Sour Mash Memorial committee accepting grant applications

VIENNA – While the anticipated arrival of LPGA Tour golfer Brittany Lincicome to the Mid-Ohio Valley remains 2 1/2 months away, grant applications are still being accepted for the 42nd annual Sour Mash Memorial.

Applications must be received by May 31. Forms are available on both the Parkersburg and Wood County rotary club websites at or and should be mailed to: Sour Mash Memorial, P.O. Box 5147, Vienna, W.Va. 26105.

Recipients of 2012 Sour Mash Memorial funds are ineligible for 2013 funds.

With support from various individuals, local businesses and community charities, the two rotary clubs have raised well over $1 million for local charities.

This year, the Sour Mash Memorial committee is honoring Larry Martin, who was prominent with junior golf throughout the state of West Virginia and founded the Top Flite Junior Tour. More than 3,000 youth golfers have been directly impacted during the past 28 years by what is now known as the Callaway Junior Tour, which Martin created and nurtured.

Martin died last year at the age of 58.

“Larry Martin may have been one of the best friends I ever had,” said Jim Fankhauser, who won the West Virginia Open on his home course of Parkersburg Country Club in 1983. “He was like a brother to me and his impact on my career was immense. He was a friend, mentor and in many ways a role model for integrity, honesty and hard work.

“He was extremely good and giving to me throughout my career, as well as to so many other people. His impact on Parkersburg County Club and junior golf in West Virginia will never be equaled.”

This year’s Sour Mash Memorial, which is a combination of the Wood County Celebrity Classic Golf Tournament and the Sour Mash Open, will be conducted July 8 at Parkersburg Country Club.

At the age of 27, Lincicome remains a drawing attraction with her local ties to the Mid-Ohio Valley. Her father, Tom, graduated from Parkersburg High School, and her mother, Angie, hails from Point Pleasant.

Lincicome has earned more than $5 million during her nine seasons as a professional. This year, she continues to rank among the Tour leaders in average driving distance. Her 270.889 yard average puts her third among her peers.

In the Rolex rankings, the Seminole, Fla., native ranks 21st and is 52nd on this season’s money list at $40,019. Her best showings in 2013 include a pair of top 20 finishes – beginning with the Australian Open in February and again at the HSBC Women’s Champions the first week of March.