The fourth annual T-Bone Classic golf outing took place on Sept. 12 at the award winning Big Sky Resort Golf Course. Four years ago, MSGA recognized a need to lessen the gap between Montana’s business and livestock communities. The T-Bone Classic was created with the primary mission to help fulfill this need by building relationships between these two communities that are both essential to Montana’s economy. This year MSGA partnered with our Research & Education Endowment Foundation (REEF) to help strengthen the existing relationships and help forge new relationships between Montana businesses and livestock communities.
REEF Chair, John Grande of Martinsdale, says the events at Big Sky went great! “The T-Bone Classic and Gala at Big Sky provided a unique opportunity to get acquainted with some great folks from different sectors of the Montana business community, as well as fellow ranchers. The Big Sky Mountain Village and the golf course down in the Meadow Village provided a warm and scenic venue for visiting with friends both old and new. Additionally, the MSGA Foundation trustees were able to take advantage of this relaxed setting to spend time in several meetings and informal discussions that helped to develop a new and more targeted direction for the Foundation. We look forward to the rollout of several new projects in the near future. The team at Big Sky Resort and a list of sponsors too numerous to mention really came through in making this a great event for the Stockgrowers organization.”
The tournament was followed by a beautiful evening at the Huntley Lodge overlooking lone peak enjoying the best T-bone steak Montana has to offer. The evening provided the opportunity for 100 Montana ranchers and related beef industry representatives to network with other T-Bone Classic participants from major businesses across the state of Montana and neighboring states.
MSGA and REEF would like to thank the many T-Bone Classic sponsors that helped make this unique event a success. A special thank you is extended to the members and staff of the Big Sky Resort. The well-kept course and courteous, proficient staff contributed in a large way to providing for an immensely successful fourth Annual T-Bone Classic.
In 2015, the T-Bone Classic will once again be scheduled for early September. The T-Bone Classic is designed to accommodate up to 30 teams with the intention that fifty percent of the teams originate from the heart of Montana’s ranch industry. MSGA will be searching for both ranch team and business team participants during the coming year. If your ranch can muster up a team for next year, let MSGA know you are interested. The prizes provided by the 18 hole sponsors, a hole-in-one to win a new Ford Pickup, or the best T-Bone steak we can offer could help make your day even more special!