ELI NELLIS: More local golfers make West Penn Open field
July 06, 2014 1:40 AM

A few more Indiana players have joined the field for the West Penn Open Championship, which is Monday and Tuesday at the Indiana Country Club.

Todd Larrimer, an assistant professional at ICC; Matt Holuta, an ICC member who will play at Rutgers University; and Zack Kempa, an NCAA Division II third-team All-American last season as a senior at IUP, made it through Wednesday’s sectional qualifier at Lone Pine Country Club in Washington, Pa.

Larrimer shot an even-par 72 to tie for fifth place, Kempa tied for seventh at 73 and Holuta tied for ninth at 74 with Thomas Steve, the grandson of Tom Steve, of Indiana.

Also playing will be ICC club pro Dan Braun, as the host pro, and Doug Gradwell, as the reigning club champion at the host site.

They join Ian Illig of Homer City, Sean Sweithelm of Indiana, Brady Moran, an IUP player from Johnstown, and Joseph Reed III, of Clarksburg, who made it as the first alternate from last week’s Champion Lakes qualifier.

Seventy-eight players — 26 threesomes — will head out starting at 8 a.m. Monday. One of the most interesting groups to follow would be Roy Vucinich, a pro from Moon Township; Bob Ford, the Oakmont Country Club pro; and Don Erickson, a successful ICC member. Those three tee off from No. 1 at 8:45 a.m.

Defending champion Mike Van Sickle tees off from No. 11 at 9:03 a.m.

• Club pro Dan Braun finished 29th out of 40 players at the Frank B. Fuhrer Jr. Golf Invitational played Monday through Wednesday at the Pittsburgh Field Club.

Braun shot rounds of 77-72-74-74 for a 297, 13 over par in the three-day, 72-hole event.

• Dick Bedger, Don Fleming, Jerry Gillette and Steve Smith won the men’s Independence Day Event on Friday, scoring a 127 in the best-2-of-4, 80 percent handicap tournament.

Darlene Shea, Cathy Onderick and Gail Gerlach, with a blind draw of Johnna Lear, shot a 128 to win the women’s competition.

John McMurdy Jr., John McMurdy III, Bob Marcus and Dave Tomb finished second in the men’s event, three strokes back. Barry McKnight, Don White, W.H. Spadafora and Chuck Spadafora finished third. Kevin Kubica, Patrik Payne, Doug Steve and John Bickel tied for fourth place with Jim Shea, Ed Onderick, Joe Marcoly and Bill Lear.

Joe Engler shot closest to the pin on No. 17.

Johnna Lear, Sally Adamo and Roz Cavalancia, with a blind draw of Nancy Doverspike, shot a 124 and took second place in the women’s event.

Katie Tomb shot closest to the pin on No. 7.


AT MEADOW LANE: The Coney Island-Meadow Lane Match Play Tournament is already down to its final eight players.

In third-round matches since the last report, Marty Medvetz beat Ray Sexton, 4 and 3; Scott Cunningham beat Alan Kuckuck, 4 and 3; Rick Moorhead beat Dean Tozer, 3 and 2; and Kevin Jack beat Garet Weston, 1-up.

The quarterfinal matches are Medvetz vs. Cunningham, Jeremy Flynn vs. Moorhead, Austin Moody vs. Fran Super and Jack vs. Tony Super. The round is scheduled to be completed by next Sunday, July 13.

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

Dot Sanford won the special event with the longest putt on No. 18.

Whitesel birdied Nos. 5 and 15. Charlene Hornfeck had a chip-in on No. 8, and Judy Kochman added one on No. 13.

• The Two-Person Hi-Lo Scramble is today.


AT INDIAN SPRINGS: Steve Lazor won the Hackers Horserace on Friday, June 27. Wes Skibo finished second, followed by Troy Hinderliter and Hank Minich.

• Dave Montgomery, Ron Suman, Dave Wagner and Ron McBride shot a 10-under-par 61 to win Thursday’s Senior Scramble. Sporty Chutorich, Kuz Pangonis, Jesse Miller and Jim Bellock finished second, on shot back.

• Ann Hollis won the Tuesday Morning League’s Criers Tournament.

Lori Hammill won the special event with the longest putt on No. 3.

• Joe Bujdos beat Jim McLoughlin, 2 and 1, in an Indian Springs Match Play Tournament second-round match.


AT LENAPE HEIGHTS: Richard Weaver, of Indiana, shot a hole-in-one on Monday at Lenape Heights Golf Course in Ford City.

Weaver aced No. 15, a par-3 that plays 160 yards. John Peterney, Gene Berfield and Dean Lowman witnessed the shot.


Eli Nellis covers local golf for The Indiana Gazette. Email: eli@indiana gazette.net.

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