Canadian pro sweetens the deal for annual charity auction
TORONTO, June 7 /CNW/ - PGA golf star Stephen Ames has upped the ante of
the TELUS World Skins Game annual eBay auction raising money for the Juvenile
Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Ames has decided to take the charity
auction one step further. The Canadian fan favourite is adding two practice
round passes for the 2008 Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia to his
charity caddie package.
Ames, along with PGA professional golfers John Daly, Retief Goosen, Colin
Montgomerie and Geoff Ogilvy, are giving Canadian golf fans the chance to be
their personal caddies at this year's TELUS World Skins Game being held
June 18 and 19 at the Raven Golf Club at Lora Bay, near the Town of The Blue
"We are deeply grateful to Stephen Ames' for his ongoing support of the
TELUS World Skins and his generous donation to help raise money for the
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)," said Steve Podborski, TELUS
director of Sport Marketing. "The chance to pull the clubs and read the putts
for these great golf champions right here in Canada is truly priceless.
Stephen Ames caddy position combined with an invitation to the practice rounds
at the Masters in Augusta, Georgia goes beyond priceless."
Fans can bid on the chance to serve as the personal caddie for one of
their favourite professional golfers through this special auction which runs
online at the website www.ebay.ca until June 10, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. ET. The
prize package includes two nights at the Westin Trillium House Blue Mountain
Hotel, TELUS World Skins Game memorabilia and lots more. Bidding for these
five packages is ongoing and offers fans the chance of a lifetime to get up
close and personal with five of the world's most popular golf stars.
Last year's TELUS Skins Game charity auction saw a Calgary resident bid
more than $51,000 for the chance to serve as John Daly's caddie when the event
visited The Fairmont Banff Springs, in Banff, Alberta. The 2006 charity
auction alone raised more than $67,000 contributing to TELUS' total donation
of $200,000 to the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation.
As part of the event's tribute to the 'world' game, fan favourite and
TELUS Skins Game defending champion John Daly, representing the United States,
will return for his sixth consecutive appearance, with Stephen Ames,
representing Canada, appearing in his third consecutive year in the event.
Three first-time players will participate in the 2007 TELUS World Skins Game,
including five-time European Tour Player of the Year Colin Montgomerie of
Scotland, with Australia's Geoff Ogilvy and South Africa's Retief Goosen,
ranked eighth and tenth in the world respectively, rounding out the field.
Tickets for the 2007 TELUS World Skins Game are on sale through IMG
Tickets by calling 1-866-60SKIN1 or by visiting www.telusskins.com. A two-day
tournament pass is priced at $130, with single day passes, for either day of
the event, priced at $75. A junior ticket for fans 12 and under is available
at a 50 per cent discount, while children five and under are admitted free to
the event. A maximum of 5,000 tickets are sold for each day of the event.
The Raven Golf Club at Lora Bay's 7,200-yard championship layout,
co-designed by PGA Tour Professional Tom Lehman and Canadian golf course
architect Thomas McBroom, was named to Travel & Leisure Magazine's list of the
Best New Golf Courses in 2006.
The TELUS World Skins Game is also sponsored by The Westin Trillium
House, Blue Mountain; The Raven Golf Club at Lora Bay; Intrawest; Making the
Connection; Capital One; Grey Goose Vodka; Audi; TaylorMade Adidas; OMEGA;
Wolf Blass Wines; The Globe & Mail; Corus; Town Media Inc.; The Jim Pattison
Media Group; Ontario PGA, and in partnership with Ontario Tourism Marketing
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