49th Annual
Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf

Details for 2022 event coming soon!

Golfers giving a thumbs up

Hundreds of golfers competing in the 48th Annual Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf tournament in Paradise Valley went home “winners” after helping to raise more than $400,000 for St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. Welcoming friends both old and new, Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf has become a celebrated rite of spring in addition to achieving the highest acclaim of charity golf events in Arizona, raising much needed funds for patient care, medical education and research at the hospital that has been serving the Valley longer than any other medical facility.

The annual event combines two historical golf tournaments that have supported different healthcare programs and research at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. The first was established in 1973 by Lou Grubb, the Valley businessman who rose to fame in the automotive industry at the same time he won the admiration of fans via his “Take Five” commercials. This tournament began as a casual round of golf with Grubb and his closest friends, who pooled donations together for local charities. In 1986, Grubb narrowed the beneficiaries to Barrow and St. Joseph’s in gratitude for lifesaving care he received there, and he, wife Evie and the Grubb family have been generous supporters of the medical facilities ever since.

The second of the tournaments kicked off in 1982 to support women’s health services at St. Joseph’s, including special programs for under-insured patients and those without the means to pay for much-needed care. In 2003, this fundraiser combined forces with those of the Grubb tournament, leading to a partnership that has successfully landed millions to enhance medical efforts within our community.

This year’s golf tournament returned to the JW Marriot Camelback Golf Club’s two scenic championship courses in Paradise Valley. All participants received complimentary golfing gifts, including Maui Jim Sunglasses, and all were invited to try their luck in the drone drop and hole-in-one competitions. Following 18 holes, golfers gathered for a casual after-party and awards reception, complete with beverages and buffet. As an added bonus, a Phat Golf Scooter was raffled off—with golfer Melissa Kapanacis holding the winning ticket.

Through the dedication of the Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf Committee, co-chaired this year by Erik Jensen and Elizabeth Oviedo, along with the generous support of the golfing community, the tournament has raised millions for areas in critical need at Barrow and St. Joseph’s, including the Cleft and Craniofacial Center, Concussion Network, Family Medicine, MOMobile and research impacting a wide variety of debilitating conditions and diseases.

“I believe my parents would be proud and grateful to know our community continues to celebrate the philanthropic tradition of Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf,” said Dan Grubb, who sponsors and participates in organizing the event. “This past year has made most of us acutely aware of how important it is to have advanced medical care available when needed. I thank the members of the Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf committee and golfing community for recognizing the value of supporting this tournament and its contributions to St. Joseph’s and Barrow.”

Interested in sponsoring the upcoming Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf event? Call (602) 406-1044 for additional information.

View photo highlights of the 2019 tournament


Watch Dan Grubb, Roger Maxwell and others talk about the history and impact of this special event: