WAEF Golf Tournaments Raise $100,000

Wenatchee, WA… Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) golfers supported the good works of the tree fruit industry’s charity this month.  The first WAEF tournament took place in East Wenatchee at the Wenatchee Golf & Country Club on June 3rd.  The second tournament was on June 17th at the Apple Tree Golf Course in Yakima.  The tournament was sponsored by Wilbur Ellis and DuPont.  The events raised approximately $100,000 for scholarships and educational programs benefiting tree fruit industry families and students. 

Peter Verbrugge, tournament chairman for the Yakima tournament, added “It’s great to catch up with industry friends on the golf course.  The Foundation golf tournament gives us the opportunity to join together in support of the industry’s charity.  As one of the organization’s first board members, it also provides me an opportunity to reflect each year on how far we’ve come.”

Six teams took the top honors in the Wenatchee Tournament. The AgroFresh team of Greg Lyon, Walt Hough, Todd Fryhover and Ross Riedinger achieved low net bragging rights.  The Wilbur Ellis # 3 team of Dave Raby, Jay Goetzinger, Tim Baity and Ron Johnson came in 2nd place and the Key Bank team of Bart Gebers, Tate Mathison, Mike Taylor Sr. and Mike Taylor Jr. came in 3rd.  The DECCO team of Brandon Hobson, Mike Sandmann and Chad Christopherson was the Lowest Gross team with 2nd place going to the Dow AgroSciences team represented by Lee Gale, Aaron Gale, Neil Johnson and Greg McPherson.  3rd Place Low Gross team was the Yakima Pomological Club with players Jim Williams, Scott Jacky, Kailan Dunn and Bryan Riel.

Course contests at the Wenatchee tournament were sponsored by Bayer CropScience. Winners included: Alex Dietz- Closest to the Pin; Wayne Ricarte- Accurate Drive; Rachel Darlington- Women’s Long Drive; Brandon Hobson- Men’s Long Drive; and Bryan Riel- Longest Putt.  Greg Lyon was this year’s grand raffle prize winner of a Taylor Made SLDR S Driver and Fairway Metal sponsored by SmartFresh.  The Putting Contest was presented by Keyes Fibre Corporation on the putting green prior to the tournament.  Dean Benson was the putting contest champion. 

Top Place Low Net team at the Yakima tournament was Sage Fruit Company with players Steve Clement, Peter Verbrugge, Mike Van Pelt and Doug Hearron.  2nd Place Low Net went to the Syngenta team with players Mike Sandmann, Ken Borello, Doug Gibson and Doug Snipes.  The Strand Apples sponsored team came in 3rd Place Low Net with players Gail Brown, Dick Brown, TJ Huffman and Doug Mills.  Low gross honors were captured by the team of Darrin Belton, Caleb Belton, Shawn Phelps and Derrick Phelps sponsored by Wilbur Ellis.  2nd Place Low Gross also went to the third Wilbur Ellis team with players Ron Wyles, Bill Adkins and Paul Cobbleigh.  The DuPont team of Mike Doerr, Terry McEntire, Gary Herndon and Greg Simonson came in 3rd place Low Gross.   

ProNatural presented the Yakima tournament course contests. Winners included: Dan Snipes- Closest to the Pin; Doug Snipes-Accurate Drive; JeDean Corpron- Women’s Long Drive; Derrick Phelts- Men’s Long Drive and Brian Sandlin- Longest Putt.  DECCO sponsored the tournament’s grand raffle prize which was a set of Callaway Hot X Irons won by Josh Gooler.

ARMtech Insurance services was the sponsor of the pre-tournament Putting Challenge, won by Kyle Gannon.

Tournament sponsors for the Wenatchee tournament included: Wilbur Ellis Company and DuPont- presenting sponsors; Fine Americas- banquet sponsor; RCIS- cart sponsor; BASF- lunch sponsor; Bayer CropScience- course contest sponsor; Rain & Hail LLC- beverage sponsor; RaboBank Agrifinance- driving range sponsor; SmartFresh- raffle sponsor; Keyes Fibre Corporation-putting contest sponsor and C&S Orchards- hole in one sponsor. Both hole and team sponsors were Bank of the West, DECCO-US Post-Harvest Inc, Gebbers Farms, International Paper, Key Bank, Michelsen Packaging Company, Northwest Farm Credit Insurance Services, Pace International, ProAg, Sinclair Systems, Valley Tractor, Washington State Horticultural Association and Wells Fargo Insurance Services.  Hole sponsors were: Antles Pollen Supply, Banner Bank, Blue Bird, Chelan Fresh Marketing, Chelan Fruit, Compu-Tech, Confluence Health, Excel Fruit Brokerage, G.G. Richardson, Kibble & Prentice, McDougall & Sons, Moss Adams LLP, Northwest Farm Credit Services, Papè Material Handling, Price Cold Storage, Syngenta and The Confluence Group at D.A. Davidson.  Team sponsors were: CMI, Dow AgroSciences, Sage Fruit Company, Tree Top and the Yakima Pomological Club.

Sponsors for the Yakima Golf Tournament included: Wilbur Ellis Company and DuPont- presenting sponsors; Fine Americas- banquet sponsor; SmartFresh- cart sponsor; Michelsen Packaging Company- lunch sponsor; ProNatural-course contest sponsor; Allan Brothers- beverage sponsor; ARMtech Insurance Services- putting contest sponsor; RaboBank Agrifinance- driving range sponsor; DECCO- raffle sponsor; Syngenta-caddy pak sponsor and Kibble and Prentice- hole in one sponsor.  Sponsoring both a hole and a team for this tournament were Burrows Tractor, CPC International, First Fruits Marketing, HR Spinner, International Paper, Kershaw Companies, Larson Fruit, Northwest Farm Credit Insurance Services, Northwest Farm Credit Services, Pace International, Sage Fruit Company, Sinclair Systems, Wells Fargo Insurance Services and Yakima Valley Growers-Shippers.  Hole sponsors were: Antles Pollen Supply, Banner Bank, Columbia Valley Fruit, Douglas Fruit, Dow AgroSciences, Excel Fruit Brokerage, Key Bank, Kibble & Prentice, Moss Adams LLP, Papè Material Handling, Price Cold Storage, ProAg, Syngenta, V.K. Powell Construction and Washington Fruit & Produce.  Team sponsors were: Keyes Fibre Corporation, Michelsen Packaging Company, Oneonta Trading Corporation, Rowe Farms, Strand Apples, Sunfair Marketing, Tree Top and the Yakima Pomological Club.

            The Washington Apple Education Foundation is the charity of the tree fruit industry.  Our mission is to impact the lives through access to educational opportunities.  For more information, please call (509) 663-7713 or visit www.waef.org.