Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open Planned for June 25

AMES, Iowa -- The calendar may show mid-February, but plans for the 2014 Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open are heating up. John Mabry, animal science professor at Iowa State University, leads the planning and said this year’s tournament is scheduled similarly to last year.

“We’re staying with late June for both the golf tournament and the Iowa Swine Day program,” Mabry said. “This allows people to attend both events without needing to make two trips to Ames.”

The 18-hole best ball tournament is set for Wednesday, June 25 at Veenker Memorial Golf Course in Ames. Iowa State’s Iowa Swine Day is the following day at the Scheman Building at the Iowa State Center.

Cost for the tournament remains the same at $85 per person ($340 per four-person team), which includes lunch, beverages and snacks. The registration deadline is Wednesday, June 11 or when the field of 32 teams is filled. The registration form is available on the Iowa Pork Industry Center website at

On-site registration will begin at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Awards and a reception honoring the 2014 recipients of the Lauren Christian undergraduate and graduate scholarships will follow the tournament at the course.

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.