TELUS WORLD SKINS GAME TO FEATURE NIKE GOLF STARS AT FAIRMONT BANFF SPRINGS

Weekend winner at Wells Fargo Championship; 2009 U.S. Open Champion Lucas Glover and
emerging star Jhonattan Vegas round out the field for 2011 event

TORONTO, May 10 /CNW/ - With tickets for the 2011 TELUS World Skins Game going on sale next week, the final two players in the field were announced today. 2009 U.S. Open Champion Lucas Glover, who emerged victorious on Sunday with a playoff victory at the Wells Fargo Championship, and emerging Venezuelan star Jhonattan Vegas, will join fellow Nike Golf athletes Anthony Kim, Paul Casey and Stephen Ames as the world-class five-some battle on the famous Fairmont Banff Springs course.

Tickets for the annual Canadian golf tradition, taking place Monday, July 25 and Tuesday, July 26, will go on sale early next week (Monday, May 16 at 9 a.m. MT) and are priced at $155 for the two-day event. Fans can visit www.telusskins.com or call 1-866-60-SKIN-1 to purchase tickets.

"We were thrilled on Sunday watching Lucas Glover battle to a playoff victory at the Wells Fargo Championship, and we're just as excited to have him coming to the 2011 TELUS World Skins Game in Banff," said Vitalis Gomes, director of marketing for Nike Golf Canada. "Lucas' win on the weekend highlights the global talent on the Nike Golf staff and the TELUS World Skins Game is the perfect opportunity to bring five of those talented athletes together for two great days in one of Canada's premier golf destinations."

The TELUS World Skins Game is always a highlight of the Canadian summer sporting schedule for the country's most passionate golf fans, as well as the community that hosts it. Fulfilling its promise to "give where we live," the TELUS World Skins Game has raised more than $10 million since 2001 for a wide variety of important causes across Canada.

"The stage is now set for the 2011 TELUS World Skins game at the beautiful Fairmont Banff Springs golf course," said Monty Carter, senior vice-president, TELUS Enterprise Solutions. "To have Glover and Vegas included in the stellar line-up of players we've already announced, and the TELUS World Skins' annual support of causes important to the community, will help create the most exciting golf event of the year."

In addition to Glover's win on the weekend, it was already an exciting year for Nike Golf which is riding a wave of momentum with global tournament wins and game-changing products such as the Lunar Control shoe, worn by Masters champion Charl Schwartzel; the METHOD putter that has won 20 championships including three majors; and the revolutionary new 20XI premium ball with an innovative resin core that provides more distance off the tee and more spin around greens. Nike Golf, the No. 1 apparel brand in golf, is also celebrating the 20th anniversary of its DRI-Fit technology which modernized golf apparel with its moisture-wicking properties.

Designed in 1928 by Canada's world-renowned golf course architect, Stanley Thompson, The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course is famous for its panoramic beauty and challenging layout set in the heart of Banff National Park. The course winds along the Bow River under the snow-capped peaks of Sulphur Mountain and Mount Rundle.

"The TELUS World Skins Game has always featured some of the most prominent players in the game, and our partnership with Nike Golf, with Lucas Glover's big win on the weekend, is a testament to the fact that it is a world-class event," said Danny Fritz, vice president and managing director of IMG Canada. "The fans in Banff, and those watching on TSN across the country, will be in for a treat in July."

Owned and operated by IMG in Canada for 19 years, the TELUS World Skins Game has included many of the biggest names in the game including Jack Nicklaus, Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples and Greg Norman. Updates on the 2011 tournament will be posted on www.telusskins.com.

About IMG
IMG Worldwide is a global sports, entertainment and media business, with nearly 3,000 employees operating in 30 countries around the globe. IMG's areas of expertise are diverse and wide ranging: IMG College is the leader in collegiate marketing, licensing and media rights.  IMG's Joint Ventures, IMG Reliance, IMX and IMG CCTV, in the emerging markets of India, Brazil and China, offer the company significant long-term growth opportunities.

IMG Media is the world's largest independent producer and distributor of sports programming. IMG Events and Federations owns and manages some of the most sought after events and includes long standing associations with the world's most important sports organizations, leagues, and federations.  IMG Fashion owns and operates fashion events around the world and IMG Models represents the world's top models and leading designers and IMG Art+Commerce represents the most influential photographers, art directors and stylists. For the past 50 years IMG Clients has been the global leader in talent representation, including over 1,000 elite athletes, coaches, industry executives and prestigious sports organizations across the sports, entertainment, fashion and media industries. IMG Academies is the world's largest and most advanced multi-sport training and educational facility delivering sports training experiences to more than 12,000 dedicated athletes from approximately 80 countries every year. IMG Consulting connects many of the world's leading brands with consumers through access to unique sports and entertainment properties.  IMG Licensing is considered one of the premier independent licensing companies in the sports, entertainment and media world.  More information is available at www.imgworld.com.

About TELUS 
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $9.9 billion of annual revenue and 12.3 million customer connections including 7 million wireless subscribers, 3.7 million wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers and more than 350,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video.

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees will, by year-end 2011, have contributed $245 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.1 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Ten TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS' local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.

For more information about TELUS, please visit www.telus.com. To learn more about TELUS' commitment to the community, please visit www.telus.com/csr.

About Nike Golf Canada
Based in Thornhill, Ontario, Nike Golf Canada markets, sells and distributes industry leading Nike Golf equipment, apparel, balls, footwear, bags and accessories throughout Canada. Nike Golf is passionately dedicated to honouring and respecting the traditions and heritage of the game, and to providing committed golfers with the absolute best equipment in the game. For more information on Nike Golf Canada, visit www.nikegolf.ca. Journalists seeking editorial information and downloadable images, visit www.nikegolf.com/presscenter.

SOURCE TELUS Skins Game

For further information:

Dave Haggith
IMG Canada
Tel: 647-788-8055
E-mail: dave.haggith@imgworld.com       



Chris Gerritsen
TELUS Media Relations
Tel : 403-808-9591
E-mail : chris.gerritsen@telus.com

 

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