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Piller replaces Lincicome at Sour Mash

PARKERSBURG–LPGA professional Brittany Lincicome became a fixture at the annual Rotary Sour Mash Memorial Tournament over the years, but she will not attend the 48th iteration of the event that begins on Monday from the Parkersburg Country Club.

Lincicome, who had participated in the Sour Mash for the last 12 years, gave birth eight weeks early on July 8 and as a result, will not be able to make it.

Lincicome wrote about the birth in a post on Instagram.

“So our little bundle of joy decided she didn’t want to wait anymore to make her grand entrance,” Lincicome wrote shortly after the delivery.

“I flew to Chicago for an outing yesterday, and she came today at 3:50 p.m. She is exactly 8 weeks early. So we need some prayers for her. So far she is doing awesome.”

In an update about Lincicome’s condition, Ayla Berrigan of Sterling Sports Management provided this quote to The Parkersburg News and Sentinel on Friday:

“Sunday evening, while in the Chicago area for a golf outing, Brittany began having contractions and went to a local hospital,” Berrigan started.

“Although eight weeks early, Brittany delivered a healthy baby girl at 3:50 pm on Monday, July 8. Emery Reign Gouws was born four pounds, 11 ounces and is making strides in her development already. Mom and baby are both doing well and will be able to return home in a matter of weeks.”

In response to her absence, the Parkersburg Country Club is welcoming PGA Tour professional Martin Piller to this year’s tournament. At the end of the 2017-18 PGA season, Piller ranked 126th in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings. A seven-time professional winner, Piller’s last win came in 2017 on the Web.com Tour in the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae. He is married to Gerina Piller, who like the aforementioned Lincicome, participates on the LPGA Tour.

Landing Piller for an event like this was a good get for the country club and local pro Scott Davidson, and Davidson says Piller will be a welcome addition to the tournament’s proceedings.

“(Lincicome’s) agent gave us a couple options. Martin was our first choice,” Davidson said. “He was able to re-work his schedule and come in, and we’re looking forward to him.

Having participated in the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic, Piller made the cut and played a third round. At the end of the three rounds, Piller finished at 3-under and now sets his sights on the Mid-Ohio Valley. As for when he will arrive at the PCC, Davidson said Piller will be there “as early as 8:30 Monday morning.”

Having raised over $1 million for local charities, the tournament serves as a reminder that some things are bigger than golf. Each year, a specific honoree is chosen with money going to the organization of their choice. Mickey Welch is this year’s honoree, and she chose the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg.

Contact Josh Hughes at jhughes@newsandsentinel.com

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