Cool Weather; Hot Golf at Foundation Fundraiser

Forty-four golfers on eleven teams took to the field to support the AASV Foundation at Veenker Memorial Golf Course in Ames, Iowa on Thursday, August 24. The weather was pleasant with only a gentle breeze, but one team blew through the course, dominating the best-ball competition. The GlobalVetLINK foursome of Tyler Eagan, Tyler Holck, Dan Shipton, and Bryan Steffen made 1 eagle, 14 birdies, and 3 pars on their way to an impressive score of 56 on the par-72 course.

"Tiebreaker" was the name of the game for the remaining teams, whose scores were largely clustered in the mid- to upper-60's. The second and third-place teams were both hosted by Boehringer Ingelheim and shared a score of 64, with a single tiebreaker stroke on hole #7 separating the two. The BI/Orange City Vet Clinic foursome of Jeff Blythe, Dave Bomgaars, Dave Iverson, and Tom Wetzell claimed 2nd place honors, while BI's other foursome, Keith Bretey, Jeff OKones, Doug Quam, and Justin Rustvold, took 3rd. Tiebreaker scores were also needed to determine placings for the teams that scored 66's and 67's.

In addition to the best-ball team competition, golfers enjoyed a variety of individual contests across the course, thanks in part to strong sponsorship support. Golf hole sponsors included Aurora Pharmaceutical, Ceva Animal Health, GlobalVetLINK, Huvepharma, Insight Wealth Group, NPPC, and Pharmgate Animal Health. APC sponsored lunch for the golfers, while Zoetis kept golfers hydrated with their support of the beverage cart.

The annual golf outing raises funds to support foundation programs, including scholarships, research grants, travel stipends for veterinary students to attend the annual meeting, tuition support for the Swine Medicine Education Center, swine externship grants, and more.

The event concluded with a pork dinner sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, during which the event coordinator Josh Ellingson recognize the following team and individual contest winners:

Championship flight:

First place team hosted by GlobalVetLINK (score of 56): Tyler Eagan, Tyler Holck, Dan Shipton, Brian Steffen
Second place team hosted by Boehringer Ingelheim (score of 64): Jeff Blythe, Dave Bomgaars, Dave Iverson, Tom Wetzell
Third place team hosted by Boehringer Ingelheim (score of 64): Keith Bretey, Jeff OKones, Doug Quam, Justin Rustvold
Fourth place team hosted by NPPC (score of 66): Jack Bain, Craig Boelling, Doug Fricke, Kelly Sheets

First flight:

First place team hosted by AMVC (score of 66): Steve Schmitz, Paul Thomas, Nick Weihs, Gavin Yager
Second place team hosted by Fast Genetics (score of 67): Darrell Neuberger, Kent Schwartz, Steve Sornsen, Jeff Zimmerman
Third place team hosted by Phibro Animal Health (score of 67): Mark Brinkman, Dennis Dwyer, Mark Rooney, Grant Weaver
Fourth place team hosted by Huvepharma and Aurora Pharmaceutical (score of 68): Jim Murray, Dale Oldenkamp, Chris Sparks, Mark Weaver

Second flight:

First place team hosted by Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (score of 69): Eric Burrough, Drew Magstadt, Pablo Pineyro, Chris Rademacher
Second place team hosted by AMVC (score of 71): Josh Ellingson, Jason Hocker, Daryl Olsen, Ryan Saltzman
Third place team hosted by Iowa State University Swine Medicine Education Center (score of 86): Justin Brown, Anna Forseth, Heather Kittrell, Scott Radke

Individual contests:

Hole #1, Closest to the pin, 2nd shot: Brian Steffen
Hole #8, Closest to the pin: Mark Brinkman
Hole #9, Longest putt: Brian Steffen
Hole #10, Longest drive: Mark Brinkman
Hole #10, Longest drive in fairway: Mark Weaver
Hole #16, Closest to the pin Doug Quam
Hole #18, Longest putt: Nick Weihs