2009 Presidents Cup Captains head list of international stars coming to
Okanagan Valley in June
TORONTO, March 20 /CNW/ - Less than a month ago it was announced that
golf legends Fred Couples and Greg Norman would captain the U.S. and
International teams for the 2009 Presidents Cup, but this summer, they will
square off in another international competition, the 2008 TELUS World Skins
Game at Predator Ridge Golf Resort, located in the heart of British Columbia's
famous Okanagan Valley.
The TELUS World Skins Game returns to Predator Ridge, the site of the
2000 Skins Game, on Monday, June 16 and Tuesday, June 17 and will feature five
of the top names in golf, each representing a different country. Couples will
represent the United States in the event, with Greg Norman representing his
"We are excited to bring the TELUS World Skins Game in support of BC
Children's Hospital back to Predator Ridge and the beautiful Okanagan Valley,"
said Steve Podborski, executive director of TELUS Sport Marketing. "Each year,
the TELUS World Skins Game brings many of the biggest names in golf together
in support of worthwhile charities and this year it's all for the kids at BC
Children's Hospital. Presidents Cup captains Fred Couples and Greg Norman
going head-to-head this year at the TELUS World Skins Game will be a thrill to
Couples, a fifteen-time winner on the PGA Tour, including the 1992
Masters, is one of the most popular players in the history of professional
golf and is certainly no stranger to fans of the TELUS World Skins Game. In
his eight appearances in the Canadian golf event, Couples has won 62 Skins for
$1,110,000, the most of any player in the event's history. He has also won
more than $4 Million in the U.S. Skins Game over the years, giving him the
well-earned nickname "King of the Skins".
"I'm very much looking forward to returning to the TELUS World Skins
Game," said Couples. "In fact, I have not participated in the TELUS World
Skins since the last time it was held at Predator Ridge in 2000, so it will be
a nice chance to play again in front of the Canadian fans. They've always had
tremendous fields for this event, and I'm looking forward to going up against
the other players, including Greg."
The 2008 TELUS World Skins Game will represent Norman's third time
playing in the event. He won the event his first time out in 1997 with 13
Skins for $275,000 at Whistler's Nicklaus North Golf Club, interrupting the
early success enjoyed by Fred Couples who had won the event three of the
previous four years.
Tickets for the 2008 TELUS World Skins Game will go on sale Monday,
April 14 at 10 a.m. (PST) and can be purchased by calling 1-866-60SKIN1
(1-866-607-5461) or by visiting www.telusskins.com. The remaining three
players in the 2008 field will be announced over the next two weeks prior to
tickets going on sale.
"I have enjoyed my previous opportunities to come to Canada to play in
the Skins Game and wish to thank TELUS for the invitation to play in this
year's event," said Norman. "Given our appointments as Presidents Cup
Captains, I look forward to spending time with Fred, and starting what I'm
sure will be a spirited competition."
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 for the event with a charitable organization
that aligns with TELUS' commitment to "give where we live". The 2008 TELUS
World Skins charity partner will be BC Children's Hospital Foundation, which
supports the provision of expert care for the province's most seriously ill or
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
Speaking for Predator Ridge, Randy Zien said "we are honoured and proud
to be able to bring the TELUS World Skins Game back to Predator. Our staff,
our homeowners, and the entire community are ready to deliver the best Skins
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.
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $9.1 billion of annual revenue and 11.1 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. Committed to being
Canada's premier corporate citizen, we give where we live. Since 2000, TELUS
and our team members have contributed more than $113 million to charitable and
not-for-profit organizations and volunteered more than 2.1 million hours of
service to local communities. Eight TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead
our local philanthropic initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please
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:
For further information: Dave Haggith, IMG Canada, Tel: (416) 960-5312
ext. 120, firstname.lastname@example.org; Chris Gerritsen, TELUS Media Relations,
Tel: (403) 530-4919, email@example.com; Jennifer Strachan, Predator
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