The South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC) utilized the Beef Checkoff to place BEEF center stage as the official protein though multiple venues at the Sanford International Tour of Champions tournament which took place September 7-13, 2020, in Sioux Falls, SD. Thousands of golf enthusiasts were in attendance with many stopping down at “The Ranch” destination site located near the 17th green of the Minnehaha Country Club.
New to the tournament this year was the Grillin' on the Green event. The event brought together cattle industry and food service organizations to pair alongside 9 media personalities in a burger battle competition designed to highlight the versatility of real beef as teams competed for the Championship title by creating the best beef burger. Chef Justin Warner along with USD's strength and conditioning coach, Clete McLeod and SDSU's strength and conditioning coach, Nate Moe, were judges during the event.
"Grillin' on the Green was an absolute romp," states Chef Justin Warner. "With great sacrifice I subjected myself to judging 9 absolutely delicious burgers created by teams of two. The partnership of ranchers and media members was brokered by beef, and what a delectable partnership it turned out to be. The "chefs" overcame adversity in the form of century eggs and Sichuan oil, rising to the occasion with great success. Fans, friends and onlookers got a real kick out of the antics, jovial smack-talk and the not so subtle rivalry between my co judges Nate Moe and Clete McLeod. If this event is any indication of the next, a good time is guaranteed."
Participating in the event was the South Dakota Beef Breeds Council, South Dakota Farm Bureau, South Dakota Farmers Union, South Dakota Stockgrowers, South Dakota Cattlewomen, South Dakota Cattlemen's Auxiliary, South Dakota Cattlemens Association, Cattlemen's Beef Board, and Par Caterers. These groups paired up with Tri-state neighbor, WNAX, Ag Week TV, Midco, Sanford Sports, Results Radio, Kickin' Country, Cattle Business Weekly and Keloland Living.
For more information on the South Dakota Beef Industry Council and the Sanford International PGA partnership contact Suzy Geppert at [email protected] or call (605) 224-4722.
Posted: September 22, 2020