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Release: Nov. 13, 2002

Iowa Lions golf tournaments to assist in funding sight and hearing programs for kids

Amateur golfers across Iowa will have opportunities next year to play in a series of statewide tournaments sponsored by the Lions Clubs of Iowa to help children see and hear better.

Organizers announced the tournament series at the site of one of the stops on the tour, Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City, which will host golfers on May 16, 2003. Event co-chairs Lori Short and Pat Mason explained that the proceeds will help fund programs that provide vision and hearing services for children.

"The tournaments promise to be a fun experience for participants and a great way to help Iowa's kids," Short said.

The tournaments will be played on the state's finest courses, such as Finkbine, and will be supervised by Iowa Section PGA professionals and managed by Lou King & Associates. Participants will include Iowa celebrities and will all be played under a "scramble" format, which allows players of all skill levels to participate.

A substantial portion of the tournament entry fee will be tax deductible, since proceeds fund programs supported by the Iowa Lions Foundation, such as Coming To Your Senses, which provides early screening of vision and hearing for preschool children, and the Iowa Lions Eye Bank, which helps restore sight to Iowa's blind and visually impaired through corneal transplantation. Both of these programs are supported by partnerships between the Lions of Iowa and the University of Iowa department of ophthalmology and visual sciences.

"Vision loss affects a significant portion of our population," said William Scott, M.D., UI professor emeritus of ophthalmology and visual sciences, and ophthalmology medical director of Coming To Your Senses. "Early detection and treatment can prevent permanent and debilitating loss of sight. Currently children are not routinely screened until they enter school. For many, this is too late."

Nearly 13,000 Lions and Lionesses, representing nearly 400 clubs in the state, support sight and hearing programs in their own communities through the Iowa Lions Foundation.

For more information or to enter the May 16, 2003 Finkbine Golf Course tournament, contact Pat Mason at (319) 356-1046 or patricia-mason@uiowa.edu, or Lori Short at (319) 353-7616 or lori-short@uiowa.edu. For additional information about the tournament series, contact Bob King at (319) 828-1132 or louking@avalon.net.

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