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University of Iowa News Release

May 22, 2003

Golf Tour To Benefit Iowans

Amateur golfers from across Iowa will play in a statewide tour sponsored by the Lions Clubs of Iowa to help Iowans see and hear better. The date for the tournament to be held at Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City will be July 16.

Celebrity golfers, led by KCRG-TV personalities Josh Baynes, John Campbell, Denny Frary, John Phelan and Scott Saville, will be on hand. Golfers can win a car for a hole-in-one shot and will have opportunities to win other prizes. Golfers will also receive free lunches from Hy-Vee in Coralville and gift bags for their participation.

Event co-chairs Lori Short and Pat Mason explained that the proceeds help fund programs that provide vision and hearing services for Iowans. "All of the tournaments in the series promise to be a fun experience for participants, and a great way to help Iowans see and hear better," 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 the tournaments 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 July 16 Finkbine Golf Course tournament, contact Pat Mason at 319-356-2871 or by e-mail at 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. Information is also available online at http://webeye.ophth.uiowa.edu/dept/News/2003-golf.htm.

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STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room 8798 JPP, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Lori Short, 319-353-7616, lori-short@uiowa.edu. Writer: Tom Moore.