2017 SJIFT GOLF TOURNAMENT REPORT
From Scott Nichols, SJIFT Golf Chair
We celebrated the 20th anniversary of our SJIFT Golf Tournament on Monday November 6th at the beautiful Copper River Country Club in Fresno. It was a cool but beautiful day. We had a great turnout of 130 players teeing off on the 6415 yard course. We also had our largest ever dinner gathering of 155 that evening. This was our first time playing at a private country club and our first time to have our dinner at an indoor venue. Copper River did a great job, and the food served at dinner was the best ever. We want to give a great big shout-out to Copper River!
As a special thank you to our golfers, each player received a commemorative ball marker and divot tool at check-in.
We wish to thank our major sponsors: Scott Nichols of the HORN Company with a Full Scholarship Sponsorship, and Thomas Lampe of San Joaquin Valley Concentrates as our Dinner Sponsor. We also thank Kathleen Da Cunha of Ruiz Foods, for providing an Eagle Sponsorship. Chuck Lambert of Grain Processing and Joyce Igasaki of Virginia Dare Flavors both provided Birdie Sponsorships. Lori King of IO.I. Loders Croklaan sponsored our $20,000 Scotland Golf Vacation Hole in One prize and Bill Smittcamp of Wawona Frozen Foods was our Beverage Cart Sponsor. We also want to thank Ruiz Foods for supporting our “No Whining Hole” on number 8 where lucky winners received some great Fresno State Wine!
We wish to thank our 20 Tee Box Sponsorships at $350 each: Dave Plowman of APAC Chemicals, Ryan Gosswiller of Atlantic Chemical Trading, Debbie Sampson of Batory Foods, Julie Inman of Beneo, Inc., Trish Frazier of Brenntag Pacific, Ron Pitts of Del Monte Foods, Hanford, Dan O’Connell of Fiberstar, Stacey Hawley of Flavor Producers, Phil Kraemer of Foodarom, J.C. Stubblefield of Gold Coast Ingredients, Robin Becker of Jungbunzlauer, Inc., Chris Bahr of McCormick & Co., Matt Gallinetti of National Raisin, Jim Lieskovan of Nationwide Boiler, Michael Byrnes of Northstar Chemicals, Jared Shipman of Orchard Choice/Valley Fig Growers, Gina Cardoza of Pacific Coast Chemicals, Brian Young of Sealed Air/Cryovac, Steve Linzmeyer of SPI Group and Sara Stewart of Univar.
Stacy Creasy of Sun Valley Raisins donated $300 towards the SJIFT, Thank you Stacy!
Special thanks go to National Raisin, San Joaquin Valley Concentrates, Sealed Air and the HORN Company for sponsoring multiple foursomes!
Many thanks go to our current and past SJIFT Board members that work hard every year to make this a successful event: Trish Frazier, Trent Little, Brittney Cemo, Kady Francone, Kimberly Kurisu, Nicole Miranda, Jordan Bolin, Pam Sweeten, Gary Jue and Quinn Zweigle. A special shout-out goes to our board member, Kelli Williamson, for organizing the student volunteers.
This year’s tournament raised $9,406 in Scholarship funds for CSUF Food Science Students! Since the inception of the tournament in 1998, we have raised $152,479. The success of this tournament is due to the overwhelming support we receive from our sponsors, so again, the SJIFT Golf Committee says THANK YOU!
We had 14 Food and Beverage Sponsors who filled up the golf goodie bags to help keep our costs down, and we wish to thank the following: Dale Killen of Barney Butter, Patrick McGovern of BC Packaging, Joe Grossi of Brenntag, Dennis Perkins of The Brownie Baker, Elaine Steindler of Carmi Flavors, Randy Erickson of Clif Bar, Robin McConnell of Del Monte Foods in Modesto, Craig Rothe of Elite Spice, Brandon Kirchmeyer of GU Energy, Vicky Raulino of Guittard Chocolate, Scott Nichols of HORN, Quinn Zweigle of National Raisin, Prasad Gandham of Nichols Pistachio, and Gary Jue of Valley Fig Growers!
Similar to last year, we used low gross scores and divided the players into three flights. The winners in each flight received a SJIFT Blue Golf Cap and a Calloway gift card valued between $100 and $150 each! Our putting challenge winner, the longest and most accurate drive winners and the CTP winners each received $50 CRCC gift cards. We also gave away a brand new 58 inch 4-G Samsung TV as our grand raffle prize which was won by Tim McConnell of Foster Farms R&D! Congrats Tim!
Flight A, with a score of 57, went to the foursome of Manuel Solis, Hector Ochoa, Luke Molthen and Todd Weaver of Shepard Brothers. They each received a $150 Calloway gift card.
Flight B, with a score of 60, went to the foursome of David Cole of Vikase, Bellis Lelhame, Heath Villareal and Tim Romero all from Foster Farms. They each received a $125 Calloway gift card.
Flight C, with a score of 70, went to a National Raisin foursome of Tim Ramirez, Bob Hooper, Frank Tomasello and John Sutton. They each received a $100 Calloway gift card.
Longest Drive for Men on hole #15 went to Justin Rushing (again!).
Longest Drive for Women on hole #15 went to Angela Guerrero.
Most Accurate Drive on hole #9 went to John Rushing.
The Pre Game Chipping Contest winner was Tyler Roberson.
Closest to the Pin Winners: Wayne Miller on hole #5. Steve Fusi won the CTP on Hole 8, and we did not have any women get on the green for the Women’s only CTP prize on Hole 17.
The Pot-of-Gold contest on Hole No. 17, was won by Gerid Climer. He split the pot with the SJIFT and took home $355 in cash!
We greatly appreciate the support of this tournament from our golfers and sponsors.
Please join Monday October 15th, 2018 for our 21st Annual SJIFT Tournament to be held at the Copper River Country Club in Fresno!