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-Madison Dairy Science Department is again sponsoring the Dave Dickson Memorial Golf Classic. This year's outing is scheduled for Wednesday, May 18 at the award winning University Ridge Golf Course in Madison.

University Ridge will also be hosting the PGA Tour's Champions Tour and the American Family Insurance Championship in late June.

The golf outing is the department's primary fund raiser event. All proceeds support the dairy science department's undergraduate student scholarship program and high impact learning activities such as student travel, hands-on learning laboratories, and undergraduate research. Last year's outing raised nearly $30,000 for those programs.

The Golf Classic uses a scramble format, where each team member plays the ball closest to the hole after each shot. The event is open to the public. A registration fee of $125 per golfer pays for 18 holes of golf, cart rental, free lunch and lots of prizes. The registration fee after April 20 will be $150.

Individuals or companies can support the event through a sponsorship or donation. One option is to sponsor a hole for $300 or $750 (the latter includes a team registration for four golfers). Beverage, lunch, breakfast and brat cookout sponsorships for $600 or $1,000 are also available and come with special event signage.

There will be both a silent and live auction, featuring a variety of dairy-related items and sports memorabilia. Donations of auction items are welcome and will be accepted until May 11.

'It's a great way to socialize and have fun, but more importantly, the event benefits our students. This is an opportunity to invest in the future of the dairy industry,' says Kent Weigel, chairman of the UW-Madison Department of Dairy Science.

Additional information and the event brochure can be found at dysci.wisc.edu. To register or to learn more about donations or sponsorships contact Cathy Rook by email at rook@wisc.edu or phone at 608-263-3308.

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