LEXUS Named National Founding Partner of Canadian Junior Golf Association



    MARKHAM, ON, March 7 /CNW/ - The CANADIAN JUNIOR GOLF ASSOCIATION (CJGA)
continues to garner support from the corporate community as it was announced
today that LEXUS has signed a multi-year deal with the association, becoming
the CJGA's second national founding partner.
    LEXUS joins HSBC BANK CANADA as CJGA national founding partners in an
arrangement that will improve the opportunities for Canada's junior golfers at
the grassroots level.
    "LEXUS is pleased to become a National Founding Partner of the CJGA,"
said Stuart Payne, Director of Lexus in Canada. "We have long been involved in
the golfing community in Canada, and we feel strongly about developing and
driving the skills of young golfers."
    "We're thrilled to have LEXUS on board as the newest national founding
partner of the CJGA," said Earl Fritz, Executive Director of the CJGA. "With
their support, the CJGA will initiate several new programs on a national scale
designed to create interest in and awareness for the game of golf at the
introductory, developmental stages."
    The partnership will result in the creation of the LEXUS CJGA SKILLS
COMPETITIONS at each CJGA Junior Tour (ages 11 - 19) and Junior Linkster Tour
(Ages 5 - 12) event in 2007 - a number that exceeds 80 tournaments. The skills
competitions will include a long drive contest as well as a closest to the pin
shootout.
    Additionally, LEXUS will become the OFFICIAL VEHICLE SUPPLIER TO THE
CJGA, as it will provide the association with a fleet of vehicles to be used
by travelling tournament staff during the summer months.
    LEXUS is no stranger to the golf industry having recently aligned with
the United States Golf Association (USGA) as its automotive partner and the
official vehicle of the U.S. Open. Additionally, LEXUS has sponsored the Ryder
Cup style LEXUS Cup since 2005. The world's top professional women golfers
representing Asia as well as an international team compete in the tournament
annually. On an individual level, LEXUS has sponsored the best female golfer
in the world, Annika Sorenstam, for a number of years.

    About LEXUS

    LEXUS in Canada is the exclusive Canadian distributor of LEXUS luxury
cars and sports utility vehicles through a sales and service network of 30
dealers across Canada. An industry leader for product quality and ownership
satisfaction since its inception, LEXUS has sold more than 80,000 vehicles in
Canada. The LEXUS RX 350 SUV, a benchmark in the luxury sport utility vehicle
segment, is built for the North American market in Cambridge, Ontario. For
more information about LEXUS products, and LEXUS' pursuit of perfection, visit
www.lexus.ca.

    About the CJGA

    Registered federally as a not-for-profit association, the Canadian Junior
Golf Association (CJGA) is dedicated to providing Canada's junior golfers with
the necessary skills and knowledge required to lay a foundation for a future
in competitive golf. Through its six-stage competitive development program
that focuses on tournaments, clinics, international competitions, and
mentoring programs with PGA Tour professionals, the CJGA introduces the game
to juniors as young as five and offers competitive multi-day events for the
more advanced golfer. The CJGA acts as a feeder system to provincial and
national competitions, collegiate and university golf, as well as professional
and recreational golf. For more information please visit www.cjga.com. The
Canadian Junior Golf Association is generously supported by its National
Founding Partners, HSBC Bank Canada and LEXUS.





For further information:

For further information: Rick Betts, Director, Media Relations and
Communications, Canadian Junior Golf Association, 1-877-508-1069 Ext. 233,
rick.betts@cjga.com; Kathryn Ruhland, Manager, Public Relations, Lexus
Division, (416) 431-8333, media@lexus.ca


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