Crunch time for Rotary Sour Mash Memorial

VIENNA -Crunch time is approaching for the 43rd annual Rotary Sour Mash Memorial golf event scheduled for Monday, July 21, at Parkersburg Country Club.

“We’re just tying up all the loose ends, and making sure we have the golfers and sponsors,” said Ray Fanta, who serves as the chairperson for the Sour Mash Memorial Golf Committee. “We could use more golfers, and we are tying up the loose ends in terms of tournament prizes and sponsors. That’s the main thing we are shooting for.”

The event kicks off at 10:15 a.m. with a clinic conducted by LPGA Tour professional Brittany Lincicome, who recently recorded a top 15 finish at the U. S. Women’s Open in Pinehurst, N.C. Currently, Lincicome ranks 43rd on the tour money list with $162,003 and owns the fifth best average driving distance at 267.939 yards. Lincicome is a three-time member of the Solheim Cup.

Her parents, Tom and Angie Lincicome, have ties to the Mid-Ohio Valley. Tom graduated from Parkersburg High School, while Angie grew up in Point Pleasant.

“Brittany is a wonderful personality and has become an ambassador for our area here in the Mid-Ohio Valley,” Fanta said. “I was on a radio show and telling them what other time do you get a professional athlete to participate in the sport they compete in.”

The tournament begins with an 11 a.m. shotgun start.

Last week, the Sour Mash Memorial Golf Committee selected the 2014 grant recipients and scholarship recipients. The list of grant recipients is Circles Campaign of the Mid-Ohio Valley; Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department Oral Health Program; SW Resources; Wake the World; Vienna Public Library; and Habitat.

“Anybody who received a grant can’t get one for this year,” said Sour Mash Memorial Golf Committee member Lisa Shaffer. “In the selection process, they look at the need and how much they have. They must be a 501 (c) (3) organization.”

The recipients of the Bryce-Lietzke-Martin Scholarship Fund are Benjamin Collie, Alan Cooke, Garrett Dailey, Abby Roberts, Noah Smith, Samuel Boso and Seneca Donahue.

This year’s honoree is Bob Wallbrown.

Playing in the featured foursome with Lincicome and Parkersburg Country Club PGA professional Scott Davidson that afternoon are Matt Macatol, Jeff Schramm, Jay Ruffing and Phi Chen.

Entry into this year’s Rotary Sour Mash Memorial is $200 per player or $750 per team. The format is ‘Play Your Own Ball’ team event with two best net balls of four. The deadline for registration is July 14.