putts.

CHARITY TOURNAMENT: Phoenix Rehabilitation’s fifth annual Charity Golf Classic, benefiting the Indiana County Humane Society and the local chapter of Make-A-Wish, will be held Thursday, Aug. 1, at Tom’s Run Golf Course at Chestnut Ridge.

The four-person scramble begins with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Check-in is at noon.

There a dinner with a cash bar after play. Skill prizes and other awards will be given, and there will be a basket auction. The registration deadline is Friday.

For information, contact Bob Henry at (724) 463-0199 or

JOB OPENING: West Shamokin High School is seeking a varsity golf coach for the 2013-14 school year.

Applicants should send a letter of interest to: West Shamokin High School, c/o Tom McLaine, AD; 179 Wolf Drive; Rural Valley, PA 16249.

Eli Nellis is a sports writer for The Indiana Gazette.
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