Smearman Memorial Scholarship golf event held

Courtesy photo Taking part in the 2018 Coach Bill Smearman Memorial Golf Tournament were (from left): Amy Smearman, event co-chairman; Matt Smearman, Ralph Barry, scholarship recipient Tyler Barry, Scott Smearman, Jaime Smearman and Steve Rhodes, event co-chairman.

ROARING SPRING — The ninth annual Coach Bill Smearman Memorial Golf Tournament was held on June 25 at Iron Masters Country Club.

Thirteen teams of golfers participated in this year’s event.

The tournament is the main fundraiser for the $1,000 Coach Bill Smearman Memorial Scholarship presented annually to an Altoona Area High School senior athlete.

Smearman, who passed away in 2009 following a courageous battle with cancer, was a longtime teacher and coach of wrestling and football at Roosevelt Junior High School.

The 2018 scholarship was awarded to Tyler Barry, a member of the AAHS varsity basketball and volleyball teams. He plans to continue his academic and athletic career at Waynes-burg University, in the fall where he will major in forensic science and play basketball.

Amy Smearman and Steve Rhodes co-chaired the event.

The first-place team included Tom Kyle, Jonathan Wasovich, Derek Winterburn and Tim Cherry.

Individual hole prize winners were:

n Derek Winterburn, hole

No. 4, longest putt.

n Derek Winterburn, hole

No. 5, closest to the pin in two shots.

n Jonathan Wasovich, hole

No. 6, closest to the pin in three shots.

n Derek Winterburn, hole No. 8, longest drive.

n Steve Frank, hole No. 12, longest putt.

n Rex Pynos, hole No. 13, closest to the pin.

n Steve Frank, hole No. 16, closest to the pin

n Dave Lovett, hole No. 17, straightest drive.

n Tom Kyle, hole No. 18, closest to the pin in two shots.

Sponsors included the Cesare Battisti Club, Sheetz Inc., Wienken Wealth Management, Lung Disease Center, Press Box Printing, Horace Mann, Beauchamp Plumbing and Heating, Blair Mill Outlet, Envision Laser Center, Hoss’s, ProActive Sports, Byron Smail Landscaping, Big Brothers and Sisters of Blair County, Mattas Motor Sports and Image Signs.

The 2019 tournament is scheduled to return to Iron Masters on June 24.