Iowa's Annual Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open Planned For July 20

Iowa's Annual Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open Planned For July 20

Registrations and sponsorships are now being accepted; golf registration deadline is July 6 or when limit of 32 teams is reached.

The 2010 Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open will be held July 20 at Veenker Memorial Golf Course in Ames, Iowa. This annual event benefits the Lauren L. Christian Endowment, which provides financial support for outstanding undergraduate and graduate students and continued swine and pork educational opportunities through Iowa State University.

Christian was an internationally recognized expert in swine genetics and the first director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC) at ISU. An ISU faculty member for 33 years, he also was a consultant for private and corporate firms associated with swine production.

Lauren Christian was internationally known for swine genetics

The 18-hole best ball tournament begins with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. and includes lunch at the golf course. Following the tournament, players and others are invited to attend a reception, pork meal and awards program at the Farm Bureau Pavilion at Kildee Hall on the ISU campus. Winners of the Lauren Christian undergraduate and graduate scholarships for 2010 will be honored, and new this year, people can bid on a variety of items during a silent auction.

The cost of the tournament and associated activities is $85 per person or $340 per four-person team. Those who want to attend only the reception, dinner and auction may register for $25 per person. The golf registration deadline is July 6 or when the field of 32 teams is reached. Those registering for the entire day are asked to indicate whether they plan to stay for the evening meal.

The registration form is available on the IPIC website  For more information, contact IPIC at 515-294-4103.

According to John Mabry, IPIC director and a former student of Christian, the event is a way to bring together those who knew and admired Christian.

"Lauren was a great teacher and mentor, and the Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open provides a social occasion for people to remember him and help increase the Lauren Christian endowment fund at ISU," notes Mabry.

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