NYFB Foundation Golf Classic Takes a Blow from Mother Nature but Perseveres

NYFB Foundation Golf Classic Takes a Blow from Mother Nature but Perseveres

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

They say that the third time is a charm, and it was.  After two Classic dates that included flood conditions, Oct. 10 was a warm and sunny day wedged between some inclement weather.  The Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Cornell University in Ithaca was a busy place as players registered for the 17th annual NYFB Foundation Golf Classic and received a Foundation cooler bag  which is great for use when going to the store, a picnic, the field or … filled with two bottles of New York wine, a sampling of Hazlitt’s Cider Tree, a sleeve of balls, and a wonderful knit cap from Felco, donated by Amberg’s!

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 course, although quite wet was in excellent condition, 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 was 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, www.nyfbfoundation.org.

The tournament united golfers from across the state.  Those receiving prizes included the top two best team scores, 1st for the Blue Flight went to Team Porter and Red Flight to the Team Nationwide; 2nd for Blue Flight was won by the Team Hollamby Agency and Red Flight to the Farm Credit East Team; Closest to the Pin, Fran Palumbo/Team Porter; Closest to the Line, Bob Carson/Wickham’s Tango Oaks Farm Team; and our Putting Contest Winner, Bob Carson/Wickham’s Tango Oaks Farm Team.  The Most Honest Team was won by Melissa’s County Farm Bureau Presidents Team and the Top Farm Bureau Team was the Schuyler County Farm Bureau Team (represented by Wickham’s Farm 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, who donated their $155 winning back to the Foundation.

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

See photos from the Classic, below.


Listening to the rules


Amberg’s Team


The Cornell Cooperative Extension team is off and running


The Hazlitt Team


Lindsay, Fred & Chris Wickham and Ed Alling at Classic