Strong Kids Classic Honors Ed Griggs

As part of the Family YMCA Annual Campaign, its 2012 Golf Tournament is set for a 1 p.m., Shotgun Start/Scramble Held at Los Alamos Golf Course Saturday, June 9. Registration is now full for this year’s event.

The Family YMCA’s third Annual Strong Kids Classic Golf Tournament has changed its official name to the Ed Griggs Memorial Strong Kids Classic to remember long-time Y friend and golf community member, Ed Griggs.

“Ed was a great man and we are so pleased to have the opportunity to honor him in this way,” YMCA Executive Director Linda Daily said.

Matt Schmidt, president of The Family YMCA Board explained that he turned to Griggs when he had an idea to organize a golf tournament as another way to help the Y raise money for its financial aid and youth programs.

“He had such a great reputation as a golfer, and he was also so well loved at the Y. He did not hesitate and helped us with the first two tournaments,” Schmidt said. “We really wanted to honor his commitment to the Y, his love of golf, his love of gardening and volunteerism.”

Griggs passed away shortly after last year’s tournament, which he helped organized and played.

A memorial plaque will be dedicated prior to the start of the tournament at hole 3 (the old hole 1.)

Children in the Y’s iCare afterschool program will plant flowers in planters located at the hole as Griggs was also known for his his care of the flowers at the golf course.

Friends are invited to the plaque dedication. You do not have to participate in the tournament.

The tournament, now in its third year, is a fundraiser for the Y’s financial aid and youth programs. Last year, more than $14,000 net was raised to help provide more than $80,000 in financial assistance. 

Registration fee includes hole-in-one try for a 2012 Subaru, courtesy of Premier Motors; 3 mulligans; more than $40,000 in prizes including top net and gross scores; drink and meal tickets.

Primary sponsors of the Ed Griggs Classic are RBC Capital Markets, Kelly Myers and Tammy Lu Olinger of Re/Max, Stewart Title and SOC-Los Alamos. Registration is now closed. 

Contact Matt Schmidt, tournament chair at 662-3421 or Linda Daly at 662-3100 for more information.

In the photo, Ev Griggs plants flowers at hole 3 with children in the Y’s iCare afterschool program to honor her husband Ed Griggs. Courtesy/YMCA

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