AREA GOLF NOTES: Panthers capture LEL tourney title

With Euclid High golf aces Danny Essel and Tony Jelenic setting the pace, the Panthers staked a strong claim to the Lake Erie League golf crown by winning the league tournament at Big Met Golf Course in late September.

Essel fired a 76 over the 18-hole layout to earn overall medalist honors, while Jelenic finished second with a 77.

A pair of Shaker Heights golfers claimed the next two spots as the Red Raiders finished second in the team standings, a full 16 strokes behind the Panthers’ 318 aggregate (four-man) score.


CITY TOURNEY ON TAP: Euclid’s annual city golf championship is scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 8-9 at Briardale Greens Golf Course. The tournament results will figure heavily in determining Briardale’s player of the year honors.

Pat Kirn, the course general manager, noted recently that 25 players had already registered to play in the tournament, with more entries anticipated. “The list of entrants includes both high and low handicappers,” Kirn explained.

John Iosue, who is the golf coach at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High, is the defending champion.


EARLIER HOURS: Due to the changing seasons, the Briardale Greens golf shop will be closing a littler earlier, starting in October. The shop will now close at 7 p.m., although golfers will be able to use the lighted practice range until 8 p.m.


“LET IT GLOW” – That’s the catchphrase being used on posters intended to catch the interest of golfers who might want to try playing after sunset. Of course, they’ll be using those funny “glow-in-the-dark” golf balls.

The nighttime golf event is scheduled Oct. 14, with registration starting at 6 p.m. and a shotgun start at 7:45 p.m.

The cost is $35 per player, including food, prizes, draft beer and nine holes of golf—walking, naturally. It wouldn’t make sense to let golfers drive carts around the course in the dark; there are too many sand traps and water hazards!

Foursomes that sign up by Oct. 13 will pay a discounted fee—$99; that’s just $24.75 per player. For more information, call the Briardale Greens golf shop at (216) 289-8574.


WINE TASTING—Sticks Pub & Grille, located in the Briardale Greens clubhouse, will be hosting a Taste of the Outback wine-tasting event Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. Participants will sample six wines from Australia and New Zealand.

Food, raffle contests and entertainment will be provided. Cost is $20 per person. To reserve a spot, call the golf shop or Sticks Pub at (216) 289-8574.

John Sheridan

Retired journalist. From 1963 to 1972, wrote for and edited the Euclid News-Journal, predecessor to the Sun-Journal. From 1972 to 2000, I was a writer and editor for Industry Week magazine. Also have worked for the Plain Dealer as a part-time sportswriter, covering high school sports. And I was a contributor to the previous Euclid Observer. I have lived in Euclid for almost my entire life. I am a graduate of St. Joseph High School and John Carroll University.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 1:30 PM, 10.06.2011