Great Turnout for the 2016 Missouri Pork Classic

Columbia, Mo.,—The Missouri Pork Association hosted the 16th annual Missouri Pork Classic on June 28 at Columbia’s L.A. Nickell Golf Course. This year’s tournament was a tremendous success, assembling a total of thirty-six 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 are as follows: first place went to Greg Reed, Keith Whitney, Rob Rush and Brent Marcks, sponsored by Raymond James, with a score of 49. Second place was awarded to the team of Mike Gray, Jeff Ragsdale, Brad Calison and Jared Barnes, sponsored by Tyson, with a score of 51. Third place went to Carrie North, Edna Speaker, Cindy Metts and Connie Welch, sponsored by Mt. Zion Homestead, with a score of 53.


Flight B results were: with a score of 63, first place was awarded to Jeff Sims, Glenn Fry, Steven Sims and Kenny Sims, sponsored by Ham Hill Farms. Second place in Flight B went to Noble Carpenter and Paul Brune of MFA, Dave Rastofer of Validus, and Mark Langworthy from the University of Missouri, sponsored by MFA, with a score of 63. In third place was Jeff Case and Bob Gerke of Rabo AgriFinance, Rob Christine of the National Pork Board, and Al Dierking, sponsored by Rabo AgriFinance and scoring 63. These three teams were ranked using a tie-breaker.


Additional cash prizes were awarded in various categories, including: Longest Putt – Bill Kent, Zoetis; Longest Drive – Jordan Epperson, Epperson Farms; and Closest to Hole – Arnold Bailey, Rose Hill Swine Production. Skins winners were teams from Tyson and Rabo AgriFinance.


Special thanks go out to everyone who took part in the 2016 Missouri Pork Classic, and especially to this year’s sponsors for making this event enjoyable for all those involved. The 2016 Missouri Pork Classic sponsors included: Presenting Sponsors AT&T, Grow Missouri, Missouri Soybean Association and National Pork Producers Council. Meal Sponsors include Brenneman Pork, Inc., Eagle Bank & Trust, Fast Genetics, JBS Live Pork, Lynch Livestock, National Pork Board and Purina Animal Nutrition. Beverage Sponsors included Boehringer Ingelheim, Harrison Creek Farms, Fechtel Beverage, LLC, The Maschhoffs, Missouri Wines and UPI/ Parks, LLC. Margaritaville Sponsors included Rabo AgriFinance and Synergy, LLC.


Hole and Contest Sponsors included: ADM, Advanced Pork Systems, AGRIServices of Brunswick, LLC, Boehringer Ingelheim, Brent Hemphill & Associates, Callaway Bank, Climate Corp., a Division of Monsanto, CFM Insurance, Dairy Farmers of America, Elanco Animal Health, Epperson Farms, FCS Financial, Hebron Hills Inc., Hog Slat, Hogan Dedicated Services, Jayce Mountain Pork, Landmark Bank, Lathrop & Gage, Lynch Livestock, MFA Inc., MFA Oil, Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, Missouri Corn Growers Association, Missouri Electric Cooperative, MO-AG Industries, Mount Zion Homestead Inc., Murphy Family Ventures, NutriQuest, Phillips Family Farms, Pike Feeds, Pipestone Veterinary Services, Protect the Harvest, Purina Animal Nutrition, Raymond James, Rian Livestock Corporation, Smithfield, Smithfield Hog Production Missouri, Synergy, LLC, Triumph Foods, Wiechman Pig Company, Validus, Victory Enterprises, Win-Win, LLC and Zoetis. Other sponsors included the Missouri Dairy Association and Tracy Arey Real Estate.


Mark your calendars for the 17th annual Missouri Pork Classic Golf Tournament & Rib Fest on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.


The Missouri Pork Association represents the state’s pork producers in the areas of promotion, research, education and legislation. For more information on the association or next year’s tournament, visit, or call the Missouri Pork Association office at (573) 445-8375.