Kids Golf Classic raises $210,175

TYLER BENNETT, The Marietta Times Representatives of the Kids Golf Classic tournament with the check of $210,175. All of the funds raised were donated to the Parkersburg Boys and Girls Club Monday afternoon at the Parkersburg Country Club.

VIENNA — The Kids Golf Classic tournament celebrated its 23rd year benefitting the Parkersburg Boys and Girls Club, by generating a tournament record of $210,175, compared to the $191,000 raised at last year’s event.

Local businesses and community members sponsored 136 golfers at the Parkersburg Country Club on a sunny Monday afternoon.

The money raised will directly go to the Boys and Girls Club helping the organization serve the local youth annually, thanks to United Bank underwriting the cost of the tournament.

The classic is an important event as 30 to 40 percent of the organization’s income comes from the function alone, according to the club’s executive director Ben Shuman.

“United Bank always pulls off one of the best events of the entire year, the flagship golf tournament in our region. They do an amazing job of creating a beautiful atmosphere, how they take care of the players and the teams,” said Shuman, who is entering his ninth year in charge as the executive director. “Without them, all of the sponsors and players. The Boys and Girls club would likely not be open today. If it were it, would certainly be in a vastly smaller captaincy from what we are able to do now.”

The date of the event comes at the right time for the Boys and Girls Club, as the summer program that serves 200 kids, compared to the usual 100, starts next week.

The program helps the kids with academics, but also provides several educational opportunities such as how to do 3&D printing, CNC milling, laser cutting, and enrichment projects and programs, according to Shuman.

Once the final team completed hole 18, the tournament’s chairman and Chief Consumer Banking Officer of United Bank Chad Mildren awarded the record-breaking check to Shuman.

“It was another great year, we had fabulous weather. A full field of players and our community once again came through in a big way for the Boys and Girls Club,” said Mildren, “So many great people and corporations step up for the Club. It’s a humble feeling to run the tournament and I’m just happy to be able to do it.”

Platinum level sponsors, giving $10,000 or more, include; CAS Cable; Mary Riccobene, Reagle & Padden; The Ross Foundation; Tri-State Roofing & Sheet Metal Company; United Bank and United Construction Company. Gold level sponsors, giving $5,000 or more; include; Bowles Rice; Chapman Printing Company; Family Carpet; FIS; Highmark West Virginia; Mickey Welch, Mary Anne and Doug Ketelsen; Mister Bee; Richard Adams; Wincore Windows & Doors; and WVU Medicine-Camden Clark Medical Center. Silver level sponsors, giving $1,000 or more, include: 47 local businesses and community members. Additionally, 91 hole sponsors contributed $250 each.

Winning the first flight with a score of 58 was Brian McPherson, Kyle Bowles, Wynn Bowden, and Tim Northrup.

Brian Clayton, David Hines, Shannon Pettit, Mike Jones won the second flight with a score of 64.

Harry Silvis, Joe Marra, Dave Marra, Dave Fleming, and Brian Gartley captured the third flight with 63.