TriState PGA EZGO Open Day 1

Day 1 of the TriState PGA’s EZGO Open at Williams Country Club is in the books.  The course was in perfect shape and although the layout does not boast 21st century length at 6500 yards,  the bunkers and hills make for a challenging round even for the Pros.   Mike Frisina and John Abner are in the clubhouse with the lead at 2-under with a small group chasing them down just 1 stroke.

Edgewood Country Club’s Mike Frisina, scored well today and would finish the round with 5 birdies.  John Aber of Allegheny Country Club finished would 4 birdies, but would bogey the final two holes of his round.

There is a group chasing the leaders, just a stroke behind and they include Mark Goetz, Andy Butler, and Jimmy Ellis.

The course was soft after all the rain and they were all among the players that were able to take advantage of the layout.

When you think about the best clubs in the Tri State Area, the first course that comes to most minds is Oakmont Country Club. Williams has that same kind of look and feel. Although the course is not nearly as long because of the small plot of land it resides on,  Williams  relies on perfectly placed bunkers and large greens, along with rolling fairways to give Golfers a stiff challenge.  There is a real  reason for the similarities to Oakmont.

Back in 1930, The Oakmont CC Greens Keeper Emil “Dutch” Loeffler was invited to come down and take a look at this piece of land that Weirton Steel owned on top of the hill in Weirton WV.

It was a Beautiful piece of farmland that overlooked the Ohio Valley.  After reviewing the land, he found it to be a perfect location. Both he and John McGlynn were hired to design and build the club.

The name came from the President of Weirton Steel, JC Williams.  He approved and had the course built, although it was not his original idea.

By 1937, the 18 hole club was opened for business.  Weirton Steel owned and operated the club until 1982.  The Members would take over the running of the facility and that would last until 2015 when James Markowitz would purchase the club and begin to restore and update the facilities.

Williams is once again back to being the Premier facility in the Ohio Valley.

Williams Country Club

The Club offers two amazing deals, the first of which is a One Day Membership which gives a player 18 holes, a card, range balls, and a free drink during your meal at the club.

The second deal is a Regional Membership that gives the person that would love to have access to this  premier facility, but does not live close. If your reside more than 30 miles but less than 60 miles away, you get full access to the club for $165 per month.  There is a one time $325 Golf Fee’s up front.  Click the LINK to get more details.

Leaderboard

Full Leaderboard 
Pos Player Today Thru Total R1 R2 Total
T1 Mike Frisina -2 F -2 70 70
T1 John Aber -2 F -2 70 70
T3 Mark Goetz (a) -1 F -1 71 71
T3 Andy Butler (a) -1 F -1 71 71
T3 Jimmy Ellis (a) -1 F -1 71 71
T6 Jim Markovitz (a) E F E 72 72
T6 Brett Young (a) E F E 72 72
T6 Joe Boros E F E 72 72
T6 Tanner Johnson (a) E F E 72 72
T6 Shawn McCall E F E 72 72
T11 Jake Augustine (a) +1 F +1 73 73
T11 Roy Vucinich +1 F +1 73 73
T11 Kevin Shields +1 F +1 73 73
T11 Jason Martin +1 F +1 73 73
T11 Eric Apodiakos +1 F +1 73 73
T16 Gene Walter +2 F +2 74 74
T16 Tony Traci +2 F +2 74 74
T16 Hunter Bruce (a) +2 F +2 74 74
T16 Jake Sollon (a) +2 F +2 74 74
T16 Dennis Munko +2 F +2 74 74
T16 Rob McClellan +2 F +2 74 74
T16 Jason Robinson +2 F +2 74 74
T16 Joshua Bartley (a) +2 F +2 74 74
T24 Justin Collins +3 F +3 75 75
T24 Aaron Gizzi +3 F +3 75 75
T24 Kevin Fajt (a) +3 F +3 75 75
T24 Bob Ford +3 F +3 75 75
T24 Devin Gee +3 F +3 75 75
T24 Stanley Namola (a) +3 F +3 75 75
T24 Jim Cichra +3 F +3 75 75
T24 Ty Roush +3 F +3 75 75
T24 Reid Howey +3 F +3 75 75
T24 Gordon Vietmeier +3 F +3 75 75
T24 Rick Stimmel (a) +3 F +3 75 75
T24 Albert Hromulak +3 F +3 75 75
T24 Craig Weis +3 F +3 75 75
T24 Tim Bowers (a) +3 F +3 75 75
T38 Peter Micklewright +4 F +4 76 76
T38 Michael Papson +4 F +4 76 76
T38 Mason Stutler +4 F +4 76 76
T38 Brendan King +4 F +4 76 76
T42 Denny Dolci +5 F +5 77 77
T42 Steve Kusenko +5 F +5 77 77
T42 Zach Street +5 F +5 77 77
T42 Bob Meyer +5 F +5 77 77
T42 Bob Salera +5 F +5 77 77
T42 Brett Carman +5 F +5 77 77
T42 Sean Knaus +5 F +5 77 77
T42 David Malatak +5 F +5 77 77
T42 Brian DePaul (a) +5 F +5 77 77
T51 Paul Hollstein +6 F +6 78 78
T51 Jody Barrett +6 F +6 78 78
T51 Tom Nettles (a) +6 F +6 78 78
T51 Christopher McKnight +6 F +6 78 78
T51 Jimmy Brahm +6 F +6 78 78
T51 Richard von Tacky +6 F +6 78 78
T51 Mike Marron (a) +6 F +6 78 78
T51 Brent Rodgers (a) +6 F +6 78 78
T51 Michael Todd (a) +6 F +6 78 78
T51 Dave Antil (a) +6 F +6 78 78

Author: Jhavelka