COLUMBIA, Mo.– Golfers competed for charity at the fifth annual Missouri 4-H Foundation Clover Classic Golf Tournament, held June 3 at A. L. Gustin Golf Course in Columbia. Co-presenting sponsors were Monsanto and Great American Insurance Group-Crop Division.
“We are thrilled with the great support shown by our 4-H Foundation friends and partners for the Clover Classic Golf Tournament. Everyone had a great time while raising funds in support of the MU Extension 4-H Youth Development program, and we look forward to next year’s tournament,” said Cheryl Reams, Missouri 4-H Foundation executive director.
John Raines, co-chair and ambassador for Monsanto, welcomed players and introduced special guest, Richard Fordyce, director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Fordyce spoke about the importance of youth agricultural education, highlighting the Missouri 4-H program, before challenging players to compete on behalf of Missouri 4-H youth. Teams from across the state met and exceeded the goal, raising nearly $25,000 for Missouri 4-H programs. Prizewinners of the Championship Flight were “Team 21” and “Agricultural and Applied Economics.” A-Flight winners were “4-H Director’s Team” and “CenturyLink.”
Foursomes teed off under the banner of hat sponsor Osborn Barr.
Clover Classic Platinum Sponsors were FCS Financial; Rain and Hail, LLC; and Tom and Sandy Henderson.
Premium Sponsors included DuPont Pioneer, Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Co. of Iowa, MFA Inc., 4-H director Ina Linville, Kay Sparks and George Thomas.
Players enjoyed a luncheon courtesy of Missouri Pork Association, Jack’s Gourmet Restaurant, Hy-Vee, Lutz’s Famous BBQ, and MFA-Break Time. N. H. Scheppers Distributing Co. was the beverage sponsor.
Hole and Team Sponsors included Brighton Agency, Brownfield Ag News, CF Industries, Crop Insurance Team/FCS Financial, Bill and Betty Crouch, DTN/The Progressive Farmer, Edward Jones/David A. Reid, Darrell and Nelda Godfrey, Olive Graham in memory of Frank Graham, Heimer and Associates Inc., Robert E. “Bud” Hertzog, DVM, Joan Hickman, Bob and Pam Idel, Patricia Koenigsfeld, Carol and Kevin Langford, 4-H director Ina Linville, Brock and Nancy Lutz, Midwest Dairy Association, Missouri Agribusiness Association, Missouri Beef Industry Council/Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, Missouri Corn Growers Association, Missouri Farm Bureau Federation, Missouri Geographic Alliance, Missouri Pork Association, Missouri Ruralist/Farm Progress, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, Diane Olson, Ozark Mountain Popcorn, Pioneer/Stephen G. Morfeld, Paul Rainsberger, the Reams Family, Linda Scorse, DVM, Starline Brass Inc., and Marla Tobin, MD.
Players won cash and prizes donated by A. L. Gustin Golf Course, AgriMissouri, Branson/Lakes Area CVB, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Les Bourgeois Vineyards, Missouri Farm Bureau Federation, Missouri State Fair, Pro Am Golf, PRP Wine International, School House Bed and Breakfast, St. Louis Cardinals, University Garage, Wal-Mart Associates of Columbia, and White Mule Winery and Bed and Breakfast.
The Clover Classic committee was led by co-chairs Bob Idel and John Raines, and included Rachel Augustine, Bill Crouch, Tom Henderson, Jerilyn Johnson, Patricia Koenigsfeld, Cheryl Reams, Kay Sparks, George Thomas and Marla Tobin, MD.