AMES, Iowa -- A field of 116 golfers braved the 113-degree heat index to raise more than $55,000 for Iowa 4-H’ers during the 15th Annual ‘Going for the Green’ 4-H Golf Benefit July 18 at the Wakonda Club in Des Moines.
Twenty-nine teams participated in a best ball tournament, which included several hole contests and a putting competition. Chuck Goodrich, Des Moines, putted his way to a first place finish, winning a $500 pre-paid VISA Card sponsored by the Iowa Gaming Association.
Prizes went to the first place teams in each of the three flights. Becker Underwood of Ames won the championship flight with a score of 59. Bridgestone/Firestone Ag of Des Moines shot a 68 to win the second flight, and Successful Farming, Des Moines, won the third flight with an even par.
After a full day of golf, guests enjoyed an evening social, awards program and benefit auction featuring 35 silent and live auction items.
“We are very happy with the turnout for the Central Iowa Golf Benefit,” said Albert Grunenwald, associate director of the Iowa 4-H Foundation. “It was great to see everyone come together on an extremely hot day to keep 4-H programs available for all youth in our state.”
4-H is the largest youth development organization in Iowa with more than 20 percent of its funding coming from private contributions through the Iowa 4-H Foundation. The 4-H Foundation will host a second golf tournament in eastern Iowa at the Blue Top Ridge Golf Course in Riverside on August 25. More information can be found online at www.iowa4hfoundation.org.
Contact: Beth Irlbeck, Iowa 4-H Foundation, firstname.lastname@example.org