Sour Mash registration now open

VIENNA — With the 48th annual Rotary Sour Mash Memorial quickly approaching, local charities and organizations are gearing up for a fun time on the green. Through its 47 previous iterations, the event, which is coordinated by both the Parkersburg Rotary Club and Parkersburg Country Club, has served as a fundraiser for worthy causes across the area.

This year’s event takes place on July 15 at the Parkersburg Country Club, and there is still room to sponsor a hole at the event or to sign up and play.

“We have plenty (of spots), so we’re not close to being sold out,” Scott Davidson of the Parkersburg Country Club said. Davidson later said the time for signing up had just begun.

The event has raised over $1 million for local charities around the area since its inception, and organizations can show their support by heading to and signing up to sponsor a hole or by signing up for a grant. Another way to sponsor is by contacting Davidson at the Country Club’s phone number, (304) 295-4841.

Last year’s honoree was Tom Hathaway, and his family’s charity of choice was the PHS foundation. In total, six different non-profits benefited from last year’s memorial. This year, Mickey Welch was named the 2019 honoree, and his charity of choice was the Boys & Girls Club of Parkersburg.

Even with money going to Welch’s charity, there is still plenty to be raised for other organizations.

Grant applications are now being accepted until June 1. All 2018 beneficiaries are ineligible for 2019 funds.

Grant applications can be found on the Parkersburg Rotary website at Once there click on the “Click here for Application” link for a printable version of the form.

For those submitting their own applications, the following information must be provided: Estimated cost of project, amount requested, organization, contact person and their title, mailing address, purpose of the grant (must be for a capital improvement or project; no operating expenses) and project timetable. If amount requested is less than the cost of project then information will be needed as to how the difference will be made up.

Applicants must indicate whether their organization can assist with the recruitment of players, sponsors and favors for the players.

All applications must be submitted in triplicate. One copy of the tax exempt 501 (c) (3) status documentation, as well as the current annual report including a recent end of year operating statement and the current board of directors also must be attached.

Applications can be mailed to: Sour Mash Memorial, P.O. Box 5147, Vienna, WV 26105 or emailed to

“We’re trying to support as many area non-profits as we can,” Davidson said. “There’s a particular form for them to fill out (on the Rotary website) for consideration. We are trying to fund capital projects, whether it’s if someone needs a copy machine, new chairs or maybe fixing a wall up. We’re trying to fund parts of their budget and just to give them money, so we’re trying to tie into projects.”

Last year’s event raised between $22,000 – $23,000 after all expenses were paid.

Foursomes can sign up using the form on the Rotary website, and the deadline for signing up is July 1. There will be a 120-player limit. Long Drive professional Dewald Gouws and LPGA professional Brittany Lincicome will also be attending the event. Lincicome will serve as Gouws’s caddy, and spectators are welcome to follow Gouws and his foursome when they tee off at noon.