Sour Mash raises $30K for local groups, programs

PARKERSBURG – The Sour Mash Memorial Golf Tournament raised $30,000 this year to help several local programs and organizations.

The golf event is a joint program of the Parkersburg Rotary Club and the Wood County Rotary Club and during Monday’s weekly meeting of the Parkersburg Rotary Club, this year’s recipients were recognized and presented the proceeds of the 42nd annual Sour Mash event, which was held July 9 at Parkersburg Country Club.

The organizations that received money from the fundraiser included Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg; Camden Clark Foundation; Good Samaritan Clinic; Oil, Gas and Industrial Historical Association; Latrobe Street Mission; Parkersburg High School Stadium; Wood County Senior Citizens Association; and YMCA of Parkersburg.

A contribution was also made to the Bryce-Lietzke-Martin Scholarship Fund. The fund was established in 1990 to honor Dr. John Coyle Bryce, PGA professional Bruce Lietzke and Parkersburg Country Club golf professional Larry Martin, who died in 2012. The fund is used to provide scholarships for post-secondary education to Wood County students who have shown an interest in golf.

Sour Mash Committee member Jerry Parkins said Martin was also the honoree of this year’s Sour Mash Memorial. As it does each year, the Sour Mash Committee makes a contribution to an organization or charity as designated by the family of the honoree.

“At the request of his wife Becky… I am pleased to inform you that the Sour Mash Memorial is making a contribution to the West Virginia Golf Foundation – Junior Golf Fund in Larry’s name,” Parkins said. “This fund was established by – who else – Larry Martin. A few years before he passed away, Larry requested that the West Virginia Golf Assocation establish a separate fund within their foundation to support junior golf in the state of West Virginia. We are pleased to make a contribution to the Junior Golf Fund in the name of Larry Martin,” he said.

Parkins said this year’s Sour Mash Memorials was one of the better years for the event, with high turnout, good weather and the annual participation of LPGA Tour professional golf Brittany Lincicome.

“All in all, we had a wonderful year and a very successful year,” he said.