Updated: July 7, 2016
The memorial service for Griffin Clark will be Saturday, July 9 at 11:00 a.m. at the Country Club of Petersburg, 1250 Flank Road, Petersburg, VA 23805. His father has requested in lieu of florwers that people please donate to the Saint Leo Golf programs in Griffin's name.
In order to donate, go to https://your.saintleo.edu/donate/athletics, select 'other' as the Designation and put Griffin Clark.
SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo University men's golfer Griffin Clark, a member of the Lions' 2016 NCAA Division II national championship team, died Monday morning in a single-vehicle car accident in Chesterfield County, Va.
A sophomore criminal justice major at Saint Leo, Clark was 21 years old.
"This is tragic news for all of us in the Saint Leo family, and we join Griffin's parents and family in their sorrow," said Francis X. Reidy, Saint Leo's director of athletics.
"Just six weeks ago, Griffin was a part of one of the greatest moments in the history of Saint Leo Athletics. Those indelible images of Griffin celebrating a national championship at Green Valley Ranch with his teammates and his coach will now serve as a reminder of his spirit, his competitive drive, his enthusiasm and love for his sport. That's the memory of Griffin we will hold onto forever," said Reidy.
"We will provide all the support we can to his teammates, his friends, and his family as they confront their grief, both now and when our student-athletes return to campus."
Clark helped lead the Lions' men's golf team to the University's first national championship in May, when the team defeated Chico State 3-2 in medal-match play at the NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship in Denver, Colo. Clark was in the final pairing at the national championship, and sealed the victory by defeating his opponent, Kelley Sullivan of Chico State, by three strokes.
"Griffin was an outstanding young man. We were so blessed to have him be part of our Saint Leo family," Saint Leo men's head golf coach Chris Greenwood mentioned. "My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I have so many good moments with Griffin, but the one I will always remember is standing in the 18th fairway together the final day in Denver."
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