Young Pro Wins 2015 Brokers International Iowa Open

Adam Schenk received a trophy and a $25,000 check for his score of 19-under-par in the Brokers International Iowa Open at Lake Panorama National Aug. 14-16. He is shown, left to right, with Sandy, Kelly and Jane McCarty, representing Brokers International; Gary Soreide, tournament director; Michael Kleinwolterink, LPN assistant pro; John Dinnebier, LPN general manager; Gary Babcock, LPN head pro; and Dan Wollner, LPN grounds superintendent.

By Susan Thompson

A 23-year-old pro from Indiana won the Brokers International Iowa Open held at Lake Panorama National Aug. 14-16. Adam Schenk of Vincennes, Ind., had a three-day score of 197, 19 strokes under par. That is the lowest score in the six years of the Brokers International tournament at the LPN. Schenk shot scores of 68, 65 and 64 to earn a $25,000 check. Nathan Lashley of Scottsdale, Ariz., was three strokes back and took second place.

Tori's Angels Foundation Helps Children in Need

Tori Heckman of Guthrie Center, on the right, attends all Tori’s Angels fundraisers, including this one in July in Johnston. She’s shown with Hazel Roy and Hazel’s mother Monica. Hazel is the 14th child sponsored by the Tori’s Angels Foundation.

By Susan Thompson

On a Sunday morning more than five years ago, Jackie Wicks of Panora stood up from her pew in the Panora United Methodist Church. Her granddaughter, five-year-old Tori Heckman of Guthrie Center, was born with a heart defect that had required multiple surgeries at a Des Moines hospital. “Everyone in the church was aware of Tori’s situation,” Wicks says. “After the last surgery, the doctors in Des Moines said there was nothing more they could do and sent her to Mayo Clinic. At Mayo, they said the same thing, and sent her home.”

Friends of Lake Panorama Board Makes Push for Sunset Beach Donations

The Friends of Lake Panorama is raising money to build this destination playground at Sunset Beach. A special mailing sent to all LPA members provides more details, and includes a donation guide.

By Susan Thompson

At its June 15 board meeting, the Friends of Lake Panorama board of directors voted to take steps to promote additional donations for a playground at Sunset Beach. One step is a letter that has arrived in the mailboxes of all Lake Panorama property owners. In the letter, Kirk Fischer, current president of the Friends board, said “everyone within the Lake Panorama community has a vested interest in recreational amenities that contribute to the community’s ongoing success.”