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Branding Iron Classic Golf Tournament

Will Hudson prepares to tee off.

On Tuesday, June 6th  ag-land conservation supporters took part in an event that put the fun in fundraising. Which event are we speaking of you ask? Well, the first Annual Branding Iron Classic golf tournament of course!

The tournament took place in Buffalo, Wyoming at the Buffalo Golf Club and was co-hosted by the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust (WSGLT) and the Wyoming Stock Growers Association’s Young Producers Assembly (WSGA-YPA). The organizations had a goal of raising funds to support ag-land conservation efforts and to help the young agricultural producers take part in more educational and outreach opportunities.

WSGLT staff and YPA members after the awards ceremony.

WSGLT is a non-profit organization with a mission of conserving Wyoming’s agricultural lands, wildlife habitat, and the communities that they support, and the WSGA-YPA is a group of young farmers and ranchers that hope to promote the industry that they live and work in, as well as continuing their education of agricultural practices and management. With the close connection between these two organizations, it only made sense for them to support one another through a fundraiser. 

The 9-hole golf scramble included 40 participants from all across the state and the weather was perfect, with barely a breeze which is rare for Wyoming. The teams took off across the Buffalo Golf Club’s beautiful course and enjoyed the view of the Big Horn Mountains with the occasional wildlife spotting on the 8th hole.

Mountain Khakis donated prizes for the team and individual prizes.

As the day wrapped up, the attendees gathered for a picnic style award ceremony that included belt buckles, donated golf swag, and a donated Mountain Khakis gift package was given to the 2nd place team.

Once the awards came to an end, the crowd gathered to watch as 500 golf balls were dropped from a helicopter onto the golf course’s driving range. Before the event and during the tournament golf balls were sold by the WSGLT staff and members of the WSGA-YPA in a raffle format. People purchased the golf balls for a chance to win a cash price and the drop was an exciting addition that made the day unique.

Golf balls were sold and dropped from a helicopter as part of the fundraiser.

When all was said and done the Branding Iron was a huge success. We would like to thank Mountain Khakis for the great prizes and for their support of Wyoming’s agricultural industry.