The 22nd Annual Pete Leyva Memorial Golf Tournament was held on Monday, September 17th at the Sandia Resort and Casino Golf Club. The tournament benefitted the New Mexico Boys & Girls Ranches, which is a terrific organization doing great work for the youth in our state.
We had beautiful weather and a full afternoon flight of 144 players, with a banquet dinner following. This year’s event raised $30,000 to benefit The Ranches.
How Did The Golf Tournament Get Started?
Back in 1998, the beneficiary of the golf tournament was “Families for Children,” a service of the New Mexico Boys & Girls Ranches. The Ranches has been an institution in New Mexico for more than 70 years, providing faith-based services to at-risk children and teens, counseling for families, and a foster care organization. More than 30 teams of golfers participated in the golf tournament that year and it's been growing ever since.
When our friend Pete Leyva passed away in 2003, we decided to rename the tournament in his honor. Since then, the Pete Leyva Memorial Golf Tournament has been instrumental in benefitting the New Mexico Boys & Girls Ranches, contributing more than $550,000 since its inception.
“We at R&R are really proud to present this event and, after 22 years, the tournament has been able to contribute more than $550,000 to the Ranches. Without the continued support of our friends and sponsors, this wouldn’t have been possible…so a big THANKS goes out to all of them,” adds Hap Richardson.
About The Ranches
Established as New Mexico Boys Ranch, Inc. in 1944, the organization has evolved into five divisions that promote opportunity and meaningful help for struggling children and their families. The multi-denominational Christian programs offer kids a safe place to live, a personalized plan to address their needs and goals, and individualized education and counseling.The Ranches has helped thousands of kids and teens develop essential skills, make lasting connections and giving them a second chance toward a better future.
We could not be more proud of the work The Ranches is doing and how generous the business community is in supporting our efforts to help this worthy organization and the kids they support!
Thanks to all of our sponsors and players for making this event possible year after year, we cannot wait for next year! A special thanks goes to Splash Marketing for all their hard work, input, and participation on this year's golf committee.