Sour Mash Memorial grant application deadline is June 16

PARKERSBURG – The 43rd annual Rotary Sour Mash Memorial featuring LPGA Tour professional Brittany Lincicome at Parkersburg Country Club is approximately two months away and that means the grant application deadline is closing in.

The deadline for the grant applications is June 16 and is available on the Parkersburg Rotary website. Information required on the grant application includes the estimated cost of project and the amount requested.

Applicants must explain the purpose of the grant and the timetable for the project. Applicants also must include tax exempt 501 (c) (3) status documentation, a current annual report (including a recent end of year operating statement) and current board of directors.

All requests must be mailed to Sour Mash Memorial, P.O. Box 5147, Vienna, W.Va., 26105.

Recipients of 2013 South Mash Memorial funds are ineligible for 2014 funds.

This year, Bob Wallbrown will serve as the honoree for the Rotary Sour Mash Memorial. Wallbrown is a 1949 Parkersburg High School graduate who attended Marietta College before joining the Naval Cadet program where he earned his wings and commission.

He transferred to the Marine Corps, where he served as a pilot and instructor for advanced jet pilot training. He served in that role until his discharge in 1956 as a captain.

Wallbrown eventually joined Tri-State Roofing and Sheet Metal Company in Davisville as a superintendent. He became Tri-State’s president and served in that capacity until 1993 when he joined The Mountain Company as a vice-president.

As far as his hobbies, Wallbrown played in the first Sour Mash Open in 1971 and held the distinction of playing in 37 consecutive Sour Mash Open tournaments. He was the low net winner in 1974 and 1994.

One of his fondest memories was playing in the featured foursome alongside Parkersburg Country Club professional Larry Martin and PGA Tour member Bruce Lietzke.

Wallbrown was a member of the Parkersburg Area Jaycees, the American Legion and the Parkersburg Elks Club.

Entry into the Rotary Sour Mash Memorial scheduled for Monday, July 21, costs $200 per player or $750 per team. The format is ‘Play Your Own Ball’ team event with two best net balls of four. Deadline for registration is July 14.

Registration on the day of the event begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by a clinic with Lincicome at 10:15 a.m. The tournament begins with a shotgun start at 11 a.m.

The winning team will have the opportunity to play with Lincicome in the 2015 Rotary Sour Mash Memorial Tournament as part of the featured foursome. This year’s featured foursome includes Matt Macatol, Jeff Schramm, Jay Ruffing and Phi Chen.

Lincicome’s presence at Parkersburg Country Club has been greeted with great fanfare. She has relatives living in the area since her father, Tom, graduated from Parkersburg High School, and her mother, Angie, was raised in Point Pleasant.

Currently, Lincicome resides in Seminole, Fla. She is a three-time member of the United States’ Solheim Cup team. With five career victories, Lincicome has earned more than $5.5 million during her career on the LPGA Tour.