Season winds down with two memorial tournaments Staff
Oct 16, 2013
Scramble tournaments were held recently in memory of two men who did so much to promote the game of golf.

• The Huron Chamber of Commerce had its 17th annual Don Billman outing at the Thunderbird Hills North course.

• The first Jake Zeller Memorial event was held at Sleepy Hollow with proceeds going to the Ohio State University Wexner Cancer Research Center for the Neuro-Oncology Research Fund.

In the Chamber event, a moment of silence was also observed before the shotgun start in commemoration of three Chamber members and friends who died in the past year, and the thousands who died in the 9-11 tragedy.

They included, John Clark, longtime member of the Chamber board, and best “Santa” ever; Sarah Boos, a veteran Chamber volunteer, and Wally Ziegler, a fun-loving guy who played in many Chamber outings.

In the scramble itself, one of the Chamber’s major fundraiser, the Team Klaus group of Bill Klaus, Ryan Klaus. Justin Diemer and Ross Forber rolled to an easy win with a sizzling 53, six strokes ahead of the Team Wilkes & Co. entry of Glen Ginesi, Dave Rengel, Mike Spacek and Terry Hahn. Team Lillo, headed by Ray Lillo, was third at 61.

In the Zeller Memorial event at Sleepy Hollow, it took the fifth hole of a scorecard playoff to determine the winning team of Bill Houle, Pat Collins, Jon Sage and Bob Siesel who were 12 under par.

There were six “Luck of the Draw” places also awarded.

The winners were the teams of Tom Reau-Larry Frankart-Jim Jarrett, Scott Miller-Rich Stombaugh-Todd McClenathan-Shane McClenathan, Seth Begley-Craig Claar-Gabe Goodsite-Ryan Bondy,Rick Zeller-Ken Bruk-Bill Braddock, Chris Beachler-Robbie Smith-John Kizziah-Dusty Lepley and Jeff Pocock-Bill Hutchinson-Mark Pocock-Steve Schenk.

There were 32 teams in the field. One skin was earned as the group of Jason Zeller, Brad Kinnear, Matt Ruffing and Brian Bores scored an eagle two on the 18th hole.

The tournament committee also expressed their thoughts on the success of the event.

“Thanks to all the participants, players, sponsors, volunteers and friends who all came together to help raise a very generous amount of money for the OSU Wexner Center’s fund.”

Miller’s hole-in-one
Sandusky’s Larry Miller has the latest reported hole-in-one.

It came Oct. 5 at Sawmill Creek when he knocked a nine-iron shot into the cup on the 132-yard fifth hole while paired with Jim Camp, Mike Matos and John Graver.