PARKERSBURG - More than a dozen local officials gathered at the City Building Wednesday as organizers detailed the Mid-Ohio Valley Amateur Golf Classic and the Purple Banquet, featuring Jim Justice as the keynote speaker.
The events have been put together through a joint effort of the Stadium Field Improvement Committee and the Erickson All-Sports Facility in an effort to raise funds for their projects as well as resurrect a large, local amateur event, similar to the long-abandoned Greater Parkersburg Open.
Tournament and event chairman Steve Hussey is hoping to raise upwards of $50,000 with the proceeds spilt between two groups.
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Steve Hussey, left, and Dale Robertson announce the MOV Amateur Golf Classic and Purple Banquet Wednesday during a press conference at the City Building. The events have been put together through a joint effort of the Stadium Field Improvement Committee and the Erickson All-Sports Facility in an effort to raise funds for their projects.
Dale Richardson, with the Erickson All-Sports Facility, said the purple theme was chosen because of the blending of Red (Parkersburg High) and Blue (Parkersburg South High)
The two-day event will be held May 15 and 16 with round one at Woodridge Plantation and round two at the Parkersburg Country Club.
The event will be open to all golfers throughout the Mountain State and already has received an endorsement from the West Virginia Golf Association, which will be awarding points from the tournament toward the WVGA Player of the Year, as well as marketing the event statewide.
Hussey is hoping to field a 144 golfers to the event, drawing many from outside the area.
The tournament is being sponsored by McCrady-Jones Insurance.
It has also received the endorsement of the Wood County Convention and Visitor's Bureau and the Wood County Commission, which awarded the group $5,000.
Event organizers said there a lots of openings for corporate sponsors.
Following the first day, the committee will hold its inaugural Purple Banquet, featuring Justice, the owner of The Greenbrier Resort and responsible for bringing PGA golf back to the state with the creation of The Greenbrier Classic.
Justice attended Wednesday's press conference via telephone.
"I'm tickled to be part of the event," he said. "I am really passionate about West Virginia."
Justice has long been involved in youth sports. Greg Smith, who serves as co-chairman of the Purple Banquet, said Justice is the prime choice for a Purple event.
"He is the perfect spokesman to promote youth sports and activities," Smith said.
Smith also noted the banquet will be just one of many Purple events.
"Events like this show Parkersburg really is a title town," Mayor Bob Newell said.