Five of golf's biggest international stars come to Ontario in June for
annual summer event
TORONTO, April 16 /CNW/ - The 2007 TELUS Skins Game will bring the
'world' to one of Ontario's widely acclaimed new golf courses, marking the
first time the event has been played in the province since 2003. On June 18 &
19, five of golf's biggest international stars, each representing a different
country, will compete in the popular Canadian golf event at The Raven Golf
Club at Lora Bay, located in the Town of The Blue Mountains.
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 Skins game,
including five-time European Tour Player of the Year Colin Montgomerie of
Scotland, with South Africa's Retief Goosen and Australia's Geoff Ogilvy,
ranked eighth and ninth in the world respectively, rounding out the field.
The event will mark Montgomerie's first-ever appearance in Canada, while
Goosen, who finished tied for second place at the Masters two weeks ago, has
not played in Canada since 2000.
"I have really enjoyed myself playing in the TELUS Skins Game over the
past two years, and am looking forward to competing against what is an
excellent field," said Stephen Ames. "If you look at the Top 20 in the
Official World Golf Rankings, with seven different countries being
represented, it becomes obvious that golf is truly a global game. It will be
fun to celebrate that with Canadian golf fans in June."
Tickets for the 2007 TELUS Skins Game go on sale Saturday, April 21 at 10
a.m. (ET) 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 TELUS Skins Game is always a highlight of the Canadian summer
sporting schedule, and this year's event promises to be a perfect celebration
of the international flavour that makes the game great," said Steve Podborski,
TELUS director of Sport Marketing. "TELUS looks forward to hosting one of the
strongest fields the event has seen in one of the province's most beautiful
destinations. Since 2001, the TELUS Skins Game has raised more than $750,000
for a wide-variety of charities across Canada that have a strong focus on
The TELUS Skins Game is an intimate, relaxed format that allows players
to engage with the cameras and the crowds as they compete against each other
for pride and $360,000 in prize money. This year's 'World' theme will see each
player in the field representing a different country, with additional
international elements, both on the course and on the television broadcast,
paying tribute to the global game of golf, including internationally themed
currencies for Skins won.
Each year, TELUS partners with a charitable organization that aligns with
TELUS' goal of making the future friendly for Canada's youth. In 2007, that
charity will be the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Through the
TELUS Skins Game, a number of fundraising initiatives will run in support of
JDRF. In 2006, TELUS donated $200,000 to the Alberta Children's Hospital
Foundation raised through the 'Charity on the Course' program that sees
donations made for every birdie and eagle made by the players during the two
days of competition, as well as an on-line charity auction through ebay.
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.
"We proudly refer to the Blue Mountain area as Ontario's outdoor
recreation capital, and hosting the 2007 TELUS Skins Game promises to be a
highlight for this summer and many years to come," said Don Shindle, General
Manager, Regional Vice President Intrawest Hospitality Management. "The Town
of The Blue Mountains, and surrounding community, looks forward to welcoming
everyone involved with the event, including the players and golf fans from
across the country, in June."
The TELUS 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; TaylorMade Adidas; Globe and Mail; Corus; Town
Media Inc.; The Jim Pattison Media Group; Ontario PGA, and in partnership with
Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation.
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company in Canada, with $8.7 billion of annual revenue and 10.7 million
customer connections including 5.1 million wireless subscribers, 4.5 million
wireline network access lines and 1.1 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, over the last six years TELUS has
contributed more than $76 million to charitable and non-profit organizations,
and has established seven TELUS Community Boards across Canada to lead its
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