After a delay of a week, the scholarship and research outing was held on May 30th at Silo Ridge and Country Club. Despite the delay, and a few teams not being able to play, due to the date change, the day was a great success.
The day started with registration and lunch. I believe new this year was enchiladas added to the Mexican buffet, well they were certainly new on my plate.
As we gathered for our instructions before heading out on the course, President Sam Richart thanked everyone for coming and recognized our 2018-19 scholarship winners. The Karl Anderson Legacy award went to Ms. Haley Johnson, daughter of Steve Johnson, CGCS, the golf course superintendent, (and a past president of the OTA), at Payne’s Valley, Big-Cedar Lodge in Branson. She is attending Mississippi State. Our other scholarship winner was Mr. Caleb Kerr, a staff member at Fremont Hills, where Sam is the golf course superintendent. He finished his school year earning a 4.0 GPA at Missouri State.
The winning team despite missing their captain, host superintendent Ronnie Harman, the Silo Ridge I team took advantage of local knowledge and fired a winning score of 53, (either that or they skipped a hole?). In second place was the team from Gold Partner, Precision Turf, who shot a 56. In third place was Gold Partner, Professional Turf Products with a score of 60. In first flight, the winning team was Osage National with a score of 64. Second place in that flight was Gold Partner VanWall, with a score of 65. In third place, was The Andersons fertilizer, with a score of 66.
Prizes were being handed out fast and furiously, so I don’t have a list of the closest to the pin winners, but, besides the gift cards they received, Paul Carlson from Syngenta donated tickets to a St. Louis Cardinals game, which was won by Woodland Hills Golf Course superintendent, Jon Kindlesparger.
Also this year we had sponsor recognition prizes, which didn’t require any golfing skills. Our hole sponsors gave out $20 gift cards via drawing of raffle tickets. The following sponsors were, Professional Turf Products, Precision Turf, GreensPro, Bayer, VanWall Golf, Knox Fertilizer, Clear Creek Vehicles/Club Car, BASF, Kansas Golf and Turf, Syngenta, The Andersons, Midwest Turf and two gift cards sponsored by NuFarm. A total of $1,600.00 of prizes were handed out. While the final accounting is still to be done, it looks like just over $4,100 dollars were raised through the event, which will cover next year’s scholarship recipients. Thanks to all the participants who made this possible.
Also we would like to recognize and thank BASF, who with their sponsorship of a team in the Scholarship and Research Event, have now become a Gold Partner.
Another big shout out to Superintendent Ronnie Harman, his assistant Shawn Hoffman, their crew, along with Bryan Daniels, Jake Mann and the Pro Shop staff, and with Don Stidham and the restaurant staff, also Kayla, who kept us well hydrated both on the course and back at the bar. Their efforts make this a successful event every year.
Hope to see everyone out next year!