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Almond Leadership Program Raises Over $21,000 for FFA Scholarships

The Almond Board of California’s Almond Leadership Program (ALP) swung into action once again, hosting its annual golf tournament on Thursday, May 2, at the Dragonfly Golf Club in Madera. With 32 teams comprising a total of 128 enthusiastic golfers, the event teed off at 8 in the morning and concluded with triumph and camaraderie at 2 in the afternoon.

The day wasn’t just about perfecting that swing or sinking that elusive putt; it was about rallying together for a common cause — supporting the future of agriculture. This year’s tournament proved to be a hole-in-one for fundraising efforts, as it soared past the $21,000 mark. Every penny raised will be funneled into FFA scholarships, ensuring that budding agriculturalists have the financial support they need to nurture their dreams and ambitions.

The winning quartet, comprising of Ian Hudson, Mark Mallin, Danny Miller, and Max Sparrer, showcased not only their golfing prowess but also their commitment to the cause. Meanwhile, the event’s success owes much to the dedication of ALP program participants Zac Days and Ryan McCoon, who served as co-chairs, steering the tournament towards success.

The tournament provided a platform for industry members and FFA students alike to converge, forging bonds and making memories — all while championing a cause close to their hearts. The significance of these scholarships, as highlighted by ABC’s Rebecca Bailey, cannot be overstated. “College is expensive, so being able to support students as they pursue higher education will help to ease financial and stress-related burdens,” she emphasized.

In the grand tapestry of California agriculture, events like the ALP’s golf tournament serve as threads that bind communities together, weaving a future with promise and possibility.

For those interested in joining the ranks of future agricultural leaders, applications for the 2025 Almond Leadership Program will begin to be accepted in October. For more information, reach out to Rebecca Bailey at rbailey@almondboard.com.

In the end, it’s not just about sinking putts; it’s about raising hopes, one swing at a time. — By the Almond Board of California

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