AMES, Iowa — The Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open has some changes for its 2013 occasion, beginning with an earlier date. John Mabry, animal science professor at Iowa State University, leads the planning and said this year’s tournament is set for Wednesday, June 26, at Veenker Memorial Golf Course in Ames, the day before Iowa State’s annual Iowa Swine Day.
“We hope this earlier date allows folks to take part when temperatures may not be as hot as some previous years,” Mabry said. “We also wanted to coordinate this around Iowa Swine Day, and encourage people to check their calendars now.”
The cost of the golf tournament and golf associated activities is $85 per person ($340 per four-person team) and the registration deadline is June 12, or when the field of 32 teams is reached. The registration form is available on the Iowa Pork Industry Center website.
The 18-hole best ball tournament will begin 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 and awards program. Winners of the Lauren Christian undergraduate and graduate scholarships for 2013 also will be honored during the program.
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. Christian was an internationally recognized expert in swine genetics and the first director of IPIC. An Iowa State faculty member for 33 years, he also was a consultant for private and corporate firms associated with swine production.
Mabry, who is a former IPIC director and former student of Christian, said 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 Iowa State," Mabry said.