Area farms, agribusinesses partnered to host farm-themed golf courses throughout the county.
Tim Reinhart, left, St. Clair County Farm Bureau Foundation program committee chairman, and St. Clair County Farm Bureau President Paul Beisiegel display hole No. 3 located on the Beisiegel family farm. The hole represented the county Farm Bureau’s 100th anniversary. (Photo by Linda Gladson, St. Clair County Farm Bureau)
By Cassie Luechtefeld
More than 200 golfers hit the barnyard links recently and raised more than $20,000 in the fourth annual St. Clair County Farm Bureau Foundation Barnyard Golf Open.
Ten farms and agribusinesses hosted the “golf course” in the Freeburg, Marissa, Lenzburg and New Athens corridor of the county. Each farm family and business created a hole with a unique theme in a machine shed.
Golfers traveled from farm to farm, with FFA chapters receiving financial incentives to encourage participation.
The participants had a great time, and the families who hosted the event enjoyed creating unique holes and chatting with those on the golf tour.
Fifty-eight corporate sponsors donated between $100 and $3,000 for raffle items and sponsored dinner at the conclusion of the event. A big thank you to Cargill for a $5,000 foundation donation.
The funding will help support expansion of the foundation’s scholarship program and the county Agriculture in the Classroom program.
Cassie Luechtefeld serves as assistant manager for St. Clair and Madison County Farm Bureaus.