Play in the Pabian’s 50th event begins today

READY FOR PABIAN — Nick Mavromatis, left, director of player development at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort, and John Denholm, Steubenville Country Club PGA professional, make final plans for this weekend’s Pabian Tournament. (Contributed)

STEUBENVILLE — One of the region’s top golf events will mark its 50th anniversary this weekend at the Steubenville Country Club.

Play in the Pabian will be today and Sunday, and the field for the four-man, two-best ball event will feature participants from as far away as Maine, according to John Denholm, the club professional.

Sponsoring the event, as well as the purse that will go to the low score after 36 holes, is Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort. Denholm said Nick Mavromatis, director of player development at Mountaineer, has played a big role in the tournament.

“We can’t thank him enough,” Denholm said.

Denholm is expecting a strong field for the tournament.

“Our top flight division will have some great competition,” he said. “I believe it’s the best we’ve had in the 13 years I have been a part of the event. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone shoots 5 to 7 under par for the two rounds to take low gross honors. We’re looking forward to a great weekend.”

The tournament is named after Henry Pabian, who was the second professional at the club and worked there for more than 35 years. He is credited with saving the course through his design and work in expanding it from nine holes to 18 holes.