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FSA Holds 19th Annual Golf Classic, Announces New Executive Director

Billy Thaggard and Cami Ellsworth, Market Street/United Supermarkets. The golf tournament started with a ball drop from a helicopter.

The FSA Scholarship Foundation held its 19th Annual Golf Classic at Bear Creek Golf Club in Dallas, Texas, on Sept. 15. FSA kicked off the event with a helicopter golf ball drop in front of retailer partners, vendor sponsors, volunteers and more than 170 players from the retail food industry.

The event took place on Bear Creek’s two courses. West course winners include the first place team, comprised of B. Shaffer, R. Flanary, C. Daniel and P McNamara, Southwest International Trucks; Closest to the Pin (men), Nick Smith; and Longest Drive (men), Garrett Welch.

East course winners include the first place team of S. Wylie, K. Saunders, L. Rust and A. Epperson, Hatco Electric; Closest to the Pin (men), Deric Morgan; Longest Drive (men), Scott Cline; and Longest Drive (women), Jessica Pruitt.

FSA Scholarship Foundation retail partners who have given continued to support to the annual event include Albertsons and Tom Thumb, Market Street/United Supermarkets, Minyard Sun Fresh Markets and The Kroger Co.

FSA thanked the many vendors for their sponsorships, including platinum sponsors Ben E. Keith Co., Longest Drive competition and beer; Procter & Gamble, dinner; and Southwest International Trucks, golfers gift.

Gold sponsors included Flowers Baking Co. of Denton, lunch; Dr Pepper Snapple Group, soft drinks; and Oak Farms Dairy.

Silver sponsors were Bimbo Bakeries USA, breakfast pastries; and Daisy Brand, Closest to the Pin.

Bronze sponsors included Community Coffee, Renfro Foods (helicopter ball drop), AlliedBarton, BGC Manufacturing, Brooklyn Brewery, Deep Ellum Brewing, DMNMedia, Enterprise Fleet Management, Frito-Lay, Full Sail Brewing, Hatco Electric, Jerry Durant Auto Group, Mission Foods, Ol’ Hap’s Authentic Barbeque Sauce, Sapporo USA, Stewart & Stevenson, Texas Motor Speedway and Woodchuck Hard Cider.

Red Sponsors included Borden, Harpoon Brewery, Hiland Dairy Farms, Reddy Ice and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.



Underwood is new foundation executive director

Linda Underwood
Linda Underwood

Linda Underwood has been named the new executive director of the FSA Scholarship Foundation. Her focus is on fundraising activities and the foundation’s scholarship program. She is a 28-year veteran of business development, sales, marketing, business and contract management for the aerospace industry. She holds a bachelor’s of science degree in business and an MBA from Arizona State University. During her time in the aerospace industry, Underwood earned several top performer awards in business management, sales and marketing. She resides in North Texas.

Pamelia Rost, executive director pro tem, has assumed the position of FSA development director. She now concentrates on the growth of the FSA endowment fund.

The FSA Scholarship Foundation also announced that its inaugural Food Industry Summit will take place in Dallas on Feb. 17. The event is for executives and management teams of food retailers and industry suppliers. It is in support of the FSA Scholarship Foundation and is designed to be an educational and relationship experience to inform, connect and motivate.

The nonprofit FSA promotes careers in the food retail industry by providing scholarships to high school seniors and adults in food retailing while building relationships between manufacturers, suppliers, brokers and retailers. Contact Underwood at for more information at [email protected]

About the author



An 11-year employee of The Shelby Report who writes for and about food. In previous lives, she worked at a police department in Texas and an amusement park in Arkansas. She also was a newspaper publisher for more than a decade. Not sure which of those qualified her for this job.

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