Delta Classic Tournament raises scholarship funds for CSES students

July 25, 2013
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Holly Yeatman, Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences
479-575-5726 / hyeatman@uark.edu

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Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences Delta Classic and Barrentine Scholarship recipients for 2013 include (from left) Hunter Harris, Stuttgart; Regan Counce, DeWitt, and Tra Dickson, JW Seale, Christian Bloodworth and Tucker Thompson, all of Marion. Not pictured are Michael Fogleman, Marion; Taylor Parks, Republic, Mo.; James Powell, Fayetteville, and Elliott Pruett, Summers.
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Winners of first place in the first flight from Cache River Valley Seed LLC are, from left, Adam Compton, North Little Rock; Richie Workman, Little Rock; Bradley Benton, Brinkley, and Tripp Morgan, Stuttgart.
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Winners of first place in the second flight from Gillette Grain Services Inc. are, from left, Keith Patterson, Wade Curry and Chris Koen, all of DeWitt, and Kirk Vansandt, St. Charles.
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HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. – The 14th Annual Delta Classic Scholarship Golf Tournament raised more than $33,000 to fund scholarships for the Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences Department in the University of Arkansas Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences.

Robert Bacon, head of the department, said the tournament, which was held July 19 at Helena Country Club, has raised more than $300,000 for scholarships in 14 years. Since 2000, 123 scholarships have been awarded.

Delta Classic scholarships of $2,000 for the 2013-2014 school year have been awarded to seven crop science students: Regan Counce of DeWitt, Tra Dickson of Marion, Hunter Harris of Stuttgart, Taylor Parks of Republic, Mo., James Powell of Fayetteville, and JW Seale of and Tucker Thompson, both of Marion.

This year, the James L. Barrentine Endowed Scholarships were awarded for the first time. Three sophomore crop science majors are receiving $2,500 each: Christian Bloodworth and Michael Fogleman, both of Marion, and Elliott Pruett of Summers. Barrentine, a former department head, started the tournament in 1999.

Josh Cunningham of Lonoke was the tournament director. An agriculture financial services officer with AgHeritage Farm Credit Services, he is a member of the CSES Alumni and Friends organization.

Corporate sponsors for the tournament included Allen Canning Co., Arkansas Farm Bureau, DuPont Pioneer and Monsanto. Hole sponsors were Ag Hertitage Farm Credit Services, AGRICEN A Loveland Products Company, Arkansas Rice Council, Armor Seed LLC, BASF Ag Products, Cache River Valley Seed LLC, Cheminova Inc., Dow AgroSciences, Entomology Group (U of A), Fuller Seed and Supply, Gillett Grain Services Inc., Hickory Hill Pharmacy, Ludwig Distributing Co. Inc., Producers Rice Mill Inc., Riceland Foods Foundation, RiceCo LLC, Rice Research and Extension Center, Southern Farmer Tshirt Co. and Weed Science Group (U of A).

Team sponsors included Actagro LLC, Adams Fertilizer Equipment, Ag-Pro Companies, Alice-Sidney Dryer and Seed Co., Crop Production Services (Bernie, Mo.), Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences; Delta Grow Seed Company, DuPont Crop Protection, Farmers and Merchants Bank, Mid-South Ag Equipment Inc., Progeny Ag Products, RiceTec Inc., Southern Ag Resources LLC, Southern Bancorp, Stratton Seed Co., Stanley and Co. LLC and Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc.

Donors included Bank of Fayetteville, H & M Lumber, Helena Country Club, Helena National Bank, Isle of Capri-Lula, Lawhon Seed Co., Mack’s Prairie Wings, McKee Foods Corp. and Sam’s Club.

Members of CSES Alumni and Friends participating included Jim Barrentine, Grant Carter, Adam Compton, Matt Cordell, Josh Cunningham, Gloria Fry, Ruben Garza, Otis Howe Jr., Otis Howe III, Darrin Malone, Dick Oliver, Johnny Roach, Scott Rushing, Dale Smith, Ron Talbert and Richie Workman.

2013 Delta Classic Winning Teams and Sponsors

First Flight
First place: Cache River Valley Seed LLC – Adam Compton, North Little Rock; Richie Workman, Little Rock; Bradley Benton, Brinkley, and Tripp Morgan, Stuttgart.
Second place: Ag Heritage Farm Credit Services (Team No. 1) – Chad Gentry, Lonoke; Josh Cunningham, Lonoke; Blake Swindle, Benton; and Charles Nicholson, Little Rock.
Third place: Southern Farmer Tshirt Co. – Vesper Haynes, Adam Sistrunk, Tyler Farrar and Leo Vyviol, all of Bastrop, La.

Second Flight

First place: Gillette Grain Services Inc. – Keith Patterson, Wade Curry and Chris Koen, all of DeWitt, and Kirk Vansandt, St. Charles.
Second place: Farmers and Merchants Bank – Brad Chambless, DeWitt; Heath Whitmore, St. Charles; Bradley Hargrove, DeWitt, and Joel Rawls, DeWitt.
Third place: Southern Ag Resources LLC – Brad Koen, DeWitt; Kirk Whitmore, St. Charles; Greg Hackney, Gilbert, and Jeff Rader, DeWitt.