WORLD-CLASS FIVESOME BRINGS COMBINED TOTAL OF 33 PROFESSIONAL WINS TO 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF CANADIAN SKINS GAME TRADITION THIS SUMMER
HALIFAX, May 31, 2012 /CNW/ - With the 20th edition of the TELUS World Skins Game set to visit Halifax for the first time in just two months, the final field was announced today. Canadian Stephen Ames, former U.S. Open winner Lucas Glover, and 2011 RBC Canadian Open Champion Carl Pettersson will join fellow Nike Golf athletes Paul Casey and Jhonattan Vegas in the field as the popular event comes to Glen Arbour Golf Course in Halifax July 29-31.
The five participants boast 33 professional wins among them between titles on the PGA TOUR, the European Tour and the Nationwide Tour.
"Fans in Halifax are excited, as are we, for this summer's TELUS World Skins Game and we're looking forward to watching these five professionals work their magic at Glen Arbour," said Gen. (Ret.) Rick Hillier, Chair of the TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Board. "Each year, as the golfers visit some of Canada's most spectacular settings, they remark about the fans' enthusiasm, passion and hospitality. We know that the people of Halifax will roll out their east coast charm to not only continue that tradition, but take it to new levels."
Anthony Kim, who had previously been announced as a participant, was forced to withdraw last week as he recovers from two separate injuries.
Tickets for the Canadian golf tradition are on sale now and fans can visit www.telusskins.com, or call 1-877-451-1221, to purchase tickets. Tickets are priced at $99 (plus applicable service fees) for a two-day pass, with a one-day pass for either day also available for $65 (plus applicable service fees).
"Each year, the TELUS World Skins Game benefits from the tremendous support given by partners like TELUS and Nike Golf, and from the host community," said Danny Fritz, Vice President and Co-Managing Director of IMG Canada. "With the outstanding response so far from fans and local companies in Halifax, this year's event promises to be one of the most successful in the 20 years of the TELUS World Skins Game in Canada."
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 $10.4 million since 2001 for a wide variety of important causes across Canada.
The first Skins Game was held in 1993 at Devil's Pulpit Golf Club in Caledon, Ontario, and during its 19-year history has seen some of the biggest names in professional golf compete at Canada's top golf destinations, including Jack Nicklaus, Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples, Mike Weir and Greg Norman. Glen Arbour Golf Course is one of Atlantic Canada's premiere golf destinations.
Glen Arbour Golf Course is owned and operated by Annapolis Group Inc. a land development company with roots dating back to the 1930s. Currently owned by the Hennigar Family, descendants of the late Roy Jodrey, the company's founder, Glen Arbour has played host to a number of prestigious golf events including the inaugural Wayne Gretzky and Friends Invitational in 2000 and the BMO Canadian Ladies Open in 2005.
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TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $10.5 billion of annual revenue and 12.7 million customer connections including 7.4 million wireless subscribers, 3.5 million wireline network access lines and 1.3 million Internet subscribers and more than 550,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video.
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed more than $260 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.2 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Eleven 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.
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