TELUS Skins 'world' theme to bring the best in international golf to
Okanagan Valley in June
TORONTO, Jan. 24 /CNW/ - The 2008 TELUS World Skins Game is returning to
the site of one of the most memorable events in Canadian Skins Game history.
British Columbia's Predator Ridge Golf Resort, located in the heart of the
famous Okanagan Valley, will host the event in June. To mark the occasion, the
annual summer golf event will again celebrate the best in international golf
with the 'world' theme made popular at last year's TELUS World Skins Game at
the Raven Golf Club at Lora Bay in Ontario.
The event will take place Monday, June 16 and Tuesday, June 17 and will
feature five of the top names in international golf, each representing a
different country. The intimate, relaxed setting of the Skins Game format
allows players to engage with the cameras and the crowds as they compete
against each other for pride and prize money at the picturesque Predator
"We are thrilled to bring the TELUS World Skins Game back to Predator
Ridge and the beautiful Okanagan Valley," said Steve Podborski, executive
director of TELUS Sport Marketing. "As one of the most beautiful golf courses
in the country, in a region with some of the most passionate fans, TELUS is
confident Predator Ridge will be a perfect host for some of the biggest names
in professional golf."
This return of the TELUS World Skins to Predator Ridge, the site of the
2000 Skins Game, marks only the second time in the event's 16-year history
that it will return to a golf course that has previously played host.
Whistler, B.C.'s Nicklaus North Golf Course hosted the event in 1997 and 2005.
Tickets for the 2000 Skins Game at Predator Ridge sold out in less than a day,
a record that stands to this day. Fans were treated to a thrilling match as
Fred Couples won seven skins for $135,000 for a narrow victory over Sergio
Garcia, Phil Mickelson and Canada's own Mike Weir.
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. Each year for this event, TELUS partners with a charitable organization
that aligns with TELUS' goal of making the future friendly for Canada's youth.
Fulfilling TELUS' promise to "give where we live", the 2008 TELUS World Skins
charity partner will be the BC Children's Hospital Foundation, provider of
expert care for the province's most seriously ill or injured children.
"Last year, more than 2,000 children in the Thompson-Okanagan region made
more than 5,400 visits to BC Children's Hospital," said Sue Carruthers,
president and CEO of BC Children's Hospital Foundation. "Thousands of sick and
injured children from Okanagan communities will benefit from our partnership
with the 2008 TELUS World Skins Game. TELUS has been a long-standing
contributor to the Hospital and this partnership demonstrates, once again, the
dedication of TELUS and its employees to improving child health in our
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 spa, fitness centre, restaurants and a new golf course in the making.
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 World Skins participants, as well as event ticket information,
will be announced in the coming months. Over the years, the lineup has
included many of the biggest names in the game including Jack Nicklaus, Sergio
Garcia and the defending back-to-back champion, John Daly.
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $9.0 billion of annual revenue and 11.0 million
customer connections including 5.4 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 $91 million to charitable and
non-profit organizations and volunteered more than 1.7 million hours of
service to local communities. Eight TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead
our local philanthropic initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please
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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
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