Tee off for education at SD Farmers Union Golf Tournament – June 20

South Dakota Farmers Union
Farm Forum

HURON, S.D. — Mark your calendars for a day of fun between planting and harvest by joining South Dakota Farmers Union for the annual Dakota Prairie Open Golf Tournament June 20, 2017.

“A guy needs a day off once in a while — why not spend a day golfing with friends to raise money for educational programming,” said Wayne Soren, a Lake Preston farmer and South Dakota Farmers Union Vice President.

Held in Mitchell at the Lakeview Golf Course, the 18-hole scramble begins at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start. Registration includes lunch and prizes on every hole. All event proceeds go to the South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation to help fund educational programming.

Each year more than 3,000 South Dakotans participate in Farmers Union educational programming.

From youth summer camps to school-year leadership programming for youth and adults through the Jr. REAL and REAL (Rural Education & Leadership) programs, South Dakota Farmers Union hosts educational programming year-round.

“Since the beginning, education has been a focus of Farmers Union. Education is the foundation of our organization as reflected in our logo,” Soren explained. “Without education you cannot do legislation. Without education you cannot do cooperation. Education is important, not only to South Dakota’s youth but also to South Dakota’s rural professionals, family farmers and ranchers.”

Soren looks forward to the event each year as an opportunity to take a break from his Kingsbury County crop and livestock farm to spend time with his son, Jason and friends.

“We’ve had the same team for years. We’re not the best golfers in the world, but you don’t have to be a good golfer — this is a fun event,” said Soren, whose team did take home the 2016 Best Dressed trophy. His team dressed up as minions.

Soren’s comments are echoed by Kecia Beranek, South Dakota Farmers Union communications specialist and the event’s coordinator. “Golf is a fun activity and a nice way for members to reconnect while raising money for a great cause,” Beranek said.

To participate in the 2017 tournament, contact Beranek at KBeranek@sdfu.org or 605-352-6761 ext. 113. Sign up a four-person team for $300 or as an individual for $75.