Community Wins At Y Golf Tournament

Scene from the Family YMCA Annual Golf Classic Aug. 27 at the Los Alamos County Golf Course. Courtesy/YMCA

The parking lot is filled with golf carts Aug. 27 for the Family YMCA’s Annual Golf Classic. Courtesy/YMCA

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA’s Annual Golf Classic, the Emily McGay Memorial, held Friday, Aug. 27, drew 96 golfers and netted $15,000 for the Y’s financial assistance and youth programs.

Chris Daniels, CEO of the Y, said feedback from players was that it was a great event.

“We send our deepest thanks to the players, our sponsors, business donors, and the Los Alamos Golf Association for making this fundraiser possible,” Daniels said

First place net score winners were the team of Matt Schmidt, Tom Courtney, Mike Harris and Jason Scharff, each winning $100. They scored a 55 in the scramble format.

Second place net score winners, earning $50/player were the team of John Montoya, Joe Gallegos, Linda Gallegos and Joe Sandoval, who collectively scored 57.

The third place team with a score of 59 represented Los Alamos Police Department, with players James Keane, Preston Ballew, Chris Ross and James Rodriguez, who each earned $25.

In a side competition between LAPD and LAFD players, the LAPD players took the top honor, besting LAFD’s James Thwaits, Micah Brittelle, Kelly Sterna and Steve Dawald’s score of 60.

The Y held four games of chance along the course, which allowed the players to earn raffle tickets for a lottery drawing of gift certificates donated by local businesses.

Daniels said no player made a hole-in-one on the 17th green to win the $20,000 prize.

Other winners include Patrick Metzger for the accuracy drive; Evan Gartz for men’s longest drive; Rachel Schroeder for the women’s longest drive; Cory Johnson for the longest putt and Morrie Pongratz, David Moore, and J. Morrison each had a closest to the pin on three par 3 holes.


The Emily McGay Memorial was held Friday, Aug. 27. Courtesy/YMCA

Scene of the luncheon and raffle Friday, Aug. 27 at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op in Central Park Square. Courtesy/YMCA

The LAFD team players at the Family YMCA’Annual Golf Classic Friday, Aug. 27. Courtesy/YMCA

A player during the Family YMCA’s Annual Golf Classic, put 4 rings on bottles and won extra raffle tickets for their prize drawings. Courtesy/YMCA


The Y was established in Los Alamos in 1955 by volunteers who recognized the need for a place where families could recreate together. The Y opened a teen center in Española in 2007 under an operating contract with the city, and began operating another teen center in Los Alamos in 2010 under a separate contract with Los Alamos County. Financial assistance for Y programs is available through an application process based on national poverty levels. Visit for more information.