• The Commerce Bank team received the Championship Cup at the 2023 Missouri 4-H Clover Classic at the A.L. Gustin Golf Course in Columbia. Photo by Rachel Augustine.
    The Commerce Bank team received the Championship Cup at the 2023 Missouri 4-H Clover Classic at the A.L. Gustin Golf Course in Columbia. Photo by Rachel Augustine.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Golfers returned to the green at the A.L. Gustin Golf Course in Columbia to support Missouri 4-H youths at the 13th annual 4-H Clover Classic Golf Tournament on June 6. Co-presenting sponsors were Climate Field View and Great American Insurance-Crop Division.

“This year’s event saw an incredible turnout, with 35 teams showcasing their skills and demonstrating their unwavering support of Missouri 4-H to raise a record-breaking amount of more than $91,000,” said Rachel Augustine, director of the Missouri 4-H Foundation. “We are incredibly grateful for the overwhelming support and generosity shown by the participants and sponsors of the tournament. The funds raised will help us enhance the 4-H experience for more than 50,000 young Missourians across the state.”

Tournament chair Bob Idel and Chad Higgins, University of Missouri interim vice chancellor for extension and engagement, thanked everyone for their support of youths in Missouri before challenging teams to have fun on the golf course.

The Bob Idel Championship Cup for first place was presented to the Commerce Bank team of Jack Smith, Justice Fluty, Adam Burger and Lance Simons. Awards for the second place Championship Flight went to the Great American Insurance #2 team of Mark Rieger, Mike Guinan, Randy Barr and Sam Pickens.

Awards for first place A Flight went to the Folls Capital team of Lane Litton, Ann Wilhelm, Garret Mixon and Ben Brammeier. Awards for second place A Flight went to the Meatball Taco Club team of Kyle Buettner, Tanner Russell, Jimmy Steger and Mandi Veliz.

Awards for first place B Flight went to the Great American Insurance #1 team of Joshua Siegel, Jake Rogers, Kelly Erdman and Wendy Hall. Awards for second place B Flight went to the Three Gents and a Lad team of Jim Meyer, Alex Meyer, Kelly Schwabe and Jim Patrico.

Players enjoyed lunch provided by the Missouri Cattle Industry and Peachtree Catering. Lunch was prepared by Don Nikodim of the Missouri Pork Association, and Mike Deering and Sydney Thummel of the Missouri Cattle Industry. Fechtel Beverage & Sales Inc. was the beverage sponsor.

Foursomes teed off under the banner of hat sponsor FCS Financial. Margaritaville was sponsored by FCS Financial and hosted by FCS Financial Crop Insurance.

Platinum sponsors included BTC Bank, Lockton Companies, MFA Inc., Missouri Corn Growers, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council and Sydenstricker Nobbe Partners.

Gold sponsors included BDO; Kelli Jo and Kyle Buettner; Central Missouri AGRIService LLC; Crop Risk Services; Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa; Fordyce Farms | Renee and Richard Fordyce; Mark and Mary Goth; Midwest Trust & FCI Advisors; Missouri Department of Conservation; Missouri Farm Bureau; Missouri Pork Association; MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; Rain and Hail; George Thomas; Vivayic Inc.

Silver sponsors included AGRIServices of Brunswick LLC; American Outdoor Brands; Association Missouri Electric Cooperatives; Audsley Family Farms; David Baker and Robin Walker; Brett Begemann; Brownfield Ag News; Lupita Fabregas; Farm Credit Southeast Missouri; Clark and Rita Fobian; Franklin County Animal Medical Center; Heimer & Associates Inc.; Heimer Hampshires; Bud Hertzog; Lyle and Velma Houts Family; Bob and Pam Idel; Law Firm of Haden & Colbert; Missouri Cattle Industry; Protect the Harvest; Bill Riggins; Rosebud Tractor and Equipment; Syngenta; Christine Tew; Dr. Marla J. Tobin; Ernie and Jan Verslues; Wheeler Auctions & Real Estate.

Hole and Team sponsors included Advanced Diesel & Auto Repair; Jerry Duff | AgriThority; Nick and Baylee Asbury; Rachel and Adam Augustine; David Baker and Robin Walker; state Sen. Mike Bernskoetter; Bohon Sleep & TMJ Therapy; Richard S. Bohon, DDS; Boone Electric Cooperative; Kellie Bray and Kristie Bray Larson; Buchheit Inc.; Burgers Smokehouse; Mark and Suzanne Cadle; Central Crop Insurance LLC; CFM Insurance; Chastity A. Menz, CPA LLC; Coleman Appliance in Jefferson City; Commerce Bank; Copenhaver Farms; Tom and Deniece Cox; Craig Lehman Shelter Insurance; Crop Insurance Solutions; Crown Power & Equipment; Jordan and Samantha Davis; Edward Jones | JD Manning; Edward Jones | Matt Peiter; Epperson Family Farms; Exchange Bank of Missouri; FCS Financial; FCS Financial Crop Insurance; David and Patty Fisher; Ben Gallup; Kate Greco; Hall Turf; Ham Hill Farms; Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer; Clay and Dana Haynes; Joan and John Hickman; Interstate Regional Stockyards; David and Linda Janish; Kevin and Carol Langford; Lane Litton; Luecke’s Roofing LLC; Brock M. Lutz; Ben Marshall; Brad McCord | McCord and Co.; McDonald Family; Jim Meyer; MFA Oil Co.; Midwest Dairy; Missouri Egg Council; Missouri Southern Seed; Jason Moore; MU College of Health Sciences; Earl Niemeyer; Don Nikodim; Noah’s Ark Vet Service; Jim Ollar; Diane Olson; Marty (Hoffmeister) Orris; Orscheln Industries; Osage Seed & Chemical LLC; Pepsi, New Haven; Perry Ag Lab; Bowling Green; Prairie Farms | Central Dairy; James Preston; Rodeo Goat Ranch LLC; state Rep. Bruce Sassmann; Sparks Maintenance Contracting; Swift and Company Realty; The Poultry Federation; Three Rivers Electric; Jo Turner; Tweedy Law Office LLC; United Country Land and Lake Properties; Mark Wolfe; and Gary and Erma Wrye Farms.

Players won prizes donated by A. L. Gustin Golf Course; Amazon | Ashland, Mo., Warehouse; American Outdoor Brands; Andy’s Frozen Custard; Rachel Augustine; Casey’s General Store; Celebration Cruises; Cheesecake Factory; Chipotle; Drury Inn; F&H Food Equipment Co.; Fahrmeier Farms; Wendy Hall; Hemme Brothers Cheese; Heritage Tractor; John Deere Financial; Log Boat Brewing Co.; McCord and Co.; MidwayUSA Foundation; Missouri Botanical Gardens; Missouri Grown; Missouri Pork Association; Missouri State Fair; Missouri Wine and Grape Board; Nothing Bundt Cakes, Columbia; Paradise Pointe, Smithville; Raising Cane’s; Jim Sappington; Shatto Milk Co.; Shirkey Golf Course, Richmond; Shoal Creek Golf Course, Kansas City; Six Flags-St. Louis; St. Louis Cardinals; Texas Roadhouse; University of Missouri Office of the President; Waves Cider Co.; Whiskey Uncorked; White Mule Winery; Chris Willow; and Worlds of Fun-Kansas City.

Additional support was provided by Jim and Kathy Berger, Joan Fahrmeier, Hair Unlimited, Lane Building Products, Brian Pulliam, Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, Joyce Taylor, Sharon Topliff, Wayne Walker, Douglas and Jeanne Westhues, and Roy Willard.

The Clover Classic committee was led by chair Bob Idel and included Baylee Asbury, Rachel Augustine, David Baker, Dana Brown-Haynes, Kelli Jo Buettner, Wendy Hall, Wendy Loges, Brad McCord, Don Nikodim, Christine Tew, Sydney Thummel, Ernie Verslues and Chris Willow.

About Missouri 4-H

Missouri 4-H is an active, dynamic organization of young people who are learning, growing, and preparing to be the leaders of today and tomorrow while making a real difference in their community, country, and world. 4-H is the youth development program of the University of Missouri and the nation’s Cooperative Extension System. For more information on Missouri 4-H, visit

About the Missouri 4-H Foundation

The Missouri 4-H Foundation is the independent philanthropic partner of the University of Missouri Extension 4-H Center for Youth Development. For more than 70 years, the foundation has secured and managed funds for Missouri 4-H, providing higher education scholarships, recognizing 4-H volunteers and supporting the work of MU Extension 4-H. Learn more at

The Commerce Bank team received the Championship Cup at the 2023 Missouri 4-H Clover Classic at the A.L. Gustin Golf Course in Columbia. Photo by Rachel Augustine.

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