2016 WAEF Golf Tournament Wenatchee: How did the teams handle the heat?
It was a sweltering day on the golf course as the Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) hosted its first of two annual golf tournaments, sponsored by Wilbur-Ellis and DuPont, in East Wenatchee this past Tuesday, June 7th. Over 120 players gathered at the Wenatchee Golf and Country Club to support the good works of the tree fruit industry's charity and participate in a rousing team tournament and many contests along the way. All were in good spirits, filled with an equal amount of competitiveness and sportsmanship, but most importantly, all participants were huge contributors to the support and success of the tournament, the foundation and its scholarship students.
The day kicked off at 10AM with registration, registration bags, sponsored by Aweta Autoline Inc., were filled with treats and duo functioning water bottle and misters from WAEF. Friendly greetings and chatter took place over lunch at 11AM, sponsored by Chubb Agrobusiness. Keyes Fibre Corporation sponsored an exciting Putting contest on the putting green prior to tournament start (winner Jessie Woodward).
Golfers headed to their carts, sponsored by RCIS, at 11:45 in a four person team scramble format. On course contests, sponsored by Bayer CropSciences were offered at select holes including; Beat the Pro (winner Steve Clive), Closest to the pin (winner Tyler McDougall), Longest putt (winner Greg Brandhorst), Accurate drive (winner Jessie Woodward), Men's long drive (winner Adam Pierce), Women's long drive (Rachel Darlington) and a hole in one contest, sponsored by C&S Orchards. Beverage carts were stationed around the course, sponsored by Ozone International, and provided players with drinks to refuel and beat the intense heat! By just about 5PM golfers made their way into the banquet room for dinner, sponsored by Key Bank, drinks, and more! Paul Newman of Paul Newman Auctions hosted an entertaining and successful live auction, highlights included the sought after and headlining prize of four Seahawks tickets among other great items. Golfers also participated in a raffle, sponsored by SmartFresh with grand prize Taylor Made M1 driver, as well as a STIHL blower and many other exciting items.
The winning teams of the tournament were:
1. Dow AgroSciences (Neil Johnson, Lee Gale, Aaron Gale, and Greg McPherson)
2. Northwest Farm Credit Services (Tom Howard, Bryan Brock, Scott McDougall, and Tyler McDougall)
3. ProAg (Jim Lapointe, Josh Easly-Cates, Mike Bourn, and Coron Polley)
1. Decco-US Post-Harvest Inc. (Josh Gooler, Todd Sund, Tom Schenkel, and Taylor Denny)
2. Rabo Agrifinance (Charles McElligott, Greg Brandhorst, Tory Wulf, and Tim Taylor)
3. DuPont (Greg Simonson, Kevin Cochran, Tyler Barnes, and Ron Heath)
Thank you to all the participants who came to spend the day supporting WAEF! Thank you to the volunteers who helped make the event run smoothly! Thank you to all the sponsors, your support continues to take WAEF to new levels of achievement.
Here are the list of sponsors not yet mentioned in this article:
CMI, Dow AgroSciences, Gebbers Farms, Michelsen Packaging Company, Sage Fruit Company, Sinclair Systems, Tree Top Inc., Valley Tractor, Washington State Tree Fruit Association, DECCO-US Post-Harvest, Inc., Washington Trust Bank, Moss Adams LLP, Price Cold Storage, Banner Bank, Chelan Fresh Marketing, Chelan Fruit, Excel Fruit Brokerage, International Paper, Northwest Farm Credit Insurance Services, Northwest Farm Credit Services, ProAg, Yakima Pomological Club, Syngenta, McDougall & Sons, Antles Pollen Supply, Superior Fruit Equipment, Blue Bird, Washington Cherry Growers, Pace International, Lexar Homes, USI Kibble & Prentice, Hurst International, and Rabo Agrifinance.
We hope your day was as good as ours! This event wouldn't have been possible without each and every person involved! The second tournament is to be held July 14th at the Apple Tree Resort in Yakima.