Anthony Kim, Paul Casey and Stephen Ames first players named to field for 2011 edition of popular summer Canadian golf tradition
TORONTO, April 26, 2011 /Canada NewsWire/ - Five Nike Golf athletes representing the world's largest sport brand will tee it up this summer when the TELUS World Skins Game returns to The Fairmont Banff Springs with Nike Golf as a premier partner.
The five-man field competing in the two-day event on July 25 and 26 features Nike Golf athletes on the PGA Tour including Anthony Kim, Paul Casey and Stephen Ames of Calgary. Kim and Casey will be first time participants in the popular Canadian golf tradition, while Ames will be competing in the event for the fourth time, including in 2006, the last time the TELUS World Skins Game was held in Banff. Two other players will be announced soon.
"Nike Golf has enjoyed a long-standing partnership with the TELUS World Skins Game, and 2011 represents a great opportunity to expand our involvement and feature a field of Nike Golf athletes who star on the PGA Tour," said Vitalis Gomes, director of marketing for Nike Golf Canada. "With the return of the event to The Fairmont Banff Springs, we're thrilled to be a part of one of Canada's top annual sporting events."
"I've heard so many great things over the years about the TELUS World Skins Game and look forward to the chance to visit Banff to be a part of it this summer," said Kim. "I know that the event has always attracted top fields, but the chance to be a part of an all-Nike Golf field this year will make it especially exciting for Paul, Stephen and me."
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 million since 2001 for a wide variety of important causes across Canada.
"We are most certainly pleased to be bringing the TELUS World Skins back to Banff, and equally excited to bring some of Nike Golf's biggest names to Alberta," said Monty Carter, senior vice-president, TELUS Enterprise Solutions. "The outstanding field of players against the backdrop of the majestic Rocky Mountains, coupled with the TELUS World Skins' annual support of causes important to the community, will make for an unforgettable event."
It's an especially exciting year for Nike Golf which is riding a wave of momentum with global tournament wins and game-changing products such as the Lunar Control shoe, worn by Masters champion Charl Schwartzel; the METHOD putter that has won 19 championships including three majors; and the revolutionary new 20XI premium ball with an innovative resin core that provides more distance off the tee and more spin around greens. Nike Golf, the No. 1 apparel brand in golf, is also celebrating the 20th anniversary of its DRI-Fit technology which modernized golf apparel with its moisture-wicking properties.
"Nike Golf has not only been an outstanding supporter of the TELUS World Skins Game, but of golf at all levels in Canada, and they play a crucial role in helping us bring this popular event to the country's best golf destinations each year," said Danny Fritz, vice-president and co-managing director of IMG Canada. "We look forward to an even more successful event in 2011 as Banff National Park celebrates the 100th Anniversary of organized golf in Banff."
Designed in 1928 by Canada's world-renowned golf course architect, Stanley Thompson, The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course is famous for its panoramic beauty and challenging layout set in the heart of Banff National Park. The course winds along the Bow River under the snow-capped peaks of Sulphur Mountain and Mount Rundle.
Owned and operated by IMG in Canada for 19 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. Players for the 2011 tournament will be announced in the coming weeks and regular updates will be posted on www.telusskins.com.