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Silo Golf Course has that ‘wow factor’

Jul. 26, 2014 @ 11:27 PM

By DAVID WALSH

The Herald-Dispatch

dwalsh@herald-dispatch.com

Dennis Johnson, new owner of Silo Golf Course, and new pro Scott Rowsey want golfers to have the “wow” sensation when they either return or visit the 18-hole course in Lavalette for the first time. They’re succeeding.

The asphalt parking lot has been repaired and new lines are down to show drivers which way to go to find their parking spot.

A renovated clubhouse has two flat-screen TVs on the wall and plenty of room for pro shop personnel to work behind the counter. Visitors can see new hole signs that are about to be installed. Balls, bags and some equipment are available for purchase.

The new-look snack area and lounge is in operation with TVs on the wall, but upgrades are still being made.

Bathrooms for women and men are bigger and more modern. There’s also a simulator room.

In back, renovation continues on the banquet area and Wedge restaurant. Drew Hetzer, who operates Backyard Pizza and The Peddler in Huntington, will run the Wedge. There’s still work to be done, but the horseshoe bar is impressive.

And then there’s the golf course.

Workers first milled and removed old cart paths. The paths are wider, got a new base, gravel and finally asphalt. The asphalt is present on No. 1 going down the hill, No. 13 going down the hill, on No. 15 tee and the path taking players up the hill from Nos. 9 and 18. More paving is in the works.

A new underground drainage system was installed. Repairs to the creek bank were made to protect the lower portion of the course. A good example is by the fourth green. Fairways and greens have received major maintenance and fertilizer.

The course has a website, silogolfcourse.com. And the sign on WV 152 showing people where to turn to go to the course will be redone as the arrow still points to Twin Silos at Lavalette.

WHAT AN EFFORT: Colin Bowles of Oceana, W.Va., made quite a showing in the U.S. Junior Amateur held on the Nicklaus Course at The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, Texas. Bowles, 14, shot 74-73 on the 7,181-yard layout for 147 to make match play. In his first match, Bowles and Andy Zhang, a native of China who lives in Reunion, Fla., were even going to No. 16. Zhang won that hole and the 18th to win 2 up. Zhang, 16, is Golfweek’s highest-ranked junior left in the field (fifth). Two years ago Zhang became the youngest player to ever compete in the U.S. Open at the age of 14. That Open was played at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Before the Junior Am, Bowles finished second in the PGA Junior Series tournament held July 14-16 at Westbrook Country Club in Mansfield, Ohio. In the 16-18 division, Garret Buckley of Novi, Mich., shot 71-71-74 for 216 and Bowles, the youngest player in that division, posted 73-74-73 for 220. His final-round 73 tied for low round of the day. Westbrook played 6,787 yards for that age group.

MARSHALL WOMEN’S BASKETBALL GOLF: Marshall Locker Room Club Scramble, Aug. 7, 10 a.m., Silo Golf Club. Major fundraiser for Thundering Herd women’s basketball team. $500 per team. Contact Judy Rogero, Marshall women’s basketball office, 304-696-5445.

RONNIE KOUNS MEMORIAL: The 18th YMCA fundraiser is Aug. 15 at Riviera Country Club. Entry fee $100. Sponsorships available. Shotgun start at 11:45 a.m. All proceeds benefit the Phil Cline Family Y. For more information, contact Regina Marcum at www.rmarcum@huntingtonymca.org.

PRESIDENTS CUP AT ESQUIRE: The Presidents Cup will be held Aug. 17 at Esquire Golf Course. Play will start at 1 p.m. Two-person teams will four ball for six holes, alternate shot for six holes and scramble for six. Entry fee $10 to get in the tournament, plus green fees and cart. Call 304-736-1476.

HIGH SCHOOL UPDATE: The first major 2014 tournament will be the Lewisburg Elks Challenge on Aug. 5 at Lewisburg Elks G.C. It’s the first stop on the Callaway Junior Tour’s high school series.

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