Golf Tourney Will Showcase Park
We all know the crown jewel that Oglebay Park is for our region. This week, 191 of the nation’s top college golfers will learn of it as well as the Division III Men’s Golf Championships are taking place at Oglebay’s Robert Trent Jones and Arnold Palmer courses.
The four-day event, which teed off Tuesday, has been years in the making. Bethany College is serving as the host school and the Presidents’ Athletic Conference — of which Bethany is a member — is the host conference.
The credit for landing the event goes to former Bethany College Athletics Director Brian Rose — now at Westmoreland County Community College in Pennsylvania — and Presidents’ Athletic Conference Commissioner Joe Onderko, current Bethany AD Steve Thompson said.
Planning for the event between Bethany, the PAC and Oglebay has been ongoing for the past two years, Thompson added.
“I can’t say enough about the great folks of Oglebay,” he said. “They’ve been tremendous partners and the folks at the golf course have been great. We’re going to have the best golfers in the country here. Even at the DIII level they can compete with some of the best in Division I.”
A total of 37 five-man teams from across the nation will be represented at the event.
Six others golfers will compete as individuals.
The courses at Oglebay always are up for the challenge. The Jones course hosted, from the mid-1970s through the mid-1980s, the West Virginia LPGA Classic. The Palmer course, at about 7,000 yards with open fairways and varying terrain levels, is one of the most challenging in the state.
“This is a great location and it’s going to be a different experience for all of these golfers coming out across the country,” Thompson added. “It’s really nice though to see the ability for different parties to work together to really showcase what is great about the valley. That’s what this is.”
We agree, and thank all those involved for bringing the championships to Oglebay and Wheeling.
Teamwork such as this will help our area continue to thrive in the future.