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August 11, 2011

Iowa Asian Alliance hosts second annual golf event
The Iowa Asian Alliance annual golf event will be held Sept. 8 at Echo Valley in Norwalk.

Golfers, this is your chance to try out a course you may have never had the privilege before at the Second Annual Golf Event benefiting the Iowa Asian Alliance (IAA) at private country club, Echo Valley in Norwalk.

The event will raise awareness of IAA's mission which is dedicated to uniting the state's Asian and Asian-American communities for the purposes of fostering economic growth, according to IAA treasurer Stan Lam. All are welcome to participate.

"Yes, it's good to raise proceeds for the Alliance, but our goal isn't to raise a tremendous amount of money," Lam said. "If we break even, we consider it a win. Golf is a great venue for bringing people together. It's fun and friendly."

This 4-Man or Woman Best ball golf event is a great chance for the community to become familiar with the IAA nonprofit organization and its members while having fun, he said. And because it's a "best ball" format, even novice and first-time golfers can play without the pressures of playing well.

"That's what makes it fun. You don't have to be a great golfer. You can take a break on one hole and play on a teammates ball," he said.

Individual golfers or business-formed teams of any skill level are welcome to participate. Check-in begins at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8 with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.

Early Bird Special fees are available until Aug. 15. The cost for an individual is $75 and $300 for a team of four. After Aug. 15 the cost for an individual is $85 and $340 for a team of four. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishing teams. Prizes will also be awarded for the longest drive, closest to the pin and longest put.

"New this year is a Hole-In-One contest with a chance to win $5,000," Lam said.

Businesses can also support the event by sponsoring a hole for only $150.

Golfing Enthusiasts can register or find more information at http://www.iowaasianalliance.com

Locker Room note:

One of the world's most famous golfers is now a comic book sensation. The new Tiger Woods biography comic book series, "Fame: Tiger Woods," was launched last week. The Bluewater Productions publication hit stores on July 13.

"Tiger Woods is, in most respects, the most famous golfer of all time," said Jason M. Schultz, executive vice president of Bluewater Productions Inc. "He may have had some recent troubles, but his life is one filled with very interesting tidbits."

The biography is just that — a peek into Woods' life and how it led to him becoming a national golf icon and one of the most famous sports stars in the history of the United States and the world. It's a way for sports fans, golf fans, Woods fans and even those who are obsessed with the celebrity gossip to learn about the man behind all of these news stories, Schultz said.

Woods appears on the cover, which was designed by artist Tony Foti. The interior art is illustrated by Marcelo Salaza and written by CW Cooke. The issue will retail for $3.99 and be available through most online venues like Amazon.com as well as local comic book stores. To order the book online at http://www.barnesandnoble.com.

The "Fame" series was launched earlier in 2010 as a companion piece to the successful "Female Force" and "Political Power" biography titles. The comic allows Bluewater to delve into the celebrity culture and understand how a person rises to fame, deals with the newfound celebrity and continue to produce in the public eye. CV



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