By Eva Potter

Those who had the pleasure of knowing Ed Szpaicher also know he was a generous, kind-hearted man with an infectious smile — truly one of the greatest ambassadors of Ellicottville.

To honor his memory, this year the third annual Ed Szpaicher Memorial Golf Classic will take place on Wednesday, July 16 and you won’t want to miss it.

The party starts on Tuesday, July 15 with early registration (and packet pickup with paid registration) at the Holiday Valley Cabana Bar. Each registrant will receive a drink coupon and hors d’oeuvres will be available. The first 50 registrants will also
receive a gift.

That evening, there will also be a Putting Contest and Closest to the Pin Contest. It’s a good idea to register early to avoid the rush on tournament day.

Wednesday shotgun starts are at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. The day is capped with 6 p.m. cocktails at the Cabana Bar, followed by a 7 p.m. dinner. Cost is $110 golf and dinner or $50 for dinner only.

The cost includes 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch, drink coupons (2 if you register Tuesday night), beer on the course, complimentary gifts, dinner, entertainment and a free pass to the Holiday Valley pools.

Cash and check payments only are being accepted now. Please mail checks to P.O. Box 131, Ellicottville, NY 14731. Please list names in your group along with morning or afternoon tee time preference.

As in the past, organizers are accepting $100 hole sponsorships.

All net proceeds from the event will go directly to the Eddie Szpaicher Scholarship Fund, with awards presented to deserving Ellicottville Central School college-bound graduates.

Special overnight accommodation rates are available at the Tamarack Club and Inn at Holiday Valley. For reservations, call (716) 699-0020 and reference Ed Szpaicher Golf Tournament. If you have questions, please contact organizer Jay Stoddard at