URBANA - The 10th annual Illini Dairy Classic Golf Outing will take place Friday, June 7, at noon at the University of Illinois Orange Course in Savoy.
The golf outing supports the Illini Dairy Judging Team and Dairy Challenge Team program, and is open to all alumni of the judging and challenge teams, Illini Dairy Club alumni, and dairy industry members, as well as friends and family. The cost is $80 per person or $300 for a team of four. Call to register in advance at 217-840-0157.
Gene McCoy, coach of the University of Illinois Dairy Judging Team, said the event is not only a great chance to play 18 holes of golf, but also an opportunity to visit with friends and alumni.
“It’s a great event for the university, but it’s also a good time for dairy-related people to get together,” McCoy said. “We get a good turnout of alumni, and past judging team members, as well as a lot of support from industry partners, sponsoring teams or holes.”
Registration will take place at 11 a.m., and a sack lunch will be provided. A shotgun start for the four-person scramble will take place at noon. Following the golf outing, the Illini Dairy Classic BBQ will begin at 4 p.m. in the golf course pavilion. Everyone is invited to attend this BBQ. The cost to attend the BBQ only (no golf) is $20.
Following the BBQ, awards will be presented, and attendees can participate in a live benefit auction featuring tickets to both Illini football and basketball games. Many other items will be up for bid as well.
"Our main goal when we started this was to pay for travel expenses for the Dairy Judging Team,” McCoy said. “When we had money left over, we would put in into the Foundation and over the last 10 years we’ve put in over $90,000, which has allowed us to award scholarships for deserving students.”
In case of rain, there will be no refunds or rain date; however, the BBQ would be moved to 2 p.m.
Those interested in supporting the Illini Dairy Judging Team, but who are unable to attend the outing, can become a hole sponsor. Contact HiDee Ekstrom at 217-333-4397 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or McCoy at 217-840-0157 for more information.