Lincicome back in town

VIENNA -The opportunity to see how the pros maneuver around a golf course takes place today at Parkersburg Country Club as LPGA Tour professional Brittany Lincicome arrives in Vienna for her annual visit to the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Lincicome is one again the featured guest for the 42nd annual Sour Mash Memorial Golf Tournament, which is presented by the Wood County Rotary Club and the Parkersburg Rotary Club. She will kick off the event with a clinic on the first tee at 8:45 a.m.

The tournament follows with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. and Lincicome returns to action at 11:30 a.m. to join forces with Parkersburg Country Club PGA professional Scott Davidson. The duo will compete against a featured foursome consisting of Lori Williamson, Brenda Stauffer, Lisa Stafford and Gary Ferguson, who earned the right after winning last year’s Sour Mash Memorial.

“I’m not a great golfer, plus the gallery will be there to watch Brittany,” Williamson said.

Lincicome has established herself as the one of the longest hitters on Tour year after year. Currently, she is ranked second at 271.5 yards. Only Nicole Smith at 274.9 yards owns a better average.

Now in her ninth year on the Tour, Lincicome has accumulated $5.1 million in career earnings. This season, she climbed within striking range of the top 40 on the money list with $178,044 after her top 10 finish at the U.S. Women’s Open in Southampton, N.Y.

She is seeking to secure a spot on the United States’ team for the Solheim Cup scheduled for Aug. 16-18 in Parker, Colorado. With three tournaments remaining, she is fifth in the player standings. The top eight individuals automatically qualify.

The 27-year-old golfer is a native of St. Petersburg, Fla., but her parents have roots in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Tom Lincicome graduated from Parkersburg High School, while Angie Lincicome is a native of Point Pleasant.

“Her dad is two years older than me, but we both went to Parkersburg High School – I remember the Corvette he drove,” Ferguson said.

This year, the Sour Mash Memorial is honoring Larry Martin, who was a promoter of junior golf in the state of West Virginia and a former head professional at Parkersburg Country Club.

The tournament committee also has announced the grant recipients for 2013. They are as follows: Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg; Camden Clark Foundation; Good Samaritan Clinic; Oil, Gas & Industrial Historical Association/Henderson Hall; Latrobe Street Mission; Parkersburg High School Stadium; Wood County Senior Citizens Association; and YMCA of Parkersburg.