The Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open will be held July 21 at Veenker Memorial Golf Course in Ames, Iowa. This annual event benefits the Lauren L. Christian Endowment, which provides financial support for undergraduate and graduate students and continued swine and pork educational opportunities through Iowa State University.

Christian was an internationally recognized expert in swine genetics and the first director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State. An faculty member there for 33 years, he also was a consultant for private and corporate firms associated with pork production.

The 18-hole, best-shot tournament begins with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. and includes lunch at the golf course. Following the tournament, players and others are invited to attend a reception, awards program and auction at the Farm Bureau Pavilion at Kildee Hall on the Iowa State University campus. Winners of the Lauren Christian undergraduate and graduate scholarships for 2009 will be honored. The activities will culminate with a pork meal at the Pavilion. See the registration form.

According to John Mabry, current IPIC director and former student of Christian, the 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," Mabry said.

The cost of the tournament and associated activities is $85 per person or $340 per four-person team. Those who want to attend only the reception, dinner and auction may register for $25 per person. The registration deadline is July 6 or when the field of 32 teams is reached. Those registering for the entire day are asked to indicate whether they plan to stay for the evening meal. For more information, contact IPIC at (515) 294-4103.