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Beat Dr. Tom's Tee Shot at 4-H Golf Benefit


AMES, Iowa – Retired Drake men’s basketball coach, Tom Davis, plays the role of celebrity golfer for the 11th annual "Going for the Green" 4-H golf benefit at the Wakonda Club in Des Moines July 16. Iowa Farm Bureau, John Deere, Pioneer Hi-Bred and Toyota of Des Moines will sponsor the event arranged through the Iowa 4-H Foundation.

Davis was head coach for 13 seasons at the University of Iowa before finishing his 32-year career at Drake. He chalked up 598 wins as a Division I head basketball coach. Team photos will be taken with “Dr. Tom” on hole number 17 where players can try to beat the coach’s tee shot to win prizes.

New to this year’s benefit is a pre-tournament event sponsored by Osborn and Barr Communications in which one lucky player will try to shoot a hole-in-one for a $250,000 cash prize. Other hole-in-one event prizes include a John Deere riding lawn tractor and a three-month lease on a vehicle from Betts Auto Campus in Des Moines. More than $1,500 in prizes will be awarded to individuals and low-scoring foursomes.

Bayer CropScience and Successful Farming Magazine serve as hospitality sponsors for the day. An evening social and auction follow the best-shot tournament. Participants can bid on exclusive vacation packages, premium seats for Iowa sporting events and golfing at other popular Iowa courses.

Although the 2007 tournament is currently filled, a few non-golfing sponsorships are still available and tickets can be purchased for the evening social. Proceeds benefit Iowa’s 127,000 4-H youth, helping them develop the skills they need to be successful leaders, communicators and citizens. In Iowa, 4-H is a part of Iowa State University Extension through the 4-H Youth Development program and is headquartered on the ISU campus in Ames.

Tournament and auction information is available online at www.iowa4hfoundation.org or by calling the Iowa 4-H Foundation at (515) 294-1537.

Contacts :
Albert Grunenwald, Iowa 4-H Foundation, (515) 294-4780, abgrunen@iastate.edu Carol Ouverson, Extension Communications and Marketing, (515) 294-9640, couverso@iastate.edu