Five lucky golf fans will caddie for the pros at Predator Ridge June 16-
VANCOUVER, June 6 /CNW/ - Five Canadian golf fans will have the chance of
a lifetime to caddie for the PGA pros at the TELUS World Skins Game in support
of BC Children's Hospital Foundation.
The caddie auction this year brought in $45,100 for BC Children's
Hospital Foundation. More than $126,000 has now been raised from TELUS World
Skins Game caddie auctions in support of local charities.
Di Balsor, of Surrey, B.C., placed the winning bids for three caddie
spots with the PGA pros playing at the 2008 TELUS World Skins Game. Balsor bid
$12,200 for Greg Norman, $10,600 for Canadian star Mike Weir and $6,100 for
Colin Montgomerie. Red Deer, Alberta's Vince Moreli bid $10,600 to caddie for
Fred Couples and Garry Kokolski of Edmonton, Alberta, bid highest at $5,600 to
caddie for Camilo Villegas.
The TELUS World Skins Game annual charity caddie auction ran May 25 to
June 4. Golf fans were able to bid at eBay.ca for the chance to serve as the
personal caddie for one of their favourite professional golfers. The five
highest bidders for each caddie position will get to caddie at Predator Ridge
June 16-17 for PGA golf stars Mike Weir representing Canada, Fred Couples
representing the United States, Greg Norman representing Australia, Colin
Montgomerie representing his native Scotland, and rising young star Camilo
Villegas representing Colombia.
"I would like to thank the pros - Mike Weir, Fred Couples, Greg Norman,
Colin Montgomerie and Camilo Villegas - for their generosity in donating these
caddie positions and to thank the fans who have stepped up to support the kids
at BC Children's Hospital," said Darren Entwistle, TELUS President and CEO.
"It's going to be the experience of a lifetime to caddie for a PGA pro at a
TELUS World Skins Game, but the real winners are going to be the children who
rely every day on the expert care at BC Children's Hospital. We look forward
to raising even more money for BC Children's Hospital Foundation when the
TELUS World Skins Game comes to Predator Ridge June 16-17."
Each caddie package includes two nights luxury accommodation at the
Okanagan Grand, Kelowna, with travel provided to and from the golf course each
day, and a two-day "grounds pass" to the TELUS World Skins Game for the
"We're grateful to the pros and to all the fans who participated in the
caddie auction," said Sue Carruthers, president and CEO of BC Children's
Hospital Foundation. "By carrying clubs for some of the world's greatest
golfers, they are lifting a burden from BC children and families who already
have a lot on their shoulders."
The TELUS World Skins Game is a highlight of the Canadian summer sporting
schedule, not only for Canadian golf fans, but for the local community as
well. TELUS partners each year with a charitable organization that aligns with
TELUS' commitment to "give where we live". The 2008 TELUS World Skins charity
partner is BC Children's Hospital Foundation, which supports the provision of
expert care for the province's most seriously ill or injured children.
Predator Ridge is consistently ranked as one of the finest golf courses
in the country and is one of only two public golf courses in Western Canada to
be named in Score Magazine's Canadian Top 25 for the past eight years. Opened
in 1991, Predator Ridge features an incredible 27-hole layout along with a
world-class surrounding community. The resort also boasts swimming pools,
AVEDA(TM) spa, fitness centre, restaurants and a new golf course in the
The TELUS Skins Game, an event owned and operated by IMG in Canada for 16
years, has included many of the biggest names in the game including Jack
Nicklaus, Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson.
The TELUS World Skins Game is also sponsored by Nike Golf, OMEGA, GREY
GOOSE(R) Vodka, Audi, Desjardin, Michelin and Predator Ridge Golf Resort.
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $9.2 billion of annual revenue and 11.2 million
customer connections including 5.6 million wireless subscribers, 4.4 million
wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers. 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 alumni have
contributed $113 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and
volunteered more than 2.1 million hours of service to local communities since
2000. Eight TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead our local philanthropic
initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.
IMG is the world's premier sports, entertainment and media enterprise.
Operating in 30 countries, IMG's diverse businesses include: consulting
services; event ownership and management; fashion events and models
representation; licensing; golf course design; and client representation in
golf, tennis, broadcasting, speakers, European football, rugby, cricket, motor
sports, coaching, Olympic sports and action sports.
IMG Academies are the world's largest and most advanced multi-sport
training and educational facilities, delivering world-class sports training
experiences to more than 12,000 junior, collegiate, adult, and professional
athletes each year.
IMG's media and entertainment operations include content production
subsidiaries Darlow Smithson Productions, Tiger Aspect Productions and
Tigress. Globally, IMG produces and distributes more than 11,000 hours of
sports, documentary, drama, comedy, entertainment, popular factual and
children's content annually. IMG also represents the broadcast rights to many
of the world's premier sporting events and has the world's largest sports
archive with more than 250,000 hours of footage.
Forstmann Little & Co. purchased IMG in 2004.
More information about IMG is available at www.imgworld.com.
About Predator Ridge Resort
Located in Vernon, Predator Ridge Resort Community is an exceptional
place to vacation or call home. The 1,200-acre, award-winning development
boasts miles of natural wooded preserves ideal for hiking and biking.
Literally steps away is the namesake golf course, a 27-hole facility made up
of three different courses that has ranked in Canada's top 25 public golf
courses for eight years running. A full-service clubhouse, golf academy,
fitness centre, pools, an AVEDA(TM) spa and luxurious accommodation offer
guests a variety of activities on the resort in addition to its convenient
access to lakes, ski hills and wineries.
For more information please visit www.predatorridge.com.
For further information:
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Tel: (403) 530-4919, firstname.lastname@example.org; Jennifer Strachan, Predator
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