Golf event draws big crowd

FAIRMONT – Interlaken Golf Club was awash with shorts and polo shirts Monday for the 22nd annual Minnesota State Pork Masters Golf Outing.

About 250 golfers, including 150 pork producers and 95 sponsors, participated in the event.

Golf carts zipped up and down Amber Lake Drive, hauling golfers to the club from their vehicles, which lined the street on both sides for several blocks.

Two tee times, shotgun starts at 7 a.m. and 1 p.m., were needed to accommodate the large number of entries.

“It’s not hard to sell sponsorships, year after year. We sell out in about three weeks, and then we have a waiting list,” said Tom Steffes of the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Agri-Business and Ambassadors committees of the Chamber and the Martin County Pork Producers coordinate the tournament.

The Pork Producers outing maintains a lofty reputation and is one of the premier tournaments in the area. In addition to Minnesota, entrants came from North and South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois and even Tennessee, Steffes said.

“They come from all over. They’re happy with the people they meet here and how friendly everyone is,” he said.

The Martin County Pork Producers are “multi-million dollar industry in the county,” Steffes said, so it’s appropriate they sponsor such an outstanding tournament.

“It’s a great event for Martin County,” he said.