Yakima Golf Tournament Raises $80,000

Golf Tournament Raises $80,000 for the Washington Apple Education Foundation

Yakima, WA… Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) golfers supported the good works of the tree fruit industry’s charity last Thursday at the second WAEF golf tournament of the summer at the Apple Tree Golf Course in Yakima.  The tournament was sponsored by Wilbur Ellis and DuPont. 

Tournament Chair Peter Verbrugge shared, “Support for WAEF communicates the industry’s commitment to helping students achieve their dreams. This year’s tournament was another success, well-supported by golfers and sponsors.”  “We had a fun day on and off the course supporting our students.  It’s true the industry cares about kids in our communities.”

Top Place Low Net team at the Yakima tournament was Pace International with players Alex Podruzny, Mike Blake, Richard Kim and Don Gibson.  2nd Place Low Net went to the DuPont with players Mike Doerr, Chris Nobbs, Terry McEntire and Jay Castle.  The DECCO sponsored team came in 3rd Place Low Net with players Josh Gooler, Tommy Hanses, Jake Rhoads and Jerry Schribner.  Low gross honors were captured by the team of Tyler Fischer, Shane May, Michael Saunders and Ted Kozikowski sponsored by Keyes Fibre.  2nd Place Low Gross went to the Wells Fargo Insurance team with players Martin Ramos, Danny Lamberton, Bob Conroy and Jon Karcz.   The First Fruits Marketing team of Joe Cozzetto, Robbin Erickson, Justin Boss and Mark Blore came in 3rd place Low Gross.   

ProNatural presented the course contests. Winners included: Tyler Fischer- Closest to the Pin; Pete Sackett-Accurate Drive; Heidi Morris- Women’s Long Drive; Aaron Gale- Men’s Long Drive and Randy Valicoff- Longest Putt.  DECCO sponsored the tournament’s grand raffle prize which was a 915 Titleist Driver and three Vokey Wedges won by Dennis Bigness.

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

Sponsors for the Yakima Golf Tournament included: Wilbur Ellis Company and DuPont- presenting sponsors; Key Bank- 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 and Kibble and Prentice- hole in one sponsor.  Sponsoring both a hole and a team for this tournament were First Fruits Marketing, HR Spinner, Michelsen Packaging Company, Dow AgroSciences, Burrows Tractor, CPC International Apple Company, Gilbert Orchards, International Paper, Larson Fruit, Northwest Farm Credit Insurance Services, Northwest Farm Credit Services, Pace International, Sage Fruit Company, Sinclair Systems, Wells Fargo Insurance Services and Washington State Tree Fruit Association.  Hole sponsors were: Antles Pollen Supply, Banner Bank, Columbia Valley Fruit, Excel Fruit Brokerage, Moss Adams LLP, Papè Material Handling, Price Cold Storage, ProAg, RCIS, Syngenta, V.K. Powell Construction, Volm Companies and Washington Fruit & Produce.  Team sponsors were: Keyes Fibre Corporation, Rowe Farms, Strand Apples, Tree Top Inc. and 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.