Young Star Villegas and Veteran Montgomerie Added to Field for 2008 TELUS World Skins Game at Predator Ridge

    TELUS Skins 'world' theme to bring the best in international golf to
    Okanagan Valley in June

    TORONTO, March 27 /CNW/ - One of the most entertaining young stars in
golf will be taking on the veteran fan favourites this summer when the TELUS
World Skins Game visits British Columbia's Predator Ridge Golf Resort. Camilo
Villegas and Colin Montgomerie were added to the field for the popular
Canadian golf event today, joining the previously announced Fred Couples and
Greg Norman.
    The TELUS World Skins Game 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. Villegas, who
will be participating in the TELUS Skins Game for the first time, will
represent his native Colombia, while Montgomerie, making only his second
career appearance in Canada, will be representing Scotland.
    "We are as excited to bring the TELUS World Skins Game in support of BC
Children's Hospital back to British Columbia this summer as we are about the
quality of this year's field," said Steve Podborski, executive director of
TELUS Sport Marketing. "Each year the TELUS World Skins Game aims to showcase
not only the best golfers in the sport, but some of the most entertaining
personalities in golf. The four players we've announced so far, combined with
our support for BC Children's Hospital, will certainly make the 2008 TELUS
World Skins Game one of the most exciting golf events of the season."
    The 26-year old Villegas (full name pronounced Ka-mee-low Bee-jay-gaas)
has quickly become a PGA Tour fan favourite with his blistering drives and a
unique putting routine that sees him crouch down low to the ground to read the
slope of the green, earning him the nickname Hombre Arana" (Spider-Man).
    "I'm honoured to be invited to participate in the 2008 TELUS World Skins
Game alongside such golf greats as Fred Couples, Greg Norman and Colin
Montgomerie," said Villegas. "I've heard great things about the event, its
support of BC Children's Hospital, and golf in Western Canada, and look
forward to being there in June."
    Montgomerie, the eight-time European Tour Order of Merit winner, will be
looking to redeem himself after he came up empty handed in his first
appearance at the TELUS World Skins Game in Collingwood last summer. While he
didn't win any Skins last year, Montgomerie showed why he is such a fan
favourite the world over, entertaining the fans with both his golf and his
    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 The remaining player in
the 2008 TELUS World Skins Game field will be announced over the next two
weeks prior to tickets going on sale.
    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
injured children.
    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
Game ever."
    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.

    About TELUS

    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

    About IMG

    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
training and educational facilities, delivering world-class sports training
experiences to more than 12,000 junior, collegiate, adult, and professional
athletes each year.
    IMG's media and entertainment operations include content production
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

    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

For further information:

For further information: Dave Haggith, IMG Canada, Tel: (416) 960-5312
ext. 120,; Chris Gerritsen, TELUS Media Relations,
Tel: (403) 530-4919,; Jennifer Strachan, Predator
Ridge Resort, Tel: (250) 503-3553,

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