ud-spattered trucks lined the Marshall Golf Club parking lot as dozens of golfers came out for the fourth annual Farmers Open. One hundred and twenty golfers took to the links to support Southwest Minnesota State University student-athletes who are majoring in agricultural-related programs.
The Deutz Auctioneering team took home first place with a score of 57. The team consisted of Tim Deutz, Max Deutz, Brian Kor, and Val Ebersbacner. The McLaughlin Farms 1 team came in second with a score of 58. That team consisted of Tom McLaughlin, Doug Krogen, Randy Viessman, and Dan Lee.
There were also multiple Flag Events scattered throughout the course. Ben Nath took home the award for longest drive on the 14th hole. Mark Jacoby hit the longest putt on the 16th hole and Stan Stinsurd hit the longest putt on the 6th hole.
Photo by Nick Hansen
Randy Viessman attempts to woo his putt toward the hole during the Farmers Open Monday.
The Deutz team had an enjoyable time on the links. "[The course] was playing really nice. It wasn't very windy. It was overcast, pretty calm. It was just fun to be out there with my dad. We played pretty well." said Max Deutz. The highlight of the day for Deutz was seeing his dad chip in for eagle on the 2nd hole.
The weather was in the high 70's with a slight breeze from the north, which made of excellent playing conditions. "[The course] was in awesome shape, especially for the little rain and all the tournaments we've had. Those guys on the grounds crew have done a great job," added Deutz.
The tournament has grown in popularity since its inception. The event is a collaboration between SMSU, the Marshall Chamber of Commerce, and the local agricultural community. "We have more golfers than we can fit into the tournament, so the community is engaged in it. The sponsors grow every year," said Lucas Hilgemann, store manager at Titan Machinery in Marshall and one of the members of the Farmer's Open Committee.
"It was a really good turnout for a great cause," said Deutz.
Last year the event raised more than $15,000 dollars for student scholarships. SMSU has numerous agricultural-centered programs including Agribusiness Management, Agronomy and a new program in Agricultural Education.
People were excited to be able to help grow the connection between SMSU and local farmers. "They go hand in hand, the community and the college," said Hilgemann.