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Fore! Almond Leadership Program Members Plan 2022 Golf Tournament


Men and women associated with the almond industry who also enjoy golf are invited to tee it up again this year as part of an effort to support students who intend to pursue careers in agriculture. 

The Almond Board of California’s Leadership Program Class of 2022 will host its fourth annual golf tournament May 26 at Dragonfly Golf Course in Madera. Money raised from the event will be donated to the California FFA (Future Farmers of America) Foundation to be awarded in the form of scholarships to FFA members. 

“This event is important because the students who benefit from the scholarships are important,” said Rebecca Bailey, specialist in industry relations for the Almond Board. “These current ag students are the future leaders of the California ag industry and within their local communities. College is expensive, so being able to support students as they pursue higher education will help to ease financial and stress-related burdens.” 

The cost is $150 per player, or $600 per foursome. That includes golf fees and cart as well as breakfast and lunch. There will be prizes for best score in the scramble format, long drive and closest to the pin. A shotgun start will happen at 8 a.m. 

There are also sponsorship opportunities ranging from $250 to $2,250 that include a foursome as well as advertising as part of event promotions. 

The goal of the event is to raise $15,000 from the tournament, which is one of two major fund-raising efforts organized each year by the members of the Almond Leadership Program. The second is a silent auction conducted during the annual Almond Conference in December.  

“We are expecting an equally optimistic group of golfers that we have seen in the past to join us toward reaching our goal,” said Rodney Ratzlaff, the tournament co-chairman and one of 17 members of this year’s Almond Leadership Program. 

The leadership program seeks to engage members of the almond community in creating a culture of lifelong leadership development, networking, education and service.  

“The program aims to equip participants with the knowledge and connections to serve in leadership roles within the industry, whether that be within ABC or local organizations, like their county farm bureau or water board,” Bailey explained. 

Register your foursome today with this entry form. Contact event co-chairmen Rodney Ratzlaff at or Arjun Samran at for questions and more information.