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University of Iowa News Release

Jan. 27, 2004

Iowa Lions Clubs Golf Events Will Help Children

Amateur golfers across Iowa will have opportunities this year to play in a series of statewide tournaments sponsored by the Lions Clubs of Iowa to help fund vision and hearing screening programs for children.

Finkbine Golf Course on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City will host golfers July 21 on the tour's first stop. Event co-chairs Lori Short and Pat Mason explained that the proceeds help fund programs that provide vision and hearing services.

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 all of the golfers will play 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 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 Clubs of Iowa and the UI 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 the 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 members of Lions and Lioness of Iowa, 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 21 tournament at Finkbine Golf Course, contact Pat Mason at 319-356-2871 or patricia-mason@uiowa.edu, or Lori Short 319- 353-7616 or lori-short@uiowa.edu. For additional information about the tournament series or entering other tour events, contact Bob King at 319-828-1132 or louking@avalon.net.

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