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ELI NELLIS: Match-play tournaments heat up

by on June 15, 2014 1:30 AM

A couple summer-long match-play tournaments are in full swing.

The second round of the Coney Island-Meadow Lane Match Play Tournament is set to conclude today.

Brad Malenich beat Butch Nanni, 5 and 4; Rich Adair beat Scott Winters, 6 and 5; Kevin Jack beat Carl Kologie, 1-up in 19 holes; and Ray Sexton beat Marty Obush, 2-up. There are four other matches to be played, and Austin Moody, Fran Super, Garet Weston, Marty Medvetz, Tony Super, Scott Cunningham, Jordan Riddle and Dean Tozer had byes.

In the Indian Springs Match Play Tournament, Matt Reed beat Jason Buggey, 4 and 2; Danny Clark beat Steve Bloom, 2-up; Troy Hinderliter beat Joe Silveri, 1-up; Nate Wilden beat Ian Helsel, 2-up; and Tom Kunkle beat Shawn McMillan, 1-up, in first-round matches.

Lynn Bell, Ryan Lightcap, Joe Bujdos, Jim McLoughlin, Joe Rethi and George Oaks had byes.


AT INDIANA COUNTRY CLUB: Kay Podbielski, Cathie Wagoner, Darlene Shea and Gail Gerlach teamed up to score a 72 and win the women’s division in the Nell Jack Classic on Monday. Bryan Force, Brad Martineau, Chris Force and Jesse Putt won the men’s division with a 51.

Katie Tomb shot closest to the pins on Nos. 7 and 17, and Sam Goettman had the longest drive on No. 12 to win prizes in the women’s division. In the men’s, Tim Lipniskis shot closest to the pin on No. 7, and Jason Buggey had the longest drive on No. 12.

• The ICC Invitational runs from Thursday to Sunday. Fifty-two teams are registered, including the defending champions, Justin Cameron and Sam Levy, of Punxsutawney.

They beat T.R. Gatti and Sean Sweithelm, of Indiana, 2 and 1, in last year’s title match for their first championship.

Players are traveling from as far as Florida for this year’s tournament.


AT MEADOW LANE: Kathy Glassford won the first six, Ellen Blazavich won the second, and Elaine Berringer took the third in the Ladies’ 18-Hole league’s Six-Six-Six event Wednesday.

Berringer won the special event, most bogies.

Kathy Whitesel registered a birdie, and Ann Poliziani chipped in on No. 17 and Barb Peterson did so on Nos. 1 and 18 for special prizes.


AT INDIAN SPRINGS: Chuck Mack, Bill Tanner and Jim McCurdy shot a 63 to win the Senior Scramble on Thursday.

Cliff Pembleton, Clair McCurdy, Jim Bence and Hal Wingard finished second at 64.


WEST PENN QUALIFYING: Punxsutawney’s Justin Cameron — who will be defending his Indiana Country Club Invitational championship next weekend — qualified for the 114th West Penn Amateur Championship, shooting a 4-over-par 76 at the sectional qualifier at The Country Club of Meadville on Thursday.

Cameron shot 38s on the front and back nines and tied for 10th place, one shot below the cut line.

The top 15 advanced.

The West Penn championship is Monday and Tuesday at the Penn State courses.


BENEFIT OUTING: Phoenix Rehabilitation’s sixth annual Charity Golf Classic will be held Thursday, July 10, at Tom’s Run Golf Course at the Chestnut Ridge Golf Resort and Conference Center. Proceeds benefit the Indiana County Humane Society and the local chapter of Make-A-Wish.

Check-in is at noon, and the shotgun start for the four-person scramble is at 1 p.m. There will be skill prizes, dinner, a cash bar, awards and a grand-prize raffle to follow in the London Ballroom.

The tournament is also seeking sponsorships.

For information, call Bob Henry at (724) 463-0199, or e-mail

The registration deadline is Friday, June 27.

Eli Nellis is a sports writer for The Indiana Gazette.
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