It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This

What a beautiful day! That was the remark on everyone's lips throughout the afternoon of the AASV Foundation's annual golf fundraiser, held August 22 at Veenker Memorial Golf Course in Ames, Iowa. AASV's new executive director, Dr. Harry Snelson, took full credit for arranging the picture-perfect day. This was Dr. Snelson's first appearance at the event, which is now in its 21st year.

Regardless of its source, the delightful cool, dry weather kept golfers' smiles wide and spirits high as they navigated the 18-hole course in the best-ball contest. Fifty-one golfers on 13 teams competed for top team honors, which ultimately went to the foursome of Jeff Okones, Matt Sexton, Paul Skartvedt, and Doug Wirth, hosted by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health.

Second place was claimed by Nick Knute, Whitney Lincoln, Eric Weaver, and Mark Weaver on the Feed Energy team. Last year's championship team, AMVC, took third place this year through the combined efforts of Josh Ellingson, Jason Hocker, Troy Kellner, and Nick Weihs.

Regardless of their placings, golfers enjoyed an afternoon filled with contests, drawings, and giveaways as they made their way around the course, thanks to generous support from sponsors. Thirteen companies chipped in to provide financial support for the outing in the form of beverage, lunch, dinner, and golf hole sponsorships. Besides adding to the enjoyment of the participants, their support increased the event's profitability for the foundation.

The proceeds from the annual golf outing support a variety of 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 for veterinary students, and more. This year's event raised more than $14,000.

As usual, the event concluded with the awards dinner sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health. The golf outing coordinator, Josh Ellingson, announced the team and individual contest winners as follows:

First flight

First place team hosted by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health (score of 61): Jeff Okones, Matt Sexton, Paul Skartvedt, Doug Wirth
Second place team hosted by Feed Energy (score of 65): Nick Knute, Whitney Lincoln, Eric Weaver, Mark Weaver
Third place team hosted by AMVC (score of 68): Josh Ellingson, Jason Hocker, Troy Kellner, Nick Weihs

Second flight

First place team hosted by Aurora Pharmaceutical (score of 70): Gale Brinkman, Mark Brinkman, Jim Murray, Grant Weaver
Second place team hosted by Merck Animal Health (score of 71): Mike Bauer, Jack Creel, Michelle Sprague, Steve Sprague
Third place team hosted by Merck Animal Health (score of 72): Kimberly Crawford, Trevor Schwartz, Ethan Spronk, Amber Stricker

Third flight

First place team hosted by Cambridge Technologies (score of 73): Jon Mahlberg, Nate Mahlberg, Danielle McKeown, Doug Stine
Second place team (score of 74): Bo Ivers, Daryl Hammer, Curtis Stutheit
Third place team (score of 74): Dan Little, Dan Rosener, Rick Sibbel

Individual contests

Hole #1, Longest drive: Nick Weihs
Hole #9, Longest putt: Trevor Schwartz
Hole #9, Longest drive: Tom Marsteller
Hole #11, Closest to pin: Roy Edler
Hole #13, Closest to pin: Mark Weaver
Hole #13, Closest to the pin: Tom Grady
Hole #16, Closest in 3 shots: Matt Sexton
Hole #18, Drawing for cooler: Jack Creel

Thank you!

The AASV Foundation appreciates the support of the following companies who "chipped in" to sponsor the AASV Foundation Golf Outing. Their financial support, in addition to the contests, drawings, and giveaways they provided for the golfers, helped make the event profitable for the foundation as well as fun for the participants.

DINNER SPONSOR:

Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health

LUNCH SPONSOR:

APC

BEVERAGE SPONSOR:

Zoetis

GOLF HOLE SPONSORS:

Ceva Animal Health
Furst-McNess
GVL
Huvepharma
Insight Wealth Group
National Pork Producers Council
Pharmgate Animal Health
Phibro Animal Health
PrairiE Systems
Topigs Norsvin