It started out as an “ordinary golf outing” of 8 players on the first tee box trading barbs, lies, and ultimately ironing out the details for the day’s match. Something was different about that day’s match. It became apparent this day the players had a particular allegiance that ran deeper than their love of golf. It was realized each player had a particular allegiance to either Page or Grimsley High School. The selection for the competing foursomes was easy to make on this “ordinary golf outing,” but more importantly, it was the genesis of our annual Page-Grimsley Rivalry Reunion Golf Tournament!
In 2006 John Hodges and Dean Barrett approached Don Dempsey about creating a golf tournament to celebrate and benefit the athletic departments and student athletes at Page and Grimsley High Schools in Greensboro, North Carolina. Having attended the schools and experienced North Carolina’s most intense and long standing rivalry, the trio agreed that the rivalry extended well beyond the confines of the student athlete’s high school tenure and that a golf tournament to celebrate it be would be well received.
2006 marked the first annual Page Grimsley Rivalry Reunion Golf Tournament. The tournament was a huge success from day one. The competitive spirit was obviously still alive and well in the alumni and they came out in full force to support the event. The athletic departments and student athletes saw the benefits in four student athletic scholarships and $10,000 to each athletic department. The tournament raised over $23,000for the schools.
The Rivalry Reunion is supported by many local businesses each year. The Greensboro Grasshoppers are our title sponsor and have been since 2008 and Neese’s Sausage has been the sponsor for the student athlete’s scholarships since our inception. In addition, we have many other local companies that continue to support the event each year. The alumni continue to support the event by filling the field each year with 288 golfers and requiring us to maintain a waiting list for entry.
The event has been held at Bryan Park Golf Course every year. The tournament field fills both golf courses with 288 golfers and is held the same Friday as the annual Page Grimsley football game. It has grown beyond just a fundraiser and has become an annual reunion weekend for the two schools. Many class reunions are now scheduled each year to coincide with the tournament.
Since 2006, the Page Grimsley Rivalry Reunion has donated nearly half a million dollars to Page and Grimsley's Booster clubs.
Tournament proceeds have funded:
Press box renovations
Basketball court resurfacing
"..the funds were used to create a second playing field...thank you to all that made this possible!!"
— Charles Wright, Page Alumni & Friends Association
"..the donation was used to buy a new scorer's table to help raise future donations...Thank you Rivalry Reunion!"
— Erik Albright, Grimsley High School Booster Club