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Local farmers help set Pork Classic record

Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 5:18 am

The Missouri Pork Association hosted the annual Missouri Pork Classic on June 26, 2012, at Columbia’s L.A. Nickell Golf Course. This year’s tournament was a tremendous success, assembling a total of thirty-five teams comprised of area producers and industry representatives. Players enjoyed great food and endless fun on the course. Several prizes were awarded during the annual Rib Fest immediately following the tournament, including those listed below. First, second, and third place were recognized with cash prizes in Flights A and B. Flight A results were as follows: With a score of 53, first place was awarded to Keri North, Edna Speaker, Joe Eckelkamp and Keith Whitney, whose team was sponsored by Mt. Zion Homestead, Hebron Hills, and Landmark Bank. Second place in Flight A went to Todd Linhardt, Arnold Bailey, Mike Bungart and Dan Linhardt on the Rosehill Team, with a score of 54. In third place: Morris Burger, Grant Burger, Adam Burger and Seth Rohrbach sponsored by Burger’s Smokehouse, scoring 55. Flight B results are as follows: The team of Scott Hays, Matt Rychnovsky, Steve McWilliams and Craig Bowen, sponsored by Two Mile Pork, took first place in flight B. Second place went to the team of Stephen Patterson, DVM, Julie Lolli, Bill Bayless and Norm Penton, sponsored by Passion for Pigs. Third place in flight B went to ADM’s team of Ray Hartman, Camissa Hummel, David Fisher and Jim Fisher. Each of these teams had a score of 63, and they were ranked using a tie-breaker.
Additional cash prizes were awarded in various categories, including: Longest Putt – Rob Latimer of Dysart Insurance; Longest Drive – Russell Farris of Cargill; Longest Drive Women – Camissa Hummel of ADM; and Closest to Hole – Kris Scheller-Stewart of Farmland. Skins winners were Mike Wyatt of Murphy Family Ventures, Jim Howerton with JD Howerton & Sons, Jerry Epperson of Epperson Farms, and Brent Sandidge of Ham Hill Farms.
Special thanks goes to everyone who took part in the 2012 Missouri Pork Classic, and especially to our sponsors for making this event enjoyable for all involved. The 2012 Missouri Pork Classic sponsors included: National Pork Producers Council (Gold), Missouri Soybean (Premium), Monsanto (Premium), Cargill (Premium), Murphy Family Ventures (Premium). $500 Level Sponsors include Fechtel Beverage, Rabo AgriFinance, Pork Checkoff, Pfizer, Lathrop & Gage, The Maschhoffs, Harrison Creek Farm L.L.C., Novartis Animal Health, MFA, and UPI/ Parks LLC. $400 Level Sponsors include Newman, Comley & Ruth P.C., ADM Alliance Nutrition, Inc., Mt. Zion Homestead, Hebron Hills, CMA Consulting, Phibro Animal Health, AGRIServices of Brunswick LLC, FCS Financial, RIAN Livestock Corp, Elanco Animal Health, Premium Standard Farms, Advanced Pork Systems, Pike Feeds, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Nioex, Triumph Foods, Land O’ Lakes Purina Feed, Farmland Foods, Brent Hemphill & Associates, Forrest Keeling, Lovelace Custom Services, Two Mile Pork LLC, DFA , Missouri Corn Growers, Osborn & Barr, Dysart Insurance Agency LLC, United Hog Systems and Midwest Dairy.
The Missouri Pork Association represents the state’s pork producers in the areas of promotion, research, education and legislation. For more information about this or any other programs of the Missouri Pork Association, go to, or call (573) 445-8375.