Bittersweet Farms Claims Top Prize

Potato Grower Golf Tournament draws 32 teams

Published in the September 2014 Issue Published online: Sep 05, 2014
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More teams and more prize money set the stage for the 24th annual Potato Grow­er Industry Golf Tournament at Idaho Falls Country Club on July 14. Thirty-two teams competed for more than $8,000.

The Bitter family of Bittersweet Farms in Terreton, Idaho, captured the top prize of $225 to each team member. Kent Bitter, Bittersweet Farms co-owner, won the scramble in a foursome with his sons, Mark and Doug, and daughter, Shayla.

“We putted really well,” Kent said.

They shot a 14-under-par 58 to edge the second-place team of Mel and Rob Er­ickson, each of Potato Grower magazine, Bruce Keck, Agro-Culture Liquid Fertil­izers sales rep, and Tim Parry, BASF sales rep, by two strokes. Second place earned $175 per team member.

Third place went to the team from Snake River Plains Potatoes of Ucon, Idaho. Co-owner Howard Johnson partici­pated with his brothers, David and Brent, and son, Kevin. The team also scored 60 but lost the second-place tiebreaker. They each pocketed $150. The top seven teams won prizes.

“This year’s event was again a great success in bringing together many in the industry for a fun day together,” said Jason Harris, Potato Grower publisher.

“This golf event has played a key role in our success over the years and we very much appreciate the support from sponsors and players.”

Perfect conditions at IFCC greeted the golfers as they teed off for the scramble. Afterward, awards and individual hole prizes were presented at the dinner sponsored by Agritech Corporation.

Some notable prizes included:

• Tyler Watt won $200 for having the best poker hand—a straight—in the 5 card poker run.

• Howard Johnson won the chipping contest and $75 by being closest to the hole at 3 feet, 6 inches. Dick Watt placed second at 3-8 to win $50. Radd Orr took third and $25 at 5-1.

• Jeff Chris won a $100 gift certificate from Les Schwab Tire Center by complet­ing the putting contest in seven putts or less. His name was chosen from a drawing of 27 qualifiers.

• Jeff Anderson won the men’s long drive contest and $100.

• Brianna Koompin won the women’s long drive contest and $100

• In a new feature this year, the team with the worst score also took home a prize. In this case, Dan Piquet, Clay Allen, Paul Wood and Kelly Duffin collected $50 apiece for their high score of 79.

Golfers have plenty of time to get ready for the biggest event thus far.

“We look forward to next year as we will celebrate our 25th annual Potato Grower Golf Tournament,” Harris said. “We are already preparing some special prizes and giveaways to mark our 25th year. It will be our best event yet!”