Lincicome sets PCC record

VIENNA -The schedule for Monday’s 43rd annual Rotary Sour Mash Memorial at the Parkersburg Country Club stated guest professional Brittany Lincicome would give a golf clinic at 10:15 a.m.

Indeed, that is what took place as Lincicome displayed her bag of clubs and bag of tricks to a large and appreciative gallery that ooohed and aaahed as each passing shot seemed to go higher and further as Lincicome got into a groove.

Lincicome was joined in the demonstration by her boyfriend, Dewald Gouws, who she simply referred to as D. But he also got an A for his trick shots and booming drives, the latter a result of his being a member of the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship.

Once that show was over, Lincicome put on a second clinic when she joined PCC pro Scott Davidson for their showdown against the featured foursome of Matt Macatol, Jeff Schramm, Jay Ruffing and Phil Chen.

The Marietta-based foursome went all-out, shooting a best-ball round of 63, as well as having their caddys dressed up in PGA type garb that carried the name of their golfer on the back of their shirts.

The foursome also raised $5,000, which they donated to the Sour Mash, which annually selects local charitable organizations to receive the funds. With the $5,000 donation, the total amount raised on Monday was approximately $30.000. The Sour Mash also provides scholarships to local youths who participate in golf through the Bryce-Lietzke-Martin Scholarship. The featured foursome presented their check to Becky Martin, wife of the late Larry Martin, the long-time professional at PCC.

But even their impressive score 63 couldn’t equal the Herculean effort turned in by Lincicome and Davidson, who posted a 61, in large part thanks to Lincicome shooting a 62, and in the process setting a new women’s record at PCC.

Typical for a summer day in the Mid-Ohio Valley, the weather was hot and humid. But that didn’t get in the way of the spirit surrounding the Sour Mash, which always draws a strong field of local golfers.

Monday’s field included 26 foursomes who competed against one another by counting their two best scores on each hole.

In an extremely tight competition, the foursome of Tom Moat, Butch Joseph, Eddie Staats and Michael DeVore took first place with a score of 121. Placing second were Don Dooley, Dan Held, Jim Cobb and Sam Winans with a 123.

Finishing in a third place tie at 124 were the team of Don Stauffer, J.B. Abicht, Chris Ullman Sr. and Chris Ullman Jr. and the team representing the Parkersburg News and Sentinel, which included Chris Smith, Jason Rollins., Jim Wright and Eddie Thomas.

Lincicome, whose father Tom is a Parkersburg High School graduate mother Angie is from Point Pleasant, has made the Sour Mash an annual stop on her busy golf calendar, appearing here each of the past nine years. Much like Bruce Lietzke, she has become a fixture at the event.

During a lull in Monday’s action, Lincicome took time to send out a picture of the gallery following her and Davidson huddling around one of the many trees that adorn the PCC layout.

“Playing a scramble and everyone is hiding behind trees LOL. Love it,” she said.

Lincicome usually stops in Parkersburg immediately after playing the pressure-packed U.S. Women’s Open. This year, that wasn’t the case and Lincicome showed what she can do when she is rested and ready to play, blistering the PCC layout with her long drives, solid approaches and a hot putter.

Lincicome wasn’t the only golfer to bring their A game on Monday. Local favorite Alan Cooke not only shot a men’s course record 64, but in doing so won three of the six prizes given out for closest to the pin and longest drives. Cooke is one of the favorites for the 71st annual West Virginia Open, which gets under way on Wednesday at The Resort at Glade Springs.