For the seventh straight year, people with a connection to the beef industry grabbed their golf clubs for a good-hearted competition. Approximately 180 golfers participated in the Beef Bucks’ Golf Challenge August 21 at the Brandon Golf Course.
“We had 45 teams, the most ever, golfing this year,” said Beef Bucks’ Board President JoAnne Hillman. “We didn’t know what to expect in this down economy, but the support has been fabulous.” She adds that there was a waiting list this year of people wanting to play.
That support also included 20 hole sponsors, a big increase from the first tournament back in 2002, when nine businesses or organizations stepped up to the plate. Other businesses donated door prizes and items for a live auction held in the evening following a 16-oz. ribeye steak dinner.
At the auction, top-dollar items included $1,000 in certificates from the John Deere Company, a Jack Daniel’s whiskey barrel, a framed Western print from Five Rivers Feedlot, a Miller Lite bar refrigerator and a Minnesota Twins’ Denard Span-autographed bat.
Winners of the Beef Bucks Golf Challenge were: Championship Flight—Dakota Heritage State Bank (first), Howard Cold Storage (second), Sioux Falls Regional Livestock (third); First Flight—Mustang Seeds (first), Dow Agro Sciences (second), Prostrollo All American Auto Mall (third); Second Flight—David Stene Commodities (first), Cortrust Bank (second), Farmers’ Coop Elevator Beresford (third); Third Flight—Pizza Ranch (first), CHS Value Added (second), CHS Nutrition (third). Carroll Hansen of Watertown and Tim Schoepp of Dell Rapids tied for first place in the Putting Contest.
Major sponsors of the 7th Annual Golf Challenge were: Tyson Fresh Meats, Fenske Cattle Company, Prostrollo’s All-American Auto Mall, Col. Jon Phillips and his Price Discovery Report, John Deere Company, Prairie Ag Partners, and Caliber Creative. In addition, Andy Armadillo® of the Texas Roadhouse restaurant chain dropped by the tournament.
Dollars from the Golf Challenge go to sustain Beef Bucks, a program run by a volunteer board with ties to the beef industry and focused on increasing beef sales and promoting the beef industry. Funds raised also support the Beef Bucks Scholarship, given annually to South Dakota residents with a tie to the beef industry and intent on attending either a four-year or vocational college. In 2009, a $1,000 and $750 scholarship were given to two students.