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MIDNIGHT GOLF FOR INSOMNIACS

 -- An Invitational Artic Open Golf Championship to be played
 June 23-26, 1993 during the summer solstice --
 AKUREYRI, Iceland -- If Pebble Beach and St. Andrews stir a golfer's dreams, the Artic Open Championship at the Akureyri Golf Club in Iceland promises a golfing experience that challenges the very traditions of the game.
 By special arrangement with ICELANDAIR, The Akureyri Golf Club is inviting guests to participate in this annual event which attracts golfers from around the world. Closer to the Artic Circle than any 18-hole golf course in the world, the Akureyri Golf Club was founded in 1935 and sports 6,400 yards of geological challenge. Akureyri is in northern Iceland, snugly nestled along the longest fjord in the country, surrounded by fisheries and fertile farms.
 Played in the nighttime sunshine of the summer solstice, the first round of the tournament begins at 8 p.m. and plays through the "night" of the longest day of the year. A guest from England is quoted as saying that he "once went into a sand trap and didn't get out until the next day."
 The tournament is open to amateurs and professionals alike. The handicap limit is 28 for men and 36 for ladies. The 36-hole championship is organized in two sections, scratch and handicap. In 1992, there were 100 players, of whom 30 were guests that journeyed from eight countries.
 Founded in 1935, the club offers verdant fairways framed by glacial outcroppings and heated radiantly by volcanic warmth. Errant shots may find traps filled with black volcanic sand. The variable weather is reminiscent of Scotland.
 An eight-day package trip has been arranged through ICELANDAIR departing Baltimore June 20, returning one week later on June 27, 1993. The trip provided two days of sightseeing and golf at a choice of several challenging courses in and around Reykjazvik prior to flying to Akureyri. The four days in Akureyri include open golf, a reception, the tournament, and an awards dinner. Cost of the package is $1,890 including air fare from Baltimore, hotels, transfers, and tournament fees. Single supplement is $200.
 Reservations and additional information are obtainable from Travel Management Corp., 225 E. Deerpath, Suite 201, Lake Forest, Ill., 60045, 1-800-486-4084.
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 /CONTACT: Dick Griffith or Glynis Steadman, both of Griffith & Associates, 312-263-6481, for ICELANDAIR/


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