Amateur Golfer Sinks Once-in-a-Lifetime Shot Wearing Running Shoes and
Using Rented Clubs at Symantec-Sponsored Eleventh Hole
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 13 /CNW/ - Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE: IM) is pleased
to announce one of its local solution provider partners was awarded $100,000
from Symantec Canada for sinking a hole-in-one at the distributor's annual
partner golf tournament hosted at the Club at Bond Head in Bond Head, Ontario.
For David Poley of Vale Business Products, a solution provider based in
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, it was a day to remember-using a stray ball with a
happy face drawn on it that he had picked up in the brush earlier that day,
Poley took one lucky swing and won the $100k Symantec-sponsored Hole-in-One
The golf tournament was a rare opportunity for the solution provider,
which, as a small two-man shop, caught the attention of vendors with its solid
service rather than large product purchases. Although he had planned to take
vacation that week, Poley took the two-hour drive to the tournament. "That
week, I even thought that maybe I wouldn't go, but in the end, I am glad I
did!" Poley said.
From the beginning, Poley had little expectation that the day would bring
anything more than some fun and a chance to get to know his business contacts
better. In fact, the occasional golfer left his ten-year old clubs at home in
favor of a set that could be rented at the course and chose running shoes over
more traditional footwear.
"Of all the people here, I was probably the most improbable to get a
hole-in-one," said Poley. "I had no expectations. I just swung and hit the
ball. At first it looked as if it was going right and long, which is typical
for me on a par three. The ball landed on the fringe and immediately made a
left because of the slope of the green. It began looking better and better
until it snuck in the back of the hole. All I remember is that there was lots
The eleventh hole was generously sponsored by Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq:
SYMC), which meant Poley's 150-yard shot captured the big prize of the day...
$100,000. Symantec insured the hole through Hole in One International, an
insurance company specializing in golf events, who paid out the prize.
The win set the tone for the day and turned a good event into a memorable
one. "It's a story that you don't forget because this hole-in-one created an
atmosphere of incredible excitement," said Mike Gazdic, vice president of
vendor management at Ingram Micro Canada. "Everyone stayed for the festivities
after. Symantec also told us they have first dibs on sponsoring the hole again
"We are thrilled to have contributed to this great event, and to see
David sink the hole-in-one and win the big cash prize was the icing on the
cake," says Lynn Hargrove, senior marketing manager, Symantec (Canada) Corp.
"We look forward to David's ongoing success in business and on the golf
course. This year's tournament was such a momentous occasion, and we
definitely hope to repeat another big win next year."
After investing in a new set of golf clubs, Poley plans to save the
remainder of his winnings for a rainy day. "It just happened that everything
came together on that day," Poley says. "I am extremely grateful to Ingram
Micro and Symantec, not just for the invitation and for sponsoring the hole,
but because they were all so happy for me. The feedback I've gotten from these
organizations has all been really positive."
About Vale Business Products Inc.
Located in Toronto, Ontario, Vale Business Products Inc. delivers a range
of IT products, services and solutions focused on solving clients' unique
business challenges. Vale is a trusted advisor that works closely with its
clients to help them achieve their business goals. More information is
available at www.vale.on.ca.
Symantec is a global leader in infrastructure software, enabling
businesses and consumers to have confidence in a connected world. The company
helps customers protect their infrastructure, information and interactions by
delivering software and services that address risks to security, availability,
compliance and performance. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has
operations in 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.
Symantec's Canadian operations are headquartered in Toronto with offices
in Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver. For more information on Symantec
products or current promotions, access Symantec's Canadian Web site at
www.symantec.ca. Symantec is an active member of the Canadian Alliance Against
Software Theft (CAAST).
About Ingram Micro
As a vital link in the technology value chain, Ingram Micro creates sales
and profitability opportunities for vendors and resellers through unique
marketing programs, outsourced logistics services, technical support,
financial services, and product aggregation and distribution. The company
serves 150 countries and is the only broad-based global IT distributor with
operations in Asia. Visit www.ingrammicro.com.
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