Pleasant weather and a wonderfully maintained course greeted farmers and agriculture industry representatives for the 2015 Virginia Grain Open on August 7th at Piankatank River Golf Club. Nineteen foursomes participated in the tournament to benefit the Virginia Grain Producers Association.
The tournament began with a networking lunch and warm-ups on the driving range. At noon, General Manager Buzz Lambert read the rules and kicked off the tournament with a shotgun start. Players worked their way through the course enjoying views of the Piankatank River and the adjacent corn and soybean fields. Longest drive, closest to the pin and hole in one competitions were arranged throughout the course. Fleet Brothers, Inc. sponsored the grand hole in one contest with a prize of your choice between a new John Deere Gator or a Massey Ferguson utility tractor. Despite the players' best efforts, we did not have a hole in one!
As teams returned to the clubhouse from a game of golf they enjoyed a wonderful prime rib dinner, awards ceremony and raffle. The winner of the 50/50 raffle, John Fleet, was generous enough to immediately donate his winnings to the VGPA scholarship to benefit the education of an agriculture student in the Commonwealth.
Below is a listing of our winning teams from both flights and the winners of our course skill contests:
Flight One Winners
Grainfield Farms Team
Chuck McGhee, Scott Ellett, Evan Fabricant, Jeff Marburger
Advantus Strategies Team
Robert Crockett, David Dickson, Andy Browder, Lem Stewart
Fleet Brothers, Inc. Team
Johnny Fleet, E.G. Fleet, Matt Fleet, Greg Rogers
Flight Two Winners
Giese Farms Team
Craig Giese, Dwight Clarke, Heath Bray, Wilmer Stoneman
Bayer CropScience Team
Landon Heath, Morgan Quicke, Spencer Moody, David Durham
Crop Production Services Team
William Ambrose, Curtis Packett, Rusty Green, Sparky Crossman
Closest to the Pin
Hole 5: Graham Kirby
Hole 7: Kevin Black
Hole 14: William Ambrose
Hole 17: Hugh Jones
Thank You to Our Sponsors!
-The Scoular Company
-The Mennel Milling Company of Virginia, Inc. & Old Dominion Grain, a division of The Mennel Milling Company of Virginia, Inc.
-Virginia Farm Bureau Federation
Hole-in-One Contest Sponsor
-Grainfield Farms, LLC Partners with Nature
-Hoober, Inc. Ashland-Wakefield
-James River Equipment