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Farmers Switch From Drought To Divots

By Perry Groten
Published: August 17, 2012, 5:55 PM

Farmers Switch From Drought To Divots
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An outing at the Brandon Golf Course on Friday was a much-needed diversion from the stresses of drought facing South Dakota farmers.

But, these players wouldn't have minded a little rain to spoil their tee-time.

The rolling hills of the Brandon Golf Course offered the greenest grass these farmers have seen all summer long.

"It looks like a good place to run some cattle to me, green grass," De Smet farmer Bob Montross said.

More than 200 golfers, many with ties to agriculture, played in the tournament.  But drought remained the toughest opponent to farmers going for the green.

"It is a disaster at this point, but we're just hoping we can catch some rains between now and next year and we don't have to repeat it next year," Mitchell farmer Troy Moller said.

Golf is a therapeutic outlet for players taking out their farming frustrations on the course.

"In the middle of a drought like we're having, it's kind of nice to be able to commiserate with other people that are in the same industry as you at this point," Moller said.

And in a summer of drought, the players were pretty much assured that they'd get their round of golf in.

"We were hoping it was going to get rained out but it didn't, so we're kind of happy for the good day, but if it had starting raining right now, I don't think anybody out here would complain," Moller said.
It won't be much longer before golf carts give way to combines playing through.  But in the meantime, these players will keep their eyes on the ball and their thoughts on the crop.

The tournament raised money for the Beef Bucks promotion, which offers pre-paid checks and debit cards to purchase beef anywhere in the United States.  Organizers say they're confident beef prices will remain reasonable, even if the drought worsens.

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