Pat White returning to Mid-Ohio Valley Classic

MINERAL WELLS -Former West Virginia University standout Pat White, the first quarterback in college football history to start in four bowl victories, once again will be a featured guest at the Mid-Ohio Valley Classic, set for Saturday and Sunday at Woodridge Golf Club.

The tournament, a combined effort of the Stadium Field Advisory Committee and the Erickson All-Sports Facility board of directors, raises money for the two athletic stadiums.

Last year, for the second annual event, White’s appearance was a major factor in organizers more than tripling the number of participants over their initial tournament.

This year, they had previously announced the appearance of Jonathon Kimble, who serves as West Virginia University’s mascot, the Mountaineer.

Steve Hussey, a former South athlete who serves as chairman of the tournament committee, recently sent White an e-mail thanking him for his participation a year ago and congratulating him on his recent signing by the Washington Redskins.

Hussey not only received a near immediate reply, but one that delighted him.

White wanted to know the dates for this year’s events so he could return.

“He really enjoyed himself last year,” Hussey said. “We are thrilled to have him back.”

While Kimble must limit his appearance to Saturday morning from 8 to 10, White plans to make a weekend of it. He will attend Saturday’s after-golf cookout and will spend time with those who sponsor the two-day tournament.

The tournament is a combined effort of Parkersburg High, whose athletic teams wear red, and Parkersburg South, whose primary color is blue. It is known as Purple Pride.

All proceeds from the event are divided between the two stadium projects. Stadium Field is in the process of undergoing a major renovation designed to solidify its bleachers, which were deemed unsafe. The Erickson All-Sports Facility is in need of a new surface for its eight-lane all-weather track.

The golf tournament features both stroke play as well as a two-player best ball competition. Entry fee of $100 includes two days of golf with cart and lunch both days.

The tournament is seeking both golf participants and sponsors at various levels.

Over the past two years, the stadium committees have split $19,000. Organizers would like to top their previous efforts, both in terms of golf participants and in the amount of money raised.

Hussey said the committee’s goal is to create a quality, unique golf tournament for the better amateur players. The West Virginia Golf Association has designated the tournament as a participant in its Player of the Year competition.

Anyone interested in participating in or sponsoring the tournament should call 304-615-6275.