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Classic start at WVCC

Three teams are tied after 1st round

Dennis Owca of Highland, Md., pitches his ball from a greenside bunker on No. 13 at Wyoming Valley Country Club on Friday during the Wyoming Valley Country Club Classic.

PETE G. WILCOX/THE TIMES LEADER

HANOVER TWP. – The qualifying round of the three-day Wyoming Valley Country Club Classic kicked off early Friday morning and ran throughout the day before concluding in the evening.

When all the scorecards were handed in and the clubhouse began to fill, it was two of the younger players that stood out from the crowd.

Jeff Bellas, 28, and Tom Lyons, 26, combined to shoot a 4-under 67 to end the day as the top qualifying team. While the two are tied with defending champions John Olszewski and Eric Williams and the team of Rick Berry and Tom Wasilewski, they are considered in first place by ranking.

Although the course played tough and fast, Bellas and Lyons – who have played together since their days at Crestwood High School – admitted that they were pleased with their first-round play.

“Tommy and I play a lot of golf together, he knows my game and I know his game,” Bellas said.

“We played in-and-out well today,” added Lyons.

While both agree that they have a legitimate chance to win the whole tournament, they know that they have some tough competition standing in their way in the likes of Williams and Olszewski, Berry and Wasilewski and Mark Jarolen and Len Coleman. Those teams are second, third and fourth respectively.

“It will be difficult. There are a lot more experienced teams than us,” said Bellas. “If we can make as many birdies as we did today I guess it’s possible, but there are a lot more steady teams out there than us.”

The tournament resumes at 7:30 a.m. today with match-play and will conclude around 7:15 p.m.

WVCC Golf Classic

At Wyoming Valley County Club

Par 71

Team…Score

1. Jeff Bellas, Tom Lyons…67

2. John Olszewski, Eric Williams…67

3. Rick Berry, Tom Wasilewski…67

4. Mark Jarolen, Len Coleman…68

5. Joe Weiscarger, John Gershey…68

6. Steve Skiro, Art Brunn Jr.…68

7. Mike Blazick, Mark Kopec…69

8. David Owca, Dennis Owca…69

9. Joe Werner, Jeff Howanitz…69

10. Dave Kachurak, Matt Kachurak…70

11. Tom Iskra, Jim Gardas…70

12. Max Hritzik, Chet Blazick…70

13. Jack Digwood, Jason Marks…71

14. Ted Komoroski, Brandon Matthews…71

15. Mike Zapotoski, Scott Francis…71

16. Scott Barth, Lou Belgio…72

17. Marty Behm, Gary Krawetz…73

18. Manny Mihalos, Gene Chiavacci…73

19. Kevin Keyes, Kevin Polifko…73

20. Mike Hirthler, Mike Hirthler Jr.…73

21. Mike Duda, Don Crossin…74

22. John Muench, John Kotis…74

23. R. Catalanotte, Brian Kersteter…74

24. Mark Jones, Rich Serafin…74

25. Tony Grabowski, George Jones…74

26. Pete Olszewski, Chris Rado…75

27. Dave Bienias, Paul Skrip…75

28. Jerry Decker, Jim Thomas III…75

29. T.J. Cook, Jason Moore…75

30. Drew Mamary, Eric Plisko…75

31. John Miller, Keith Kopec…76

32. Jim Thomas, David Thomas…76

33. John Leighton, Rich Crossin…76

34. George Reimiller, Joe Mantione…77

35. Joe Patrizi, Ken Ralston…77

36. Ed Brady, Neal Bukeavich…77

37. Fran Fisher, Kevin Fisher…77

38. Tom Mastrini, Mark Dingman…77

39. John Kempinski, Dan Kempinski…77

40. Paul Berdy, Tom Gill…78

41. Bob Birk, Ron Dovman…78

42. Corey Mitchell, Corey Mitchell Jr.…78

43. Ned Delaney, Gene Caprio…78

44. Greg Ready, Rob Lee…78

45. Ed Nork, Steve Tokach…78

46. Mark Soprano, John Callahan…79

47. Joe Perugino, Fred Lombardo…79

48. Larry Karnes, Floyd Bowen…79

49. Len Lulis, Alex McLaughlin…79

50. Tom Steltzer, D.L. Sadvary…80

51. Ned Endler, Pat Endler…80

52. Joe Marut, Don Wolfe…80

53. Chris Schwartz, Chris Schwartz…81

54. James Scorey, Paul Kish…81

55. Paul Murray, Dan Chaump…81

56. Joe Butcher, Dan Novak…82

57. John Konicki, Pete Konicki…82

58. Joe Beggs, Tony Genoble…82

59. Ken Thoma, James Falzone…82

60. Ron Hummer, Jim Sabatini…82

61. Joe Manoski, Ken Swiderski…82

62. John Lisman, James Sheridan…82

63. Henry Goldowski, Steve Bolinger…82

64. Frank Schiel, Frank Schiel Jr.…83

65. Tom Zabresky, G. Fredmonski…83

66. Dino Mazarki, Paul Tomek…83

67. Tom MacNeely, Paul Murphy…83

68. Christan Chwiej, Steve Chwiej…83

69. John Churnetski, Wally Kuharchik…83

70. Jack Wilk, Mike Wilk…84

71. Dan Barnes, John Bobeck…84

72. Lou Mastrini, Dan Cornali…84

73. Vince Tassitano, Chris Beggs…84

74. Frank Slucki, Frank Slucki III…85

75. R.X. Kempinski, Tom Kempinski…85

76. Tom Gormen, Molly Gorman…85

77. Harry Gaughan, James Barrett…85

78. James Lentini, Daulton Lentini…86

79. Ron Drobenak, Brian Balutis…86

80. Len Butczynski, B. Marcinkowski…86

81. John Kotsko, Scott Safko…86

82. Jay Burkhart, Bob Burkhart…86

83. Matt Martin, Frank De Gaetano…87

84. Joe Wnorowski, Steve Shipierski…87

85. Tony Pointek, Joe Howanitz…87

86. Geoff Dent, Dale Dent…87

87. Ray Lick, Sheldon Richards…88

88. J.P. Andrejko, Jeff Andrejko…90

89. John Reese, Wes Parker…90

90. Joe Yozviak, Andrew Yoziak…90

91. Bob Selig, Rick Sutliff…91

92. Victor Swiderski, Joe Baranowski…91

93. Robert Rostock, Kevin Barno…92

94. Brian McDermott, Art Rogo…92

95. Ron Simon, Bruce Brenner…93

96. Marty Klein, Joe Skvarla…94

97. Stan Kempinski, Gene Salko…96

98. Dan Leco, Pat Wielgopolski…97

99. Fred Schiel, Dave Pieczynski…98

100. Bill Jones, John Davison…101

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