2019 News

2019 News

 

July 13

       Nan Ryan, Executive Director of the Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships, caught up with Quincyan Luke Guthrie as he was playing in the TPC Colorado Championship at Heron Lakes on the Korn Ferry Tour.  Nan also saw Luke’s wife, Kaitlyn, who along with her sister, also played in Little People’s, and ran into Ryan Morrison and his parents.

       Luke is a three-time winner in Pepsi Little People’s, with victories in 1995, 2004 and 2005.  Morrison, formerly of Atlantic, IA, now living in Denver, won his 12-13 division of Little People’s in 1994.
      Also playing in the TPC at Heron Lakes was Max Greyserman, Scottie Scheffler and T.J. Vogel.
      What an exciting day to see all these former Pepsi Little People’s Players!!
      Nan and Luke at Heron Lakes in Berthoud, CO, during the TPC Colorado Championship.

June 29

           Abby Marting and Ali Schrock are the first winners of the Maureen J. Garrity Scholarship for Women, established to honor Maureen J. Garrity, a long-time supporter and volunteer with Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships, who passed away December 23, 2018.

            This merit scholarship was established to support the education of women who participate in the Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships.  Each of the winners received $1500.

            Abby, 18, from Dubuque, IA, will attend Drake University in the fall, while Ali, 18, from Pontiac, IL, will attend Illinois State University.

            Garrity spent 34 years at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and was particularly impactful in supporting student-led programs on social determinants of health, leadership and community service.

            The MJG Scholarship is ongoing and will be available to young women who will be graduating in 2020 or 2021 and who will be participating in the 2020 Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships.

Below, left to right, Abby Marting, Nan Ryan, and Ali Schrock

June 28

What an honor to have a tree planted in my name!!!  Thanks to my good childhood friend, Anne Musolino St. John, who heads up Trees for Tomorrow, a tree was planted in my name in front of the Quincy Museum on Maine Street, with the inscription “In Honor of Nan Ryan, Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships”.  A forever reminder to the people of Quincy and its visitors about the tournament which has brought so much to the City’s economy.  Thank you Anne!

June 27

Grace Stafford, 14, of St. Louis Mo., is the recipient of the George T. Berry Sportsmanship Award for Girls, at the 2019 Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships.

“Grace read about the Applebee’s Parent-Child event, a part of the 2019 Pepsi Little People’s, and was excited to play with her Dad, Paul Stafford,” explained Grace’s Mom Katie. “But after her little sister Charlotte, who was not playing in the tournament, asked to play with her, Grace decided to enjoy the Sunday tournament with her younger sister, knowing that it would probably change the outcome of her team score.”

Grace realized that it isn’t all about winning, but is about family and fun in the sport.

“Grace has been a wonderful role model and guide for her sister,” said Katie, “while also working hard to improve her own game.”

Grace’s act of selflessness by playing with her sister rather than her Dad is a great example of what sportsmanship is all about. Congratulations, Grace!!

This Sportsmanship Award is given to a girl participating in the tournament who shows good sportsmanship. The Award is named for Berry, father of Nan Ryan, Founder of the Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships.

March 4

     Hayley (Meyer) Tomazic from St. Louis, played in Pepsi Little People’s in the 1990s, along with her sister Kelsey and brother Jack.  Here is her memory of Little People’s:
     “The Little Peoples tournaments are some of our favorite family memories growing up. We always enjoyed the parent/child tournament, bbq and of course the competition. It was such a great place to connect with other golfers from different places and enjoy a fun yet competitive atmosphere. Now that my kids are old enough to play in the tournament, I am thrilled to be able to share this tradition with them.”          Hayley’s 3 year-old son Fitz and 6 year-old daughter Aubrey will be playing in Little People’s 2019 for the first time.

January 16

            Pepsi Little People’s has announced that the Maureen Garrity Scholarship for Women has been established to honor Maureen Garrity, a long-time supporter and volunteer for the Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships.

            Dr. Garrity passed away December 23, 2018, after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer.

            Maureen spent 34 years at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and was particularly impactful in supporting student-led programs on social determinants of health, leadership and community service. Her impact on students, faculty, staff and colleagues across the country was truly amazing and leaves an immeasurable legacy of educators, physicians, leaders and friends.

            For 16 years, Maureen was a year-round volunteer for the Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championship, and could be seen during the tournament working on her computer, taking pictures, and cheering on the players.

            This merit Scholarship was established to support the education of women who participate in the Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships.  The recipient should be a high school junior or senior, graduating in 2019 or 2020, with an unweighted grade-point average of 3.5 or above, who intends to pursue a college degree, and who competes in and completes the 2019 Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships.

            This Scholarship will fund the recipient in an amount between $1500 and $2000 for her continuing education, as indicated in her personal statement.

            For information and application, please email Nan Ryan, LPGC Executive Director, at ryannan@me.com.  Completed application and associated documents must be received by the Little People’s office no later than May 24, 2019.