Golf tourney to honor memory of well-known Oil City resident

A popular golf outing that bore the name of an Oil City tavern is returning to a local golf course.

The Brewbusters Open, sponsored and organized by the tavern known as Brewbusters on Oil City’s South Side, will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, at River Ridge Golf Course. The popular bar, in business from 1991 to 2010, was owned and operated by the Stahlman family.

While the Brewbusters title remains intact, there is a new tagline tacked on to the tourney name – the Bobby Stahlman Memorial.

“Bobby Jr. always ran the tournament and did the big Monday night Brewbusters League,” said Todd McLaughlin, a longtime friend whose River Ridge course will host the outing. “I want this to be a memorial to him.”

Robert C. “Bobby” Stahlman Jr., an Oil City native, died at the age of 46 in January 2017. The 1988 Oil City High School graduate, a standout athlete, worked for years alongside his parents, Bob and Sandy Stahlman, at the family-owned business.

Stahlman is survived by his wife, Kelli Masterson Stahlman, and their two children, Landon and Lizzi.

The two youngsters are at the heart of McLaughlin’s effort to hold a tournament in their father’s name.

“I’m Lizzi’s godfather. And I became friends with Bobby through golf. I put that together and this tournament will raise money for college for both of his children,” said McLaughlin.

Ironically, Stahlman and McLaughlin once arranged a tournament together in memory of a lost family member. The duo sponsored the fundraiser for the children of Stahlman’s late brother, Marc, nearly a dozen years ago.

Kelli Stahlman, who lives with her children in Rochester, N.Y., is assisting McLaughlin in preparations for the golf tournament.

“I am excited and grateful that he is willing to do this for my kids,” she said. “It means a lot to me to have it in memory of Bobby.”

All proceeds in the four-person scramble, open to men and women, will go into a custodial fund to help pay the Stahlman children’s educational expenses.

Tournament organizers have pegged $5,000 as the collection goal. The tournament will be an annual event, said McLaughlin.

Donna Rapp of Edward Jones Investments in Oil City is handling the financial details. She and Kelli Stahlman are longtime good friends, she said.

Donations to sponsor holes during the tournament may be sent to Brewbusters Open Memorial to Bobby Stahlman custodial account at Edward Jones Investments, 105 E. First St., Oil City. The fund should be noted on any submitted checks, said Rapp.

Additional information is available by contacting Stahlman at (814) 676-1151.

Registrations for the memorial outing may be done by calling the golf course at (814) 676-3712 or e-mailing McLaughlin at