Tournament marks a decade of support.

  • Winners of the 2019 Bob Idel Championship Cup were, from left, David Heath, Jon Bishop, Phil Fancher and Terry Whitney.
    Winners of the 2019 Bob Idel Championship Cup were, from left, David Heath, Jon Bishop, Phil Fancher and Terry Whitney.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Golfers once again teed off in support of Missouri 4-H youth June 4 at the 10th annual Clover Classic Golf Tournament in Columbia. The event raised $48,000 for University of Missouri Extension’s 4-H Center for Youth Development. Presenting sponsors were The Climate Corp., a subsidiary of Bayer; and Great American Insurance-Crop Division.

“We are so honored by the incredible support of our sponsors, players and volunteers,” said Rachel Augustine, director of the Missouri 4-H Foundation. “Since 2009 the 4-H Clover Classic Golf Tournament has raised over $320,000. This support helps us fulfill our mission to maximize 4-H youth development opportunities and empower young people in every county of the state to learn by doing and become the leaders of tomorrow.”

Tournament co-chair Bob Idel and University of Missouri System President Mun Choi welcomed players, thanked everyone for their ongoing support and challenged teams to have fun on the golf course while supporting Missouri 4-H youth.

For the first time, the Bob Idel Championship Cup was presented in recognition of Idel’s continual support of the event as the tournament co-chair. “His hard work and dedication truly fuels the spirit of this event year after year in support of youth in agriculture,” Augustine said.

Awards for the first place Championship Flight went to the team of Jon Bishop, Phil Fancher, Dave Heath and Terry Whitney, who played in memory of Don Fancher, former MU vice provost for extension.

Foursomes teed off under the banner of hat sponsor FCS Financial.

Platinum sponsors included FCS Financial, MFA Inc. and the Missouri Soybean Association.

Gold sponsors included Kelli Jo and Kyle Buettner, Crop Risk Services, MFA Crop Insurance, Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri Pork Association, Syngenta, Sydenstricker John Deere and Vivayic Inc.

Silver Sponsors included Agrithority LLC, Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa, Lyle Houts Family, Bob and Pam Idel, the MU Office of Extension and Engagement, Missouri Department of Conservation, George Thomas, and Marla J. Tobin, MD.

Players enjoyed lunch provided and prepared by the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, Fechtel Beverage and Sales Inc., and Beet Box.

Hole and team sponsors included 1canoe2; Advanced Diesel & Auto Repair; Audsley & Associates LLC; Rachel, Adam, and Alex Augustine; David Baker and Robin Walker; Bohl Family Enterprises; Keith and Ruth Ann Boyer; Brammer Family; Brockturf; Morris Burger; Mark and Suzanne Cadle; Central Crop Insurance; CFM Insurance; Chastity A. Menz, CPA LLC; Chigger Creek Wood Products; Crop Insurance Solutions; Edward Jones financial adviser David A. Reid; Edward Jones financial adviser Matt Peiter; Epperson Family Farms; Exchange Bank; eXp Realty at the Lake; Don Fancher; Farm Credit Southeast Missouri; FCD Financial Crop Insurance; David and Patty Fisher; FMC; Fordyce Farms; Ben Gallup; Mark Goth; Gottenstroeter Funeral Home; Haden & Colbert LLC; Clay and Dana Haynes; Heimer & Associates Inc.; Henderson Implement and Outdoor Power Co.; Bud and Betty Hertzog; Joan and John Hickman; David and Linda Janish; Kevin and Carol Langford; Brock Lutz; Ben and Kim Marshall Family; MFA Oil; Midwest Dairy Association; Missouri Corn Growers Association; Missouri Department of Conservation; Missouri Egg Council; Missouri State Fair; Missouri’s Electric Cooperatives; MO-AG; MU Extension Advancement; Earl Niemeyer; Jim Ollar; Diane Olson; Osage Seed and Chemical; Steve Morfeld and Katie Kuschel; Pro Partners Wealth; Rain and Hail LLC; RIBUS Inc.; Ridder Farms; Bill Riggins; Seed and Farm Supply Inc.; Show-Me Salers; Smithfield Hog Production-Missouri; St. Louis Agribusiness Club; Marshall and Jan Stewart; Swift and Co. Realty Powered by eXp Realty; T.C. Jacoby and Co.; The Poultry Federation; Sharon and Kent Topliff; UBS Financial Services; United Country Land and Lake Properties; and Wheeler Auctions and Real Estate.

Players won cash and prizes donated by A.L. Gustin Golf Course; Aetna; Rachel Augustine; Axe House; James Berger; Casey’s General Store; Chigger Creek Wood Products; Courtyard Marriott; D. Rowe’s Restaurant and Bar; Drury Inn & Suites; Edward Jones financial adviser Dale Roethemeyer; Kim Ehlers; Fahrmeier Farm and Vineyards; Kansas City Chiefs; Kellie Bray; Kristie Larson; Lynch BBQ; Missouri Botanical Garden; Missouri Department of Agriculture; Missouri Grown; Missouri Pork Association; Missouri State Fair; Diane Olson; Paradise Point Golf Course; Brian Pulliam; Linda Scorse; Shoal Creek Golf Course; Silver Dollar City; Six Flags; Stoney Creek Hotel; Leah Stotts; White Mule Winery; Chris Willow; and Gary Wrye.

The Clover Classic committee was led by co-chairs Bob Idel and John Raines, and included Rachel Augustine, Breanne Brammer, Kelli Jo Buettner, Dana Haynes, Doug Kueker, Don Nikodim, Wendy Hall and Chris Willow.

About Missouri 4-H

The Missouri 4-H Foundation is the private resource partner of the University of Missouri Extension 4-H Center for Youth Development. For 70 years, the foundation has secured and managed funds for Missouri 4-H, providing higher education scholarships, recognizing 4-H volunteers and supporting the Missouri 4-H program. MU Extension 4-H is a community of youth across Missouri learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.

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Winners of the 2019 Bob Idel Championship Cup, from left, David Heath, Jon Bishop, Phil Fancher and Terry Whitney.