Tickets for the star-studded event go on sale Monday, April 13
QUEBEC CITY, April 7 /CNW/ - Geoff Ogilvy, considered by many to be a
leading contender at this year's Masters tournament, was named to the TELUS
World Skins Game field today, along with the reigning Masters champion Trevor
Immelman and Ian Poulter, a star on both the PGA and European Tours. The 2009
TELUS World Skins Game will take place June 22-23 at La Tempête Golf Club in
As part of the TELUS World Skins Game's global theme, Ogilvy will
represent his native Australia, with the South African Immelman and England's
Poulter rounding out the field. For Immelman and Poulter, it will be their
first time participating in the TELUS World Skins Game, while Ogilvy
previously participated in the 2007 event. The three players join a
star-studded 'five-some' with previously announced players Canadian Mike Weir
and Fred Couples of the United States.
"I really enjoyed my time playing in the TELUS World Skins Game two years
ago, so I was thrilled with the invitation to return this year," said Ogilvy.
"It's been a very rewarding start to the 2009 season for me. Having the
opportunity to play with these great golfers immediately following the U.S.
Open will not only be a treat for us as players, but hopefully for the fans as
Ogilvy, a six-time winner on the PGA TOUR, which includes a major victory
at the 2006 U.S. Open, is arguably the hottest player in the world so far in
2009. With two wins in his six starts (Mercedes Benz Championship and World
Golf Championships - Accenture Match Play Championship), he is currently
ranked fourth in the world and leads both the PGA TOUR's 2009 FedExCup points
race and money list.
Immelman, who was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and has ten
professional wins to his credit, earned the biggest win of his young career
last April with his victory at the Masters. He has also been a two-time member
of the International Team at the Presidents Cup, including in 2007 when the
event was played at Royal Montréal Golf Club.
"I am excited and honoured to be invited to participate in the 2009 TELUS
World Skins Game in support of Opération Enfant Soleil," said Immelman as he
prepared to defend his 2008 victory at Augusta National this week. "I have
always enjoyed playing in Canada and I look forward to visiting Québec City
A fan favorite, Poulter is known as one of the most colourful players in
golf, in part due to the radical outfits he sometimes wears on the course, but
also thanks to his engaging personality. He has been a player of great impact
for the European team in Ryder Cup competition, including scoring the winning
points for the team in 2004. At the 2008 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale,
Poulter held the clubhouse lead for the final round before being defeated by
defending champion Padraig Harrington and ultimately finishing in second
"Watching Immelman defend his Masters title against Ogilvy at the game
this week will be outstanding, but I'm even more excited about watching them
join Poulter, Weir and Couples, some of the most talented golfers in the
world, at the TELUS World Skins," said Joe Natale, president of TELUS Business
Solutions. "They'll be bringing their 'A game' to a tournament that supports a
better quality of care for sick kids in Quebec. We couldn't be happier about
this star-studded line-up."
Fulfilling its promise to "give where we live", for the 2009 golf event
TELUS has partnered with Opération Enfant Soleil, a local charity that invests
in the development of quality pediatric care in Québec. Funds will be
generated through the 'Charity on the Course' program which includes donations
made for every birdie and eagle played by the professional golfers during the
competition. Golf fans will also be able to support the cause by bidding on
one of the many items that will be auctioned on eBay in the weeks preceding
Karen Radford, president of TELUS Québec, said, "With the support of golf
fans everywhere, the local community and the very talented players named to
the field this year, the TELUS World Skins Game will help Opération Enfant
Soleil continue to increase the success rate of pediatric heart surgeries in
Quebec for years to come."
Opération Enfant Soleil will use the money raised during the 2009 TELUS
World Skins Game to equip the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec's
Centre mère-enfant's surgical unit with the latest in multimedia technology to
facilitate complex pediatric heart surgeries. The new system's extensive
connectivity will enable real-time participation in surgeries from any
location, thereby improving educational opportunities and providing quick
access to specialists, wherever they may be.
Tickets for the 2009 TELUS World Skins Game, priced at $125 for a two-day
pass, go on sale on Monday, April 13 at 10 a.m. (ET) and will be available for
purchase by phone at 1-866-60SKIN1 (1-866-607-5461) or online by visiting
Owned and operated by IMG in Canada for 17 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.
The TELUS World Skins Game is also sponsored by Audi, Desjardins,
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, GREY GOOSE(R) Vodka, Québec City Tourism,
Québec Tourism and Samsung.
Operating in 30 countries, IMG Sports & Entertainment'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 and action sports.
IMG Academies are the world's largest, multi-sport training and educational
facilities, delivering world-class training experiences to more than 12,000
junior, collegiate, adult, and professional athletes each year.
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $9.7 billion of annual revenue and 11.6 million
customer connections including 6.1 million wireless subscribers, 4.2 million
wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers. 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 have contributed $135 million to
charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered more than 2.6
million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Nine TELUS Community
Boards across Canada lead our local philanthropic initiatives. For more
information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.
To purchase TELUS World Skins tickets, call 1-866-60SKIN1
(1-866-607-5461) or visit www.telusskins.com after April 13, 2009 at 10 a.m.
For further information:
For further information: Media contacts: Dave Haggith, IMG, (416)
960-5312 ext. 120, Dave.email@example.com; Stacey Masson, TELUS, (514)