Beef Bucks hosts golf challenge |

Beef Bucks hosts golf challenge

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.

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.

Beef Bucks are pre-paid checks in the amounts of $5, $10, and $20 that can be used to purchase beef or beef meals nationwide from restaurants, retail meat markets, grocery stores and home delivery services. Beef Bucks are also available on a Visa debit card. This debit card is loadable from $25 to $500 and is valid anywhere Visa is accepted.

Begun in 1997, with $500 in its account, the Beef Bucks program has now surpassed the $1 million mark in sales. “The Beef Bucks Visa card has really taken off,” said Hillman. “People are buying more practical gifts, and the Visa card is a convenient gift solution for weddings, showers, or special occasions.”

In addition to Hillman, other Beef Bucks board members include Eileen Moller, Bob and Nancy Montross, Judy Blindauer, Raymond Kontz, Delina Nagel and Jim Woster.

For more information about the Beef Bucks Program, or to order Beef Bucks, call 888-640-MEAT, or go to