The Belmont Mountaineer Athletic Club has been doing its part to help area athletes at West Virginia University for almost 16 years.
One of the main methods of fundraising is the club's annual golf outing. The 15th annual Mountaineer Hilltop Golf Classic is slated for Thursday, Aug. 29 at BecWood Hills Golf Course in Mt. Pleasant.
"This thing has been an amazing success for us," said BMAC official John Budinscak. "People are kind of conditioned to what we do and they enjoy what we do."
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John S. Marshall, left, and John Budinscak, have long been two key components in the suceess of the Belmont Mountaineer Athletic Club.
Unlike most golf scrambles, the Mountaineer Hilltop Golf Classic utilizes tee times, starting at 10 a.m.. A group will go off every eight minutes until noon.
The cost to enter the tournament is $50 per player, which includes the round of golf, cart, prizes, beverages and a dinner following the round.
"We'd love to have more, but we usually draw 15 teams, which is pretty adequate," BMAC member John S. Marshall said.
"We've had several sponsors respond, so things are going pretty well there. We think it's going to be a wonderful tournament. Our participation is growing every year and our sponsorships are up."
The scramble is held at BecWood because the course's late owner, Charlie Becca, played running back for the Mountaineers in 1947.
"Everything's fallen into place for us," Budinscak said. "When we originally approached Charlie, he was on board immediately. They've treated us well, so we've never thought of moving it."
Along with the golf, there will be a raffle held for a pair of WVU football tickets to two pre-determined games.
"We have a raffle at our (spring) dinner and then we have a raffle at our golf event," Marshall said. "B-MAC has become better known each year."
All of the proceeds of the event benefit the B-MAC Upper Ohio Valley Endowed Athletic Scholarship, which has been presented in the past to Alyssa DeSantis, Zach Cooper, Liz Repella and Dominic Prezzia.
"We make a lot of our profits through sponsors and the raffle," Budinscak said.
"Most of our fees from the golf go to cover our costs of the event. The event's really worked out great for us."
The scholarship is open to any student-athlete - male or female - who is from the immediate area in both West Virginia and Ohio.
"We've had a gymnast, a football player, a basketball player and a wrestler," Marshall said. "We're pleased and thankful to everyone who's donated in one way or another to this scholarship. John has a saying that B-MAC has raised this money $10 at a time and that's so accurate."
The BMAC Scholarship became endowed through the university in 2007 when it surpassed the $50,000 mark.
Marshall and Budinscak have been spearheading the efforts of the organization basically by themselves since the club was formed.
"We have people who volunteer, but we've not been able to find anyone who might be willing or able to help us in the administration and maybe eventually take over," Marshall said. "We'd love to do that. We're starting to get some younger folks involved in the club, so maybe one of them will step up."
For more information on the golf scramble or B-MAC, please call Marshall at (740) 695-4262 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.