MT. PLEASANT - Tee time is fast approaching for the 19th annual BMAC Hilltop Golf Classic, slated for Thursday, July 24 at Bec-Wood Hills Golf Course.
The event, which benefits BMAC's scholarship for a local student-athlete attending West Virginia University, is one of the group's largest fundraisers of the year, according to John S. Marshall and John Budinscak, BMAC coordinators, along with Gary Thalman.
Steubenville High School alum Shaq Petteway, a football standout for Head Coach Dana Holgorsen, is the current scholarship recipient.
SCHOLARSHIP TO?BE?AWARDED — Belmont Mountaineer Athletic Club members John S. Marshall, left, and John Budinscak prepare for the annual B-MAC golf outing. The group will present a scholarship to an area student who will attend West Virginia University in the fall.
''It seems to get better every year, and we're really hoping to have more golfers this year, too,'' Marshall said.
BMAC hopes to raise between $5,000 and $7,000 through the golf outing.
''It's a major fundraiser for us'' Marshall noted.
All Mountaineer fans are invited to participate. The $60 fee ($240 per team) includes 18 holes of golf, half cart, beverages on the course, prizes, and a steak fry following catered by Undo's.
Prizes include Closet to Pin and Longest Drive.
There will also be a Corporate Cup competition.
Tee times are available from 10 a.m. through noon.
Bec-Wood has played host to the event since it began.
The venerable layout was founded by Martins Ferry's own Charlie Becca, a 1949 WVU graduate.
''When we went out and talked to him about having the event there he was ecstatic,'' Budinscak said. ''Every year afterwards, when we'd come out, Charlie would be sitting there. It's something that clicked with him. And, after 19 years, we're still there.''
Becca's family operates the course now, but BMAC still feels at home.
''They treat us great,'' Budinscak said.
Individual and corporate sponsors are available.
A drawing will take place for two tickets for WVU's games against TCU (Nov. 1) and Kansas State (Nov. 20). Tickets are $10 each.
Michael Garcia, the Mountaineer for the upcoming athletic season, will be the special guest.
Garcia was a big hit last month at BMAC's annual Scholarship Dinner at Stratford Springs in Wheeling.
The event also served as a stop on the Mountaineer Athletic Club's Coaches Caravan.
Tony Caridi, the voice of the Mountaineers, emceed the event, which featured WVU Athletic Director Oliver Luck, Holgorsen, women's basketball head coach Mike Carey, and men's head basketball coach Bob Huggins.
''That was also a great event for us,'' Budinscak noted.
''We really had a lot of enthusiasm for that.
Rain date for the golf event is Thursday, July 31.
For more information, contact Marshall at (740) 695-4262 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Budinscak at (740) 695-2944.
Registrations are due by July 17.