March 27, 2005

The snow is all but gone, the grass gets a little greener each day and the pairings are set for this year’s Final Four. So, what does all this mean for greater eastern Iowa? Well, for fans of the game of golf, it means Finkbine Golf Course, the University of Iowa’s award-winning 18-hole layout, is ready for business.

If Mother Nature cooperates, Finkine will open for the 2005 golf season on Monday, March 28. The course is entering its second full year with bent grass from tee to green.

“The course has come out of winter in great shape. Year 2 of the new turf will only be better than year 1,” said Terry Anderson, head coach of the UI’s men’s golf team and Finkbine’s Director of Golf Operations.

Anderson is in his 12th season at Iowa. He was named Iowa’s PGA Golf Professional of the Year in 2004. Chad Mejia is Finkbine’s PGA Head Professional.

Greens fee rates will be as follows for the 2005 season. The 18-hole rate for the public during the weekday, weekend and twilight is $30, $37 and $16, respectively. UI faculty and staff will pay $25, $32 and $16 and even greater savings on weekday and weekend play after 2 p.m. UI students will pay $21, $26 and $16 and, like UI faculty and staff, will save if the tee off after 2 p.m.

For a complete summary of Finkbine rates, telephone numbers for tee times and the clubhouse, and more, click HERE.

Finkbine will again host a number of public and private events in 2005 including the annual AEGON Advantage. This year’s Advantage will be played the first week of June and, as always, will feature a variety of current and former UI coaches and student-athletes. Staged by UI Athletic Department with generous support from AEGON USA, a worldwide financial services leader with corporate headquarters in Cedar Rapids, the Advantage generates revenue use to fund improvements to Finkbine.

For more information about the AEGON Advantage, contact Mary Jo Kinney at the UI Sports Marketing Office at (319) 335-9431.