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Golfers Raise Over $76,000 for Missouri 4-H
Missouri Ag Connection - 06/29/2022

Golfers returned to the green in support of Missouri 4-H youths for the 12th annual 4-H Clover Classic Golf Tournament at the A.L. Gustin Golf Course in Columbia.

Co-presenting sponsors were Climate Field View and Great American Insurance-Crop Division. "The generosity of our partners and friends is incredible," said Rachel Augustine, director of the Missouri 4-H Foundation. "Together we raised more than $76,000 for Missouri 4-H, a record for the tournament. Thirty-three teams joined us in support of the University of Missouri Extension 4-H Youth Development Program."

Tournament chair Bob Idel and Marshall Stewart, MU vice chancellor for extension and engagement, thanked players for their ongoing support of youths in Missouri before challenging teams to have fun on the golf course.

The Bob Idel Championship Cup for first place was presented to the team of Bob Hutton, Butch Turner, Don Steele and Roger Wilson. Awards for the second place Championship Flight went to the American Outdoor Brands team of Chad Glascock, Cale Johanning, William Martin and Doug Brown.

First place A Flight went to the Central Crop Insurance team of Adam Stanberry, Kirt Kleindienst, Bart South and Matt Suhr. Second place A Flight went to the Missouri State Fair team of Mark Wolfe, Richard Fordyce, Tony Benz and Loyd Wilson.

First place B Flight went to the MFA Inc. No. 2 team of Craig Poppinga, Denise Kloeppel, Jason George and Stephanie Shoemaker. Second place B Flight went to the SMC team of Ryan Niemeyer, Scott Niemeyer, Earl Niemeyer and Justin Edmond.

The Missouri Cattlemen's Association and Beet Box provided lunch, which was prepared by Don Nikodim of the Missouri Pork Association and Mike Deering of the Missouri Cattlemen's Association. Fechtel Beverage & Sales was the beverage sponsor.

Foursomes teed off under the banner of hat sponsor FCS Financial. Margaritaville was hosted and sponsored by FCS Financial Crop Insurance.

Platinum sponsors included MFA Inc., Missouri Soybean Association and Sydenstricker Nobbe Partners.

Gold sponsors included Boone Electric Cooperative; Kelli Jo and Kyle Buettner; Central Crop Insurance; Central Missouri AGRIService; MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; Missouri Corn Growers Association; Missouri Farm Bureau; Missouri Pork Association; Ray-Carroll County Grain Growers; Sparks Maintenance Contracting of Bowling Green; George Thomas; and Vivayic.

Silver sponsors included AGRIServices of Brunswick; American Outdoor Brands; CAFNR Alumni Association; Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Co. of Iowa; Farmers National Co./Clayton Becker; Fordyce Farms/Richard and Renee Fordyce; Mark and Mary Goth; Heimer & Associates; Quincy, Henderson Implement of Columbia; Bud Hertzog; Joan and John Hickman; Lyle and Velma Houts Family; Bob and Pam Idel; Marla J. Tobin, MD; RIBUS; Bill Riggins; Rosebud Tractor and Equipment; Syngenta Crop Protection; Ernie Verslues; Washington Animal Medical/Hunt Tainter, DVM; and Wheeler Auctions & Real Estate of Paris.

Hole and Team sponsors included Advanced Diesel & Auto Repair of Montgomery City; AgDirect of Butler; AgriThority/Jerry and Mary Jane Duff of Kansas City; Art's Pest Control of Jefferson City; Audsley Family Farms of Columbia; Rachel, Adam and Alex Augustine; David Baker and Robin Walker (two hole sponsorships); Bohon Sleep & TMJ Therapy/Richard Bohon of Columbia; Keith and Ruth Ann Boyer; Kellie Bray and Kristie Bray-Larson; Brundage Environment Law of Jefferson City; Busy Bee 4-H Golf Club; Chastity A. Menz, CPA, of Owensville; Coleman Appliance; Commerce Bank; Copenhaver Farms of Hallsville; Tom and Deniece Cox of Springfield; Edward Jones/Joe Eaddy of Columbia; Edward Jones/Bill Fretwell of Columbia; Edward Jones/JD Manning of Clinton; Edward Jones/Matt Peiter of Boonville; Edward Jones/David Reid of Higginsville; Edward Jones/Lance Reynolds of Boonville; Enterprise Bank & Trust; Exchange Bank of Missouri; Ben Gallup; Kate Greco; Farm Credit Southeast Missouri; David and Patty Fischer; Hall Turf of Liberty; Jordan and Breanne Harmon; Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer of Columbia; Dana and Clay Haynes; Heritage Tractor of Baldwin City; David and Linda Janish; Langdon & Emission of Lexington; Kevin and Carol Langford; Law Offices of Haden & Colbert; Luecke's Roofing of Freeburg; Brock Lutz; McCord & Co. Meats of California; Jim Meyer; MFA Oil; Midwest Dairy; Midwest Trust/FCI Advisors of Kansas City; Missouri Department of Conservation/Greg Collier; Missouri Egg Council; Missouri Eye Consultants of Columbia; Missouri Southern Seeds of Rolla; Missouri State Fair/Mark Wolfe; MO-AG/Steve Taylor; MU Extension Land-Grant Society; Niendick Cattle & Grain of Wellington; Noah's Ark Veterinary Service of Mountain Grove; Jim Ollar; Diane Olson; Osage Seed & Chemical of Linn; Perry Ag Lab of Bowling Green; The Poultry Federation; Prairie Farms-Central Dairy Division; Rain and Hail; Republic Foods/Dale Ludwig; Rodeo Goat Ranch of Wildwood; State Representative Bruce Sassmann; John and Jeannie Saunders; Swift and Co. Realty of Osage Beach; Three Rivers Electric Cooperative; Sharon and Kent Topliff; United Country Land and Lake Properties of Rhineland; Roger Wilson; Wrye Farms of Mexico; and Brad and Lauren Zobrist/Pepsi-Cola of New Haven.

Players won cash and/or prizes donated by 1canoe2 of Fulton; A. L. Gustin Golf Course of Columbia; American Outdoors Brands; Rachel Augustine; Jim and Kathy Berger; Curt and Betsy Blades; Casey Buckman Photography; Casey's; Crader Distributing Co./STIHL Dealers; Crop Insurance Solutions; Richard DeShon; Dogmaster Distillery of Columbia; F&H Food Equipment Co. of Springfield; Joan Fahrmeier, Fahrmeier Farms and U-Pick Berry Patch of Lexington; Hair Unlimited/Rob Eichelberger of Columbia; Wendy and Brock Hall; Dennis and Machelle Henks; Kansas City Chiefs; Krooked Moon Distillery of Owensville; Land O' Lakes Inc./Purina Animal Nutrition; Lane Building Products Inc. of Owensville; Lisa and Craig Lehman; McCord & Co. Meats of California; Missouri Grown; Missouri Wine and Grape Board; MU School of Health Professions; Paradise Point Golf Course of Smithville; Plume of Columbia; Shirkey Golf Course of Richmond; Shoal Creek Golf Course of Kansas City; Silver Dollar City; St. Louis Cardinals; Leah Stotts; The Blufftop at Rocheport/Les Bourgeois Vineyards; University of Missouri President's Office; Douglas and Jeanne Westhues; White Mule Winery of Owensville; and Chris Willow.

The Clover Classic committee was led by chair Bob Idel and included Rachel Augustine, Baylee Ausbury, Dana Brown-Haynes, Kelli Jo Buettner, Wendy Hall, Brad McCord, Don Nikodim, Leah Stotts, Ernie Verslues and Chris Willow.


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