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Excitement building for Sour Mash golf tournament

Stacy DeCicco, executive director of the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley, posed with the ceremonial check from the 2021 Sour Mash. The golf tournament is scheduled July 11 at the Parkersburg Country Club in Vienna. (File Photo)

PARKERSBURG — Thinking about playing in the annual Sour Mash Open this year?

Better hurry because less than a handful of the 36 slots for four-man teams remain, according to Stacy DeCicco, executive director of the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley, an organizer of the oldest golf tournament in the region that became a United Way signature event last year.

“Registration has been amazing,” she said.

The United Way assumed the organization of the Sour Mash from the Parkersburg Rotary Club in 2021, the 50th anniversary of the tournament. The United Way netted over $60,000 last year from the tournament for the agency and the programs and organizations it supports, DeCicco said.

The Sour Mash tournament will be held Monday, July 11, at the Parkersburg Country Club in Vienna. Shotgun start is 10 a.m.

The tournament fee includes green fees, cart, gift, continental breakfast, lunch, beverages, awards reception, and chances for other prizes. Cost is $200 a player or $750 for a team of four

The 51st edition of the tournament will see several changes, DeCicco said.

In recent years, LPGA Tour professional Brittany Lincicome has been the featured golf celebrity. Lincicome, among the longest hitters on the women’s tour, is unavailable this year, DeCicco said.

“Her schedule did not match up with ours this year,” DeCicco said.

Instead, Josh Kelley, a trick-shot artist from New Jersey, will showbill the tournament, she said. Kelley will offer an exhibition prior to the shotgun start and play in the tournament, DeCicco said.

“So we’re bringing him in this year,” she said.

Kelley’s exhibition is at 9 a.m.

In keeping with the Sour Mash tradition, options include 2 best net balls of 4/play your own ball or scramble format.

This year’s tournament will be dedicated to Pat Sr. and Judy Minnite of the PM Co. The Minnites are community philanthropists.

“Judy has played a really integral part in the family’s success,” DeCicco said.

Another new feature of the 2022 edition of the Sour Mash will include the Sour Mash Bash on Sunday the night before at the country club, DeCicco said. Entertainment for the bash will be released later, she said.

“It’s going to be great,” she said.

Jess Mancini can be reached at jmancini@newsandsentinel.com.

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