Great Weather, Great Venue and Great Golfers!

18th Annual Classic raises funds to “Sow the Seeds of Understanding”

September 10th was a warm and sunny day at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Cornell University in Ithaca as more than one hundred players registered for the 18th annual NYFB Foundation Golf Classic and received a personally fitted (by Judi Whittaker) Wolfe golf glove, a Foundation thermos, a sleeve of golf balls courtesy of Melissa Mirabile UBS, two bottles of Hazlitt’s Cider Tree, and an opportunity for a foursome photo. 

The registration area was busy as our golfers enjoyed the putting contest preliminary rounds, grabbed a morning treat provided by Country Wagon Produce while meeting and greeting old and new friends, or warmed up at the driving range.  The golfing experience was totally delightful; the food plentiful, varied and delicious, the New York beverages of all types thirst-quenching, and the camaraderie and the courtesy of all who tended to the golfers’ needs during the full day was courteous and attentive, as all joined in a day of agricultural education support.

The Classic is the Foundation’s biggest fundraiser, supporting efforts to educate one and all about agriculture.  Our top tier sponsors included Amberg’s Nursery, Nationwide Insurance, Farm Credit East, Long Island Farm Bureau, Broome County Farm Bureau, Hazlitt’s Cider Tree and New York Farm Bureau Member Services. Hole #6 is dedicated to the memory of Lyle Wells, a tremendous supporter of all of agriculture who lost his life in a farm accident earlier this year.  The net proceeds from this event will be allocated to a variety of Foundation programs and projects.  A full listing of our many sponsors and donors is available on the Foundation website,  

The tournament united golfers from across the state.  Some of those receiving prizes included the top two best team scores, 1st for the Blue Flight went to Porter Agency Team and Red Flight to the Stalter Agency Team; 2nd for Blue Flight was won by the Nationwide Team and Red Flight to the Farm Credit East Team; our Putting Contest Winner after ten rounds was Matt Herod.  The Most Honest Team was won by Broome County Farm Bureau Team and the Top Farm Bureau Team was the Monroe County Farm Bureau Team who won a foursome of golfing including greens fees and carts which was donated Courtesy of the Robert Trent Jones Course. Skins went to the Porter Team and Amberg’s Nursery, who donated their winnings back to the Foundation.

Thank you so much to all of our sponsors and donors and, of course, the Golf Committee, who helped to make this Golf Classic a success!  Without their support, we would not be able to educate the public about the importance of agriculture in our daily lives.

Putting Contest Finalists who competed for ten rounds for the championship L-R: Bryan Bendixen (DFA); Loren Herod, Matt Herod (The Champion Putter) and Ryan Ferraro (the Ferraro Agency).