Bob Walker, one of the owners of Rolling Green Fairways brought out a few of his antique tractors including this old John Deere 830 Diesel for the Farm & Ranch Charity Golf Tournament on July 27. GOEFF LEE LSS PHOTO
Make hay while the sun shines.
That’s how an inaugural farm-themed golf tournament at Rolling Green Fairways worked out for players, organizers and charities.
“We’ve got tons of support from people in the community for it; it’s been really good,” said Rolling Green general manager, Heather Walker.
Approximately $13,300 was raised during the first annual Agland/Tingley’s Farm & Ranch Charity Golf Tournament, played under hot sunny skies on July 27.
It was a benefit event with $12,156.02 of proceeds going to the Lloydminster Rescue Squad, Pioneer House and The Olive Tree.
In addition, 50/50 tickets were sold by Coca’s Promise, a local animal rescue group, that raised more than $1,100 for veterinary care of animals.
The winning draw ticket was held by Trevor Leighton.
There were plenty of other contests, including a putt-to-win a TV that was claimed by Bill Caverly.
Bill Carr won a new set of Callaway golf irons in another draw, with net proceeds going to charity.
Extra draw tickets were earned for those who beat pro Jeff Graham in a closest to the pin contest on the 12th hole, one of many proximity prize holes.
No one won either of the two $10,000 hole-in-one prizes, but everyone had fun for good causes.
“We are very thrilled with the results and positive feedback we have had from the community, with it’s amazing sponsors and participants, as well as all the volunteers and staff that made this all possible,” said Walker.
“We are excited to get everything finalized and present the funds to the various charities.”
The 18-hole four man scramble drew 152 players and 240 people for the banquet, silent auction, and entertainment by comedian Kelly Taylor.
One of the golfers was Lynda Campbell with the Valley C farm ladies’ team, who came to support the charities and the efforts of the title sponsors with the farm-based theme she liked.
“It brings out the farm and ranch community that we haven’t seen for awhile,” she said.
“My husband is a farmer north of Lloydminster and does business with both of these fine sponsors, so we’re happy to support their efforts.”
Walker said the event was planned last spring with the idea for Rolling Green to help celebrate agriculture in our community with Agland and Tingley’s Harvest Centre hopping aboard as the two other title sponsors.
“Everything is so often oil based, but ag and farming is a huge part of our community, and this gives our local companies a chance to showcase themselves and what they have to offer,” said Walker.
Joey Stephan, co-owner of Guardian Plumbing and heating, spoke about the theme before picking up his swag bag with his fellow players from Synergy Credit Union.
“Farmers do a lot in our community and they keep everything running, so it’s a great event,” he said.
Heather’s father in-law, Bob Walker, the man who built the Rolling Green Fairways and RV Park, got into the theme by displaying some of his antique tractors near the clubhouse, including a vintage John Deere 830 diesel.
“It’s one when I was 10 years old I drooled over it to drive,” he said.
“Now I have one, and I can drive it.”
Walker hopes the tournament will become an annual event, although he joked farmers can’t golf.
The tournament was well supported by the agricultural business community that supplies fertilizer and equipment to Rolling Green, including tractors and mowers.
The event was timed for a seasonal slow point in the farming community with a sponsorship plan that drew a lot of players and support from businesses.
Rolling Green offered all 18 hole sponsors the opportunity to have a team entry included with their sponsorship.
“So that put it in their hands to invite customers, clients, friends, employees, so we have a huge mishmash of people from the ag community and the business community,” said Walker wearing her public relations cap.
“That took care of about half the players right there, and from there it was just people from the industry that wanted to come.”
Booking comedian Kelly Taylor was another selling point.
“People in Lloyd know who he is and how funny he is, so we are excited to have him come,” she said.
Tickets were also available for the banquet at just $40, including a prime rib meal, the entertainment by Taylor, and a silent auction.