06-22-16 Colorado Potato’s Annual Dinner and Golf Tournament Recap…

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The Colorado Potato Industry Coming Together

Colorado Potatoes hosted their Annual Dinner and Golf Tournament at Cattails Golf Course on June 15, 2016.  Over 200 members and guests of the Colorado potato industry were in attendance.  Colorado Potatoes represents over 175 potato growers and 19 potato sheds in the San Luis Valley.  The Annual Dinner and Golf Tournament is an opportunity for those within the industry and those who support it to get together and celebrate all that the potato industry does for Colorado.

Scramble Golf Tournament

The day began with a scramble Golf Tournament, with 22 teams participating.  The team of David Tonso, Steve Goers, Matt Glowczewski and Jacob Gillespie walked away with the top prize, having a score of 61.  Jared Myers, Donnie Bautista, Cody Whitehead and Kevin Federline came in second with a score of 62, and Cole Wakasugi, Scott Wolfe, Tom Hershey and Michael Davis came in third with a score of 63.  Colorado Potatoes awarded an approximate $1,250 in cash awards and prizes to golfers.  Prizes included a round of golf for four at the Cattails Golf Course, a round of golf for four at the Rio Grande Club and a round of golf for four at the Monte Vista Golf Club.  Town and Country sponsored the fourth hole, offering a Dodge Dart for anyone who could get a hole in one. A raffle was held to benefit the Potato Political Action Committee (POPAC), where various prizes were raffled off, including the top prize of registration and three nights stay at the 2017 Potato Expo in San Francisco, CA.

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The winning tournament team of Jacob Gillespie, David Tonso, Matt Glowczewski and Steve Goers.

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Roger Christianson tries for the fourth hole-in-one to win a Dodge Dart.

Annual Dinner and Awards Presentation

During dinner, Colorado Potatoes recognized its 2015-16 scholarship recipients Bailee Velasquez, Presley Garcia and Logan Sessums, as well as the 2015-16 Doug Monter scholarship recipient Chance Canty and 2015-16 Spud Bowl Queen Faleen Lobato.  Randy Witten and Tracey Vanderpool, who both retired this year from the Colorado State Inspection Service, were recognized for their many years of service.  State Representative Ed Vigil, Colorado State Representative and Chair of the House Agriculture Committee, was recognized for his support of agriculture in the San Luis Valley.  The Colorado Department of Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown was in attendance, and addressed the crowd about his appreciation for agriculture in Colorado.

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Representative Ed Vigil addresses the crowd with CPAC Executive Director Jim Ehrlich and CPAC Chairman Mark Peterson.

A Special Thank You

The Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, and the Colorado potato industry at large, would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of our Annual Dinner and Golf Tournament: Holmes Enviro/Hyper Galaxy, 1st Southwest Bank, Monte Vista Potato Growers, Frontier Bank, Compost Technologies, Alamosa State Bank, Stone’s Farm Supply, Town & Country, CIA Leavitt Insurance Agency, Aspen Produce, Wenta Nip & Sanitizing, LLC, Colorado Gourmet Potatoes, Wilbur-Ellis, Farm Credit of Southern Colorado, Mountain Valley Logistics, SLV Ag Check Services, Rio Grande Seed & Grain, Beiriger & Sons Irrigation, US Tractor & Harvest, EcoDynamics, Rio Grande Savings & Loan, United Fresh Potato Growers of Colorado, Haynie’s Inc., Wall, Smith & Bateman, Inc., San Luis Valley Federal Bank, RPE-Colorado, Maverick Organic Potato, Poole Chemical, Blanca Potato Company, C&L Container, SLV REC, Sorum Tractor Company, AgroEngineering, Monte Vista Co-op, Center Parts Store, Skyline Potato Co., Vali 3 Theater, Cattails Golf Course and the Grille at Cattails.  Thank you for your generosity and continued support!

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