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Honeywell Event Slated for Monday

Photo by Cody Tomer Wheeling Park’s Owen Leary and some of his high school teammates will participate in Monday’s Honeywell Tournament at the Moundsville Country Club.

By CODY TOMER

Sports Writer

MOUNDSVILLE — In what looks to be the final Honeywell Junior Golf Invitational at the Moundsville Country Club, young golfers up to 18 years of age will get the chance to enjoy the experience and possibly walk away with some outstanding prizes.

The 15th annual event will be held on Monday, starting at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start that includes four different age divisions (12U, 13-14, 15-16 and 17-18), along with a girl’s division if there are enough participants.

All wishing to play have until Sunday afternoon to join the event by calling the Moundsville Country Club Clubhouse at 304-845-2153 to enjoy a day of free tournament play, along with a meal and gift certificates for all winners.

“This tournament has always helped the club,” Moundsville Country Club golf pro Brian Hamric said. “(Honeywell) wanted to get something for the kids in the area and they came up with this tournament. It’s free, (Honeywell) pays the club to shut down for the day and it pays for meals for each kid for the round. We also had an anonymous donor this year supply gift certificates for winners of each flight.

“The 17-18-year-old winner gets a $100 certificate, and the runner-up gets $50.

“In all other flights, the winner gets a $50 certificate, and the runner-up gets $25, plus we’ll have plaques for first, second and third place finishers.”

Hamric was an all-American golfer at West Liberty and grew up in Moundsville, where there were just a handful of junior tournaments every summer. Now, he loves seeing the many opportunities the Ohio Valley is giving its young golfers.

“When I was a kid, there were not many tournaments — maybe three or four the whole summer,” Hamric said. “Junior tournaments are all over the place now compared to when I was a kid and it’s great for the kids and great for golf.”

High school golfers from local schools such as Wheeling Park, John Marshall and Brooke will participate in the event, which is great competition and practice for the upcoming year.

“It’s a great tune-up for them,”

Hamric said. “Practice is one thing but sending the best kids down to compete against other area kids gives them a little more incentive. We appreciate the schools that allow them to come here. It’s the perfect time to play in a tournament.

“We appreciate Honeywell, we appreciate our anonymous donor for giving this to the kids and we appreciate (Wheeling Park golf coach) Don Headley, who has helped a lot for this Honeywell Tournament. He has helped in finding players to come down and golf and he is just nice to the kids.”

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