VIENNA -When the topic concerns the Dave Couch Golf Tournament, two words come to mind. Waiting list.
The 14th annual event, which is scheduled for an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start on Friday, May 23 at Parkersburg Country Club in Vienna, is once again a sold out, according to tournament chairman Dave Cyrus.
The field of 144 golfers will compete in a modified scramble.
"This a great tournament and for a great cause," Cyrus said.
Last year, the tournament raised $33,000 for ALS and is conducted in memory of Dave Couch, who died in December 2001 following a two-year battle with what is otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
"I would say 95 percent of the people playing in the golf tournament knew Dave Couch," Cyrus said.
As of Friday, the tournament committee had raised $27,000 this year through donations and sponsorships - which pushes the grand total to more than $700,000.
The tournament format is unique and separates itself from typical scramble events. Larry Martin and Cyrus developed the idea for year one, and has lasted through the years.
"We just wanted something different," Cyrus said. "Everyone plays a straight scramble and we wanted to be different. We use mulligans and tee busters. Sometimes, golfers will have to tee off with an iron.
Sometimes, you take the best two drives then add the best two scores together."
Last year, two teams tied for first place with a score of 77. One group consisted of Terry Crislip, Chad Crislip, Bryan Crislip and Ryan Hopkins, while the second team included Scott Bibbee, Floyd Shuler, Brad Ullman and Luke Nicely.
In addition to the golf, participants are treated to an array of prizes.
Half of the 36-team field walks away with some sort of prize. And that's not including door prizes and giveaways.