Farmers Golfed for a Good Cause during 24th Annual Missouri Soybeans Classic

The Precision Scale & Controls, Inc. team of Dale Delarber and Scott Vincent from St. Louis and Billy Leach and Don Blakeman of Richmond took top honors in this week’s Missouri Soybean Association Golf Classic. They came out on top as more than 100 golfers enjoyed a day on the course Wednesday at Shirkey’s Golf Club in Richmond to support Missouri Soybean’s outreach and advocacy efforts.

“The annual golf classic is an outstanding time for our members and industry partners to come together in support of the Missouri Soybean Association’s work to grow opportunities for farmers and their soybeans throughout the year,” said Ronnie Russell, a Richmond soybean farmer and executive board member of the Association. “We thank Shirkey’s for continuing to host our group. They’ve been great friends to us since our first tournament in 1990.”

The tournament included nearly 30 teams playing 18 holes scramble-style, as well as several individual competitions spread along the course.

Don Blakeman launched a ball nearly the full length of Shirkey’s sixth hole to win the Longest Drive contest, while John Kelley of Faucett, Mo. had the longest putt of the day on hole nine. An outstanding tee shot on the second hole led Jeff Geoff of the Bank of Missouri to win the Closest to the Pin contest.

Participants also had the opportunity to ‘Tee It Forward’ on one hole, while supporting efforts to raise awareness about Missouri’s Farming Rights Amendment, Amendment 1, which will be on the August 5 ballot statewide.

The day on the golf course was made possible by more than 20 of Missouri’s agricultural organizations and businesses. Sponsors for the day included Monsanto, the National Biodiesel Board, Lathrop & Gage LLP, FCS Financial, Ag Power, Inc., Rabo AgriFinance, Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, Thompson Coburn LLP and Stine Seed. Hole sponsors included Bartlett Grain Co., Biofuels, LLC, Cargill, Inc., FMC, Dye Farms – Channel Seed, Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri Pork Association, Missouri Corn Growers Association, FCS Financial, MFA, Inc., Mid-America Biofuels, LLC, Paseo Biofuels, LLC, The Bank of Missouri, W.B. Young Co., W. Stemme Farms, Sur-Gro Plant Food, Inc. and AgriServices of Brunswick, LLC.

The Missouri Soybean Association (MSA) is a statewide membership organization designed to increase the profitability of Missouri soybean farmers through legislative advocacy, public policy initiatives and communication and education efforts across the state. To learn more, visit the Missouri Soybean Association online at