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Swinging for Scholarships: ALP's Greenside Pursuit for Future Ag Leaders


In a commendable effort to support the next generation of agricultural leaders, the Almond Leadership Program's (ALP) Class of 2024 is set to host its fifth annual golf tournament on May 2 at the esteemed Dragonfly Golf Course in Madera. The event aims to raise funds for the California FFA Foundation, with money raised to be allocated towards scholarships for FFA members. 

Ryan McCoon, Almond Leadership Program participant and co-chair of the golf tournament knows how influential FFA can be to students. “My time in FFA was impactful, like it is to many young people as either an introduction to agriculture or a program to build skills and character,” he said. “I couldn't imagine a better benefactor than the FFA Foundation.” 

Participation in the tournament comes at a cost of $700 per foursome, encompassing golf fees, carts, breakfast, and lunch. Prizes will be awarded for achievements in the scramble format, long drive, and closest to the pin. The event will commence with registration and breakfast at 6:30 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 8 a.m. 

Sponsorship opportunities are also available, ranging from $250 to $2,350, inclusive of a foursome and advertising as part of event promotions. 

Rebecca Bailey, senior specialist in industry relations for the Almond Board, underscores the event's importance, stating, "These high school seniors 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 primary objective of the event is to raise $25,000 for scholarships, constituting one of the two major annual fundraising endeavors organized by ALP class members. The second initiative is a silent auction held during the annual Almond Conference in December. 

Zac Days, Almond Leadership Program participant and golf tournament co-chair, noted why it’s important to encourage the younger generation to continue in agriculture. “Being able to support the next generation of agricultural leaders through California FFA is truly rewarding,” he said. “Our industry thrives on the passion and dedication of young individuals, and I'm honored to play a role in fostering their growth.” 

The Almond Leadership Program seeks to foster a culture of lifelong leadership development, networking, education, and service within the almond community. For additional information about the tournament, please refer to the event flyer. Those interested in participating can register by completing the entry form. Inquiries may be directed to event co-chairs Zac Days or Ryan McCoon.