Sponsorships and golf registrations are now being accepted for the 2012 Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open.

The annual event, set for Tuesday, July 24 at Veenker Memorial Golf Course in Ames, benefits the Lauren L. Christian Endowment which provides financial support for students and continued swine and pork educational opportunities through Iowa State University (ISU).

Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC) director John Mabry said that golf-hole sponsorship and registration prices are the same as the past several years, and that’s drawing a lot of attention.

“Already we have close to a half dozen teams registered and we encourage people to register soon because there’s a limit of 32 teams for the tournament,” he said. “Cost is $85 per person which includes golf, refreshments, noon lunch, and post-tournament reception and meal.”

Individual golf-hole sponsorships also are in demand at $250, with other sponsorship options available. Those who want to attend only the post-tournament activities may register for $25 per person.

The event brochure includes sponsor information and registration forms and is available on the IPIC Web site. Golf registration deadline is July 10 or when the field of 32 teams is reached.

The 18-hole, best-ball tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Following the tournament, players and others are invited to attend a reception, meal and awards program. Winners of the 2012 Lauren Christian undergraduate and graduate scholarships also will be honored during the program.

According to Mabry, who is former student of Christian, this event is a way to bring together those who knew and admired Christian."Lauren was a great teacher and mentor, and the Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open provides a social occasion for people to remember him and help increase the Lauren Christian endowment fund at ISU," he said.