Sour Mash raises $30K

VIENNA -The 42nd annual Sour Mash Memorial Golf Tournament reflected the dedication of both the Wood County Rotary Club and the Parkersburg Rotary Club while raising $30,000 for area grant recipients during Monday’s awards ceremony at Parkersburg Country Club.

The event also featured a clinic and exhibition match by LPGA Tour professional Brittany Lincicome.

“Everything came together very nicely,” Sour Mash committee member Jerry Parkins said. “This is the fifth year Brittany has been with us and that continues to serve as a draw. The cynergy that is created by both the Wood County and Parkersburg rotaries has helped as well.

“We’re ecstatic and delighted to once again be able to support those non-profit organizations in the area.”

Organizations that will benefit from money raised include Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg; Camden Clark Foundation; Good Samaritan Clinic; Oil, Gas & Industrial Historical Association; Latrobe Street Mission; Parkersburg High School Stadium; Wood County Senior Citizens Association; and YMCA of Parkersburg.

As part of the Bryce-Lietzke-Martin Scholarship Fund, several individuals will receive financial backing. The list includes Alan Cooke, Seneca Donahue, Killian Ellis, James Fankhauser and Monty Parkins.

“We’ll just keep our feet to the fire and try to do this year after year,” Parkins said. “This was obviously a special year because Larry Martin was actively involved in the Sour Mash during the time he worked here at the country club.”

Jim Hayhurst of United Bank was a close friend of the late Larry Martin, who was this year’s honoree for the Sour Mash Memorial Golf Tournament. Hayhurst spent several minutes at the podium reflecting about Martin’s contributions.

“Larry Martin was one of our kind of guys,” Hayhurst said. “He was one of the most unique individuals who had a magical way of making you his best friend. Of course, he had hundreds of friends.

“He was totally dedicated to Parkersburg Country Club when he worked here and there was no question who was in charge.”

Martin nicknamed himself the “Old Pro” and was the consummate salesman. He was named Golf World Business Top 25 sales representatives in the United States in 2005, and in 2008 he was selected as the Salesman of the Year by Callaway Golf.

“Larry Martin’s life was totally devoted to the game of golf,” Hayhurst said.

As for Monday’s tournament results, the foursome of Matt Macatol, Jeff Schramm, Jay Ruffing and Phi Chen finished at 122 for a format which took two best net balls of the four team members for each hole. Because of their six-stroke victory, they will represent the featured foursome which plays against Lincicome and Parkersburg Country Club PGA professional Scott Davidson next year.