Local Sports Briefs


MVJGA holds 29th camp

XENIA — The 29th annual Miami Valley Junior Golf Camp completed a successful week with 12 girls and 28 boys ages 7-15 participating.

Instruction on the golf swing, putting, chipping, etiquette and the rules of golf were presented at WGC Golf Course each day. The junior golfers also played the course three of the four days as weather interfered on Wednesday.

Competitions were held on Thursday in putting, chipping and iron accuracy as the juniors competed by age group. A playing exhibition was held by PGA Professional Nathan Combs as he was assisted by Stebbins Golf Coaches Rick Pagiano and Shane Williams as well as Junior Golf Instructor Alex Goecke in a scramble format.

Other camp instructors Chris Nartker (Head Boys Golf Coach at Beavercreek) and Betsy Beaver (Head Girls Golf Coach at Westerville) and PGA Professional Garay Goecke also participated in camp instruction.

Coach Jim Beaver, in his 26th year with the MVJGA camp, was impressed by the growth of the participants. Fifteen of the campers participated last year, while 25 were first-timers. Sponsors for this year’s camp were The Trophy Shop, IHS Pharmacy and Wellness, Anderson- Williamson Insurance Agency LLC and WGC.

Junior golf league gets off to good start

XENIA — The WGC Junior Golf League opened play Wednesday with 14 juniors teeing it up in the nine-hole event. Anna Nartker won the girls division with a 44. Ian Rhinehart won the junior boys division with a 44. Zachary Halder fired a 42 to win the senior boys division. Closest-to-the-Pin on hole five was won by Dillon Potts, while Nartker had the Closest-to-the-Pin on hole number seven. Jebe Hill won the longest putt competition on the ninth hole. Co-Directors Jim Beaver and PGA Pro Garay Goecke, who founded the league back in 1975, announced that play will continue next Wednesday and will include longest drive, closest-to-the-pin and longest putt made contests. Players need to sign up by 10:45 a.m. and tee times will begin at 11 a.m.

Information about the league is available online at www.wgcgolfcourse.com under the junior golf section or by calling WGC at (937) 372-1202.

Driving with Colleen event this weekend

SPRINGFIELD — The fourth annual charity golfing event, “Driving with Colleen,” is will be held at 2 p.m. this Sunday, June 28, at Locust Hills Golf Course in Springfield. The event will cost $60 and includes a dinner.

All proceeds from “Driving with Colleen” will be donated to Circle of Victory, an amazing foundation that provides financial help to cancer patients who live in Greene County, Ohio.

Colleen Cain started this event while battling cancer herself to help other cancer patients. Unfortunately Colleen lost her battle last November. Over the past several years Colleen has raised over $10,000 for Circle of Victory.

For more information, please visit www.drivingwithcolleen.org.


Raider baseball receives votes in final polls

The Wright State baseball team received votes in the final USA Today Coaches and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association polls, both released after Virginia won the national title on Wednesday.

In the coaches poll, the Raiders picked up four votes to finish no. 39. WSU played four teams that also appeared in the poll in no. 6 Miami (FL), no. 11 Illinois and no. 12 Missouri State, while Notre Dame joined Wright State in receiving votes.

In the writers poll, the Raiders joined 12 other teams in receiving votes while Miami, Illinois and Missouri State earned the same rankings as the coaches poll.

Wright State earned a win over Miami and Missouri State during the regular season and knocked out Notre Dame before falling to Illinois at the NCAA Regionals in Champaign, Illinois.

Wright State won the Horizon League Tournament title in Whiting, Indiana, and made its fifth all-time appearance in the NCAA Division I Regionals in 2015, advancing to the finals for the first time ever. The Raiders, who posted the second-most wins in a season in program history with 43, defeated Ohio and Notre Dame for their first NCAA victories since 1994.

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