Anthony Kim, Paul Casey and Stephen Ames first players named to field
for 2011 edition
of popular summer Canadian golf tradition
TORONTO, April 26 /CNW/ - Five Nike Golf athletes representing the
world's largest sport brand will tee it up this summer when the TELUS
World Skins Game returns to The Fairmont Banff Springs with Nike Golf
as a premier partner.
The five-man field competing in the two-day event on July 25 and 26
features Nike Golf athletes on the PGA Tour including Anthony Kim, Paul
Casey and Stephen Ames of Calgary. Kim and Casey will be first time
participants in the popular Canadian golf tradition, while Ames will be
competing in the event for the fourth time, including in 2006, the last
time the TELUS World Skins Game was held in Banff. Two other players
will be announced soon.
"Nike Golf has enjoyed a long-standing partnership with the TELUS World
Skins Game, and 2011 represents a great opportunity to expand our
involvement and feature a field of Nike Golf athletes who star on the
PGA Tour," said Vitalis Gomes, director of marketing for Nike Golf
Canada. "With the return of the event to The Fairmont Banff Springs,
we're thrilled to be a part of one of Canada's top annual sporting
"I've heard so many great things over the years about the TELUS World
Skins Game and look forward to the chance to visit Banff to be a part
of it this summer," said Kim. "I know that the event has always
attracted top fields, but the chance to be a part of an all-Nike Golf
field this year will make it especially exciting for Paul, Stephen and
The TELUS World Skins Game is always a highlight of the Canadian summer
sporting schedule for the country's most passionate golf fans, as well
as the community that hosts it. Fulfilling its promise to "give where
we live," the TELUS World Skins Game has raised more than $10 million
since 2001 for a wide variety of important causes across Canada.
"We are most certainly pleased to be bringing the TELUS World Skins back
to Banff, and equally excited to bring some of Nike Golf's biggest
names to Alberta," said Monty Carter, senior vice-president, TELUS
Enterprise Solutions. "The outstanding field of players against the
backdrop of the majestic Rocky Mountains, coupled with the TELUS World
Skins' annual support of causes important to the community, will make
for an unforgettable event."
It's an especially exciting year for Nike Golf which is riding a wave of
momentum with global tournament wins and game-changing products such as
the Lunar Control shoe, worn by Masters champion Charl Schwartzel; the
METHOD putter that has won 19 championships including three majors; and
the revolutionary new 20XI premium ball with an innovative resin core
that provides more distance off the tee and more spin around greens.
Nike Golf, the No. 1 apparel brand in golf, is also celebrating the 20th anniversary of its DRI-Fit technology which modernized golf apparel
with its moisture-wicking properties.
"Nike Golf has not only been an outstanding supporter of the TELUS World
Skins Game, but of golf at all levels in Canada, and they play a
crucial role in helping us bring this popular event to the country's
best golf destinations each year," said Danny Fritz, vice-president and
co-managing director of IMG Canada. "We look forward to an even more
successful event in 2011 as Banff National Park celebrates the 100th Anniversary of organized golf in Banff."
Designed in 1928 by Canada's world-renowned golf course architect,
Stanley Thompson, The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course is famous for
its panoramic beauty and challenging layout set in the heart of Banff
National Park. The course winds along the Bow River under the
snow-capped peaks of Sulphur Mountain and Mount Rundle.
Owned and operated by IMG in Canada for 19 years, the TELUS World Skins
Game has included many of the biggest names in the game including Jack
Nicklaus, Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples and Greg Norman.
Players for the 2011 tournament will be announced in the coming weeks
and regular updates will be posted on www.telusskins.com.
IMG Worldwide is a global sports, entertainment and media business, with nearly 3,000
employees operating in 30 countries around the globe. IMG's areas of
expertise are diverse and wide ranging: IMG College is the leader in collegiate marketing, licensing and media rights. IMG's Joint Ventures, IMG Reliance, IMX and IMG CCTV, in the emerging markets of India, Brazil and China, offer the company
significant long-term growth opportunities.
IMG Media is the world's largest independent producer and distributor of sports
programming. IMG Events and Federations owns and manages some of the most sought after events and includes long
standing associations with the world's most important sports
organizations, leagues, and federations. IMG Fashion owns and operates fashion events around the world and IMG Models represents the world's top models and leading designers and IMG Art+Commerce represents the most influential photographers, art directors and
stylists. For the past 50 years IMG Clients has been the global leader in talent representation, including over
1,000 elite athletes, coaches, industry executives and prestigious
sports organizations across the sports, entertainment, fashion and
media industries. IMG Academies is the world's largest and most advanced multi-sport training and
educational facility delivering sports training experiences to more
than 12,000 dedicated athletes from approximately 80 countries every
year. IMG Consulting connects many of the world's leading brands with consumers through
access to unique sports and entertainment properties. IMG Licensing is considered one of the premier independent licensing companies in the
sports, entertainment and media world. More information is available
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $9.8 billion of annual revenue and 12.3 million
customer connections including 7 million wireless subscribers, 3.7
million wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet
subscribers and more than 300,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by
President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of
communications products and services including data, Internet protocol
(IP), voice, entertainment and video.
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team
members and retirees will, by year-end 2011, have contributed $245
million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered
4.1 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Ten TELUS
Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS' local philanthropic
initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding
philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of
Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to
receive this prestigious international recognition.
For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.
About Nike Golf Canada
Based in Thornhill, Ontario, Nike Golf Canada markets, sells and distributes industry leading Nike Golf equipment, apparel, balls, footwear, bags and accessories throughout
Canada. Nike Golf is passionately dedicated to honouring and respecting the traditions
and heritage of the game, and to providing committed golfers with the
absolute best equipment in the game. For more information on Nike Golf Canada, visit www.nikegolf.ca. Journalists seeking editorial information and downloadable images,
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