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Par for the Course: Portage Sports Scramble Tournament introduces unique elements

Par for the Course: Portage Sports Scramble Tournament introduces unique elements


By Susan Jenior

Staff Writer



Tom Nader, Portage Sports publisher, announced the first Portage Sports Four-Person Scramble Tournament this week — scheduled for Sunny Hill Golf Course in Brimfield on Saturday, June 29.

Registration is $300 per team ($75 per person) and will offer many traditional golf event competitions, including longest drive and closest to the pin as well as lunch at the turn and a catered dinner at the conclusion of the event when awards will be presented.

On the way around the course, golfers will have the opportunity to take advantage of skilled athletes from the Portage County area high schools and the unique skills they have learned from their respective sports, providing for one of the most unique golf tournaments available.

For example, think a high-school golfer can drive it longer and straighter than you on one of Sunny Hill’s long par-5s, they will be there to tee it up and send it out into the fairway.
For example, if you find yourself in the sand trap and want a volleyball player to set a volleyball onto the green for you instead of trying to swing out of the beach, you can have that option.
For example, if you want an ice hockey player to take your putt for you, a la Happy Gilmore, they can try to bury that birdie in the cup for you.
There will be plenty of other fun examples that will not only make the day of golf fun for you, but will also give you an opportunity to meet some of the county’s greatest athletes, greatest students, who are leaders within their communities.

Golfers will also have the opportunity to take pictures and meet the athletes on their way around the course.

It will be a fun day for golfers and fans of the local athletes.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone.

To register, and/or sponsor a hole or learn about additional sponsorship opportunities, email Tom at tomnader@portagesports.com.



Southeast High School junior James Morgan.

The trip to the Notah Begay Junior Golf National Tournament began this weekend with one qualifier held at Mill Creek Park Golf Club in Boardman.

Local golfers found Mill Creek a welcoming course as they advanced to the Notah Begay Regional that will be held on July 2, returning to Mill Creek Golf Course again.

In the Boys 16-to-18 age division, James Morgan, a junior at Southeast High School from North Benton, fired a 6-over-par 78 to finish tied for sixth place, well within the top-10 qualifiers for his age division.

Nicholas Pollak, of Aurora, shot a 5-over-par 77 to earn the second of two qualifying spots in the boys 12-13 age division.

Gracyn Vidovic of Aurora won the girls 16-to-19 age division, firing a 7-over-par 79 to earn one of the two qualifying spots to regionals.

Junior golfers play their way through to the National Championship in early November at Koasati Pines at Coushatta ini Kinder, La.



Collegiate golfers gathered at River Pines Golf Club in West Lafayette for the Ohio Athletic Conference Women’s Golf Championships.

After three days of golf, Ohio Northern captured the championship followed by the team representing Otterbein University and Mount Union.

The women golfers of John Carroll University tied for fourth place with Heidelberg College this season with Isabella Mineo of Kent playing a big part.

Mineo earned a top-12 finish among nine teams. Mineo fired a three-round total (with a shortened second round of nine holes) 252, just behind teammate Amanda Pancake  (246).



The Golden Flashes finished third at the Mid-American Conference Championships held at The Club at Chatham Hills in Westfield, Ind.

Scoring a team total 1-under-par for the tournament, Kent State tied Northern Illinois for third place.

Ball State earned the MAC Championship with a 12-under-par followed by Miami in second at seven-under-par.

Bryce Reed and Jordan Gilkison placed second and seventh respectively for the Flashes.



The Rootstown Scout Troop 556 is hosting a fundraiser at Birdie Shack Miniature Golf Course on May 25 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Registration is $20 per person, $50 for a group of three, $55 for a group of four and $60 for a group of five.

Monies raised will be used for troop T-shirts and to update the troop’s trailer.

To register contact Jeff Gary at 330-808-2523.



Ken Tillman, playing Windmill Lakes, reported the first ace of the season.

Tillman used his pitching wedge to travel the 110 yards to the cup on the 12th hole.

It is Tillman’s third hole-in-one.




June 29—Portage Sports Four-Person Scramble, Sunny Hill Golf Course, Brimfield. ($300 per team, email tomnader@portagesports.com to register a team or for sponsorship opportunities)



Register at host golf courses, online at pcagolf.net or via mail. For info call/text 330-206-9083, email golffam2@gmail.com, or log onto the Portage County Amateurs Facebook page.

JULY 21—10th Portage County Kids Amateur, Sunny Hill Golf Course, Brimfield.

JULY 22-23—18th Matt Mishler Portage County Junior Amateur, Sunny Hill Golf Course, Brimfield and Windmill Lakes Golf Course, Ravenna.

JULY 27-28—94th Portage County Amateur, Windmill Lakes Golf Course, Ravenna and Raccoon Hill Golf Club, Kent.

AUG. 24-25—54th Portage County Senior Amateur, Windmill Lakes Golf Course, Ravenna and Raccoon Hill Golf Club, Kent.



(To add an event to the calendar, text or call 330-206-9083 or email golffam2@gmail.com.)



June 28—Olde Dutch Mill Junior Tournament, Olde Dutch Mill Golf Course, Lake Milton. (Registration information 330-654-4100)


NOPGA Junior Events

(register a at northernohiopga.com)

TODAY—NOPGA Junior Series, Trumbull Country Club, Warren.

MAY 28—NOPGA Junior Series at Lake Forest Country Club, Hudson.

JULY 15-16—48th Ohio Junior Girls Championship, Marion Country Club, Marion. (WOSGA.org)

JULY 22—Ohio Girls Golf Foundation High School Showcase, Avon Oaks Country Club, Avon. (Sponsored by NOPGA)

JULY 15-16—NOPGA 36 Hole Jr. Series, Windmill Lakes, Ravenna.

JULY 30-31—41st NOPGA Jr. Tour Championship, Club Walden, Aurora.



TODAY—Twin Lakes Spring Two-Player Scramble, Fairways at Twin Lakes, Kent. (330-673-7888)

SATURDAY—2nd Annual Chubbs Peterson Memorial Golf Classic Scramble, Olde Dutch Mill, Lake Milton. (330-654-4100)

MAY 26—Waterloo Boosters Golf Outing, Paradise Lake Golf Course, Suffield. (Todd Wise 330-842-9279).

JUNE 1—The Golden Flash Bash, Fairways at Twin Lakes, Kent. (KentStateSports.com/FlashBash).

JUNE 8 -10—Northeast Ohio Amateur Championship, Windmill Lakes Golf Club, Ravenna. (Register at Northeast Ohio Golf Association at www.noga.org)

AUG. 4—Nancy Cannon Memorial Golf Outing, Paradise Lake Golf Course, Suffield.




JUNE 6-8—Ohio Women’s Open, Heatherwoode Golf Club, Springboro. (ohiowomensopen.com)

JUNE 8-10—Northeast Ohio Amateur Championship, Windmill Lakes Golf Club, Ravenna. (Register at www.noga.org)

JULY 22-25—101st Women’s Ohio State Amateur Championship, Belmont Hills Country Club, Clairsville (WOSGA.org)

JULY 22-25—8th Women’s Mid-Amateur, Belmont Hills Country Club, St. Clairsville. (WOSGA.org)

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