Beef Bucks hosts 9th annual golf tournament in Brandon
In 1997, a group of ranchers got together with one goal in mind – help consumers purchase beef. And, they have achieved that goal with the inception of Beef Bucks, Inc., which has helped move tens of thousands of pounds of beef to consumers in more than 40 states.
On Aug. 19, Beef Bucks, Inc. hosted its ninth annual Golf Challenge in Brandon, SD, with 48 teams totaling 192 golfers representing producers, processors, wholesalers, retailers and consumers all competing for top prizes.
Kicking off the tournament was a putting contest, sponsored by Fenske Cattle Company of Woonsocket. Robert Korn of Rural Manufacturing in Freeman was the champion in this shotgun contest. Immediately following was a hole-in-one competition, sponsored by Prostrollo’s All-American Auto Mall in Madison. Prizes were awarded in four flights. First place winners were Millborn Seeds of Brookings; Rural Manufacturing of Freeman; The First National Bank in Sioux Falls; and South Dakota State University (SDSU) College of Ag and Bio in Brookings.
The tournament helps to raise money for the Beef Bucks program and scholarship fund. Andy Armadillo from Texas Roadhouse passed out peanuts to the players throughout the event, riding in a Gator provided by John Deere. Omaha Steaks and the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Auxiliary donated beef sticks for each golfer, as well. The RFD-TV bus also made an appearance, with representatives competing in the tournament, and Col. Jon Phillips broadcast his “Price Discovery Report” live from the golf course.
The event concluded with a 16-oz. ribeye steak supper, compliments of National Beef and prepared by Uncle Ed’s catering in Sioux Falls. Immediately following the meal was a fundraising auction with various items donated by Henry Rifle Company, John Deere, Tyson Foods, Jack Daniels, JBS, BEEF Magazine, Coor’s and Miller Lite, SDSU, Emery Kleven, the South Dakota Lottery and professional athletes. Door prizes were also handed out courtesy of American Food Group, Northern Livestock Video Auction, Omaha Steaks and Trav’s Outfitter and Ariat Boot Company.
“The Beef Bucks program has helped to move more than $2-billion in beef across the country,” said JoAnne Hillman, a Beef Bucks, Inc. board of director volunteer member at the evening supper. “Dollars raised help to provide scholarships, assist at industry events and promote our program.
Beef Bucks are prepaid checks in $5, $10 and $20 denominations that can purchase beef anywhere in the U.S. Visa debit cards ranging from $25-$500 are also available. It costs $4 to activate the debit card and $2 to reload. Beef Bucks, Inc. doesn’t have affiliations with industry groups, and no beef checkoff dollars are used. This is a grassroots non-profit group committed to helping grow beef demand in the U.S.
Each year Beef Bucks, Inc. provides at least one scholarship to an individual attending post-secondary education (including non-traditional students who decide to get more schooling). They also pay up to 20 scholarships for SDSU’s BEEF 2020 program held each January.
“Plans are already underway for the 2012 tenth annual Beef Bucks Golf Challenge to be held in Brandon, SD on Aug. 17,” said Nancy Montross. “We appreciate the support of the sponsors, golfers and fans of the Beef Bucks program. We are a grassroots organization, and our focus is to sell beef. This event helps us do just that.”
editor’s note: to support this organization, visit http://beefbucks.org, or call 1-888-640-meat.
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