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TORONTO, March 31 /CNW/ - When the 2008 TELUS World Skins Game returns to
British Columbia this summer, Mike Weir, one of the most successful
professional golfers ever to hail from Canada will also be making a special
return. It was announced today Weir will participate in this year's TELUS
World Skins Game, six years after his last appearance.
The TELUS World Skins Game, in support of BC Children's Hospital, returns
to Predator Ridge, the site of the 2000 Skins Game, on Monday, June 16 and
Tuesday, June 17 and will feature five of the top names in golf, each
representing a different country. Weir will round out the field representing
Canada, with Fred Couples representing the United States, Greg Norman
representing Australia, Colin Montgomerie representing his native Scotland,
and rising young star Camilo Villegas representing Colombia.
"With the return of the TELUS World Skins Game to the beautiful Predator
Ridge and the Okanagan Valley, and the involvement of BC Children's Hospital
as the designated charity, the return of Mike Weir to an already stellar field
is an exciting bonus," said Steve Podborski, executive director of TELUS Sport
Marketing. "All of the participating players have told us just how thrilled
they are about this year's TELUS World Skins Game in support of BC Children's
Hospital. We're looking forward to bringing the best in the world of golf to
Predator Ridge in June to play for the kids at the 2008 TELUS World Skins
Game, an event that is sure to capture the hearts of fans everywhere."
Weir, who has 8 PGA Tour victories in his career, including the 2003
Masters, tying him with George Knudson for most ever by a Canadian, has
appeared five times in the Canadian golf event over the years, winning
20 skins for $400,000. Many credit his success in his first Skins Game
appearance in 1998 in Prince Edward Island against Couples, Mark O'Meara and
John Daly as helping kick-start his PGA Tour career, proving to the young
left-hander that he could indeed compete with the best in golf.
"I'm very excited about the opportunity to not only play in the 2008
TELUS World Skins Game, but to represent Canada, and play again in front of
the Canadian fans out West who have always been so supportive," said Weir.
"It's for a great cause, supporting BC Children's Hospital, and it's a
tremendous field, with players that I have respected for many years in Fred,
Greg and Colin, as well as one of the truly exciting young players in the game
in Camilo. I'm very much looking forward to the 2008 TELUS World Skins Game
and would like to thank TELUS for the invitation to play."
Tickets for the 2008 TELUS World Skins Game will go on sale Monday,
April 14 at 10 a.m. (PST) and can be purchased by calling 1-866-60SKIN1
(1-866-607-5461) or by visiting www.telusskins.com.
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. TELUS partners each year for the event with a charitable organization
that aligns with TELUS' commitment to "give where we live". The 2008 TELUS
World Skins charity partner will be BC Children's Hospital Foundation, which
supports the provision of expert care for the province's most seriously ill or
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(TM) spa, fitness centre, restaurants and a new golf course in the
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 Skins Game, an event owned and operated by IMG in Canada for
16 years, has included many of the biggest names in the game including Jack
Nicklaus, Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson.
The TELUS World Skins Game is also sponsored by Nike Golf, OMEGA, GREY
GOOSE(R) Vodka, Audi and Predator Ridge Golf Resort.
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $9.1 billion of annual revenue and 11.1 million
customer connections including 5.6 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 $113 million to charitable and
not-for-profit organizations and volunteered more than 2.1 million hours of
service to local communities. Eight TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead
our local philanthropic initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please
IMG is the world's premier sports, entertainment and media enterprise.
Operating in 30 countries, IMG's diverse businesses include: consulting
services; event ownership and management; fashion events and models
representation; licensing; golf course design; and client representation in
golf, tennis, broadcasting, speakers, European football, rugby, cricket, motor
sports, coaching, Olympic sports and action sports.
IMG Academies are the world's largest and most advanced multi-sport
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experiences to more than 12,000 junior, collegiate, adult, and professional
athletes each year.
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subsidiaries Darlow Smithson Productions, Tiger Aspect Productions and
Tigress. Globally, IMG produces and distributes more than 11,000 hours of
sports, documentary, drama, comedy, entertainment, popular factual and
children's content annually. IMG also represents the broadcast rights to many
of the world's premier sporting events and has the world's largest sports
archive with more than 250,000 hours of footage.
Forstmann Little & Co. purchased IMG in 2004.
More information about IMG is available at www.imgworld.com.
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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