Golf tournament helps battle SIDS

Chip and Valerie Lindgren (courtesy photo)

Golf tournament helps battle SIDS

Scripps Ranch residents Chip and Valerie Lindgren are hosting the Final Daly Lindgren Memorial Charity Golf Tournament on March 23. This lighthearted and often high-spirited event benefits a good cause: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) research; counseling and comfort for grieving families stricken by SIDS; and SIDS education through the San Diego Guild for Infant Survival.

The mere thought of SIDS is terrifying to parents, and the Lindgrens are all too familiar with this menace. On Feb. 4, 1999, Chip was working and Valerie was travelling at the time. Their daughter, Daly Alexandra Lindgren, was at daycare where she was placed in a crib for her nap but did not wake up. She was 3 ½ months old.

There is no known cause of SIDS.

“It happens during sleep. The typical scenario is the parent or caregiver … finds the child in the crib not breathing,” said Valerie, a labor and delivery nurse. “There is no prevention. There is only risk reduction.  One of the risk reduction measures is not to overheat the child. … Take into account the temperature of the room and what the baby is already wearing.”

Today, the Lindgrens have two other children who are now attending Scripps Ranch High School: Faith is a senior and Samuel a junior.

In 2000, the Lindgrens struggled through all the grief of losing their daughter and rose up to create the charity golf tournament in her honor. Funds raised through the event to date have exceeded $250,000.

“We want to raise money for a good cause, but we also want it to be an enjoyable event for all,” Chip said.

The March 23 golf tournament will begin promptly at noon with a shotgun start at the Coronado Municipal Golf Course, 200 Visalia Row. The format is a four-person scramble. The entry fee is $140 per player, which includes golf, cart, range balls, drink tickets and the pre-tourney barbecue lunch.

Chip said between 90 and 100 golfers participate each year. Most register as foursomes or twosomes, but singles are accepted and will be paired with another person. Chip said the Peoria System will be employed to keep things competitive.

“We try to level the playing field because we have some really ace golfers and then we have a bunch of medium and a bunch of rookies who golf once or twice a year,” he explained.

An awards dinner will be held at 5:45 p.m. in clubhouse. Cost for the dinner is $43 per person. Families are welcomed. Awards include winning men’s and women’s team, Longest Drive, Closest Shot to the Pin, Best Shot, Best Outfit and the Daly Cup. There will also be a raffle, silent auction and photo contest.

Participants in the Daly Lindgren Memorial Charity Golf Tournament are encouraged to dress in costume. (courtesy photo)

Golfers are encouraged to wear costumes, and competition for Best Outfit is usually fierce.

“Normally, we have some teams that put a lot of effort into it because they’re not going to win anything by golfing,” Chip said.

March 16 is the deadline to register for the Final Daly Lindgren Memorial Charity Golf Tournament. For tickets, visit and type Daly into the search window. The tournament should be the first to appear at the top.

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