Go with the Pros caddie experience raises more than $14,000 for
the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
TORONTO, June 13 /CNW/ - Five Canadian golf fans will live a golfer's
dream when they walk the course at the TELUS World Skins Game as caddies to
the visiting PGA stars.
For the last 10 days, Canadians from across the country were able to bid
on five once-in-a-lifetime TELUS Skins Game experiences through the TELUS
Skins Game Charity Auction on eBay. The auction gave Canadians the chance to
serve as caddies for fan favourites Stephen Ames, defending tournament
champion John Daly, and first-time tournament players Retief Goosen, Colin
Montgomerie and Geoff Ogilvy at the 2007 TELUS World Skins Game. The annual
golf event is happening June 18 and 19 at the Raven Golf Club at Lora Bay,
near the Town of The Blue Mountains, Ontario.
The caddie auction raised an incredible $14,925 for the Juvenile Diabetes
Research Foundation (JDRF).
"The generosity and support from Canadians toward worthy causes never
ceases to amaze me," said Steve Podborski, TELUS director of Sport Marketing.
"TELUS is thankful to all the pros - Stephen Ames, John Daly, Retief Goosen,
Colin Montgomerie and Geoff Ogilvy - for offering up these incredible caddie
experiences and to the winning bidders of those packages. The funds raised
will help the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation continue their vital work
in finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes. We look forward to raising even more
money for the JDRF when the event comes to the Town of The Blue Mountains next
Ryan Remington of Calgary, Alberta gets to carry the sticks for TELUS
World Skins tournament champion John Daly; Mike Curran of Thornton, Ontario
will caddie for Stephen Ames; Colin Montgomerie's caddie for the game will be
Shannon Jones of Toronto; Mat Wilcox of Vancouver, B.C. won the bid to caddie
for Retief Goosen as well as winning the bid for her friend to caddie for
"I'm overwhelmed," said 16-year-old JDRF youth spokesperson Alexa
Sunderland, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 9. "I just
want to thank everyone who supported the TELUS World Skins Game online caddie
auction to raise money for the JDRF. I'm hopeful that one day kids like me
will never know what it's like to be affected by juvenile diabetes, and now
we're one step closer to that goal." As part of the event's tribute to the
'world' game, TELUS Skins Game defending champion John Daly, representing the
United States, will return for his sixth consecutive appearance with Stephen
Ames, representing Canada, appearing in his third consecutive year in the
event. Three first-time players will participate in the 2007 TELUS World Skins
Game, including five-time European Tour Player of the Year Colin Montgomerie
of Scotland, with Australia's Geoff Ogilvy and South Africa's Retief Goosen,
ranked eighth and tenth in the world respectively, rounding out the field.
Tickets for the 2007 TELUS World Skins Game, set for June 18 and 19, are
on sale through IMG Tickets by calling 1-866-60SKIN1 or by visiting
www.telusskins.com. A two-day tournament pass is priced at $130, with single
day passes, for either day of the event, priced at $75. A junior ticket for
fans 12 and under is available at a 50 per cent discount, while children five
and under are admitted free to the event. A maximum of 5,000 tickets are sold
for each day of the event.
The Raven Golf Club at Lora Bay's 7,200-yard championship layout,
co-designed by PGA Tour Professional Tom Lehman and Canadian golf course
architect Thomas McBroom, was named to Travel & Leisure Magazine's list of the
Best New Golf Courses in 2006.
The TELUS World Skins Game is also sponsored by The Westin Trillium
House, Blue Mountain; The Raven Golf Club at Lora Bay; Intrawest; Making the
Connection; Capital One; Grey Goose Vodka; Audi; TaylorMade Adidas; OMEGA;
Wolf Blass Wines; The Globe & Mail; Corus; Town Media Inc.; The Jim Pattison
Media Group; Ontario PGA, and in partnership with Ontario Tourism Marketing
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $8.8 billion of annual revenue and 10.8 million
customer connections including 5.1 million wireless subscribers, 4.5 million
wireline network access lines and 1.1 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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is a diversified global business with two major business segments: IMG Sports
& Entertainment, and IMG Media. IMG employs over 2,600 people in 30 countries.
Forstmann Little & Co. purchased IMG in 2004.
IMG Sports & Entertainment includes: consulting services; event ownership
and management; fashion events and models representation; licensing; golf
course design; client representation in golf, tennis, broadcasting, speakers,
European football, rugby, cricket, motorsports, coaching, Olympic sports and
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delivering world-class sports training experiences to over 12,000 junior,
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award-winning television and radio programming. It also represents the
broadcast rights to many of the world's premier sporting events and has the
world's biggest sports archive with more than 250,000 hours of footage.
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