LG ELECTRONICS BECOMES TITLE SPONSOR OF SKINS GAME
LA QUINTA, CA -LG Electronics Inc., one of the world's leading electronics companies, signed a three-year agreement to become the title sponsor of the SKINS GAME, one of the most popular golf events of the second season, held during Thanksgiving weekend, ESPN/TWI and IMG jointly announced today. The SKINS GAME will be returning to Trilogy Golf Club in La Quinta for the fourth consecutive year.LA QUINTA, CA -LG Electronics Inc., one of the world's leading electronics companies, signed a three-year agreement to become the title sponsor of the SKINS GAME, one of the most popular golf events of the second season, held during Thanksgiving weekend, ESPN/TWI and IMG jointly announced today. The SKINS GAME will be returning to Trilogy Golf Club in La Quinta for the fourth consecutive year.
ABC Sports will televise the $1 million LG SKINS GAME, a joint venture of ESPN Regional Television, Inc., and Trans World International (TWI), for the 16th year. The 24th edition of the event, annually one of the highest rated golf telecasts, will be televised in digital high-definition television (HDTV) on Saturday, Nov. 25 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. (ET) and Sunday, Nov. 26 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. (ET).
"LG Electronics is thrilled to become the title sponsor of one of the most-watched golf telecasts of the year," said Michael Ahn, President and CEO of LG Electronics North American Headquarters. "Partnering with IMG and ESPN/TWI on this unique sporting event further enhances LG's premium brand positioning in the United States, and we look forward to joining millions of golf enthusiasts enjoying the outstanding golfers who will compete in the LG SKINS GAME over the next three years."
"It is natural for the premier television golf event to be sponsored by the world's premier consumer electronics company," said Pete Derzis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of ESPN Regional Television, Inc. "This relationship ensures that the LG SKINS GAME will remain a part of our Thanksgiving viewing menu during the holiday weekend, much as it has been over the last two-plus decades."
"We are delighted to welcome such a world-renowned company as title sponsor of the LG SKINS GAME," said Barry Frank, Vice Chairman of IMG Media. "With today's announcement, the LG SKINS GAME will continue as a staple of Thanksgiving Weekend viewing on ABC for at least another three years, to the continued delight of viewers everywhere."
"Welcoming LG Electronics into the SKINS GAME family marks a great day for the Trilogy Golf Club and the Shea Homes family at Trilogy at La Quinta," said Rick Andreen, president of Shea Homes' Trilogy Communities. "We're thrilled to host the LG SKINS GAME and we know that Trilogy Golf Club will once again provide a beautiful backdrop for some of the world's best golfers."
The $1 million purse makes the LG SKINS GAME one of the richest two-day events in the history of golf. Each of the first six holes (one through six) will be worth $25,000. Each of the second six holes (Seven through 12) will be worth $50,000. Holes 13 through 17 will each be worth $70,000, and the 18th hole, the LG Super Skin, will be worth $200,000. The foursome will play for $300,000 on Saturday and $700,000 on Sunday.
Fred Funk is the defending champion of the LG SKINS GAME, setting numerous event records en route to winning 15 skins and $925,000 last year. As is customary for this event, Funk and the other three players - who will be named later this year -- will donate 20 percent of their winnings ($200,000) out of the $1 million 2006 LG SKINS GAME purse to their favorite charities.
Trilogy Golf Club at La Quinta is located at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains in La Quinta, CA. It is the centerpiece of Trilogy at La Quinta, a community built by Shea Homes Inc., America's largest private homebuilder. The course, designed by architect Gary Panks, lends itself to the natural terrain and sweeping views overlooking the Coachella Valley. The par-72 course opened to public play in February 2003.
LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics Inc., a $45-billion global force in consumer electronics and mobile communications. In the United States, LG Electronics sells a wide range of digital display and digital media products, digital appliances and mobile phones under the company's Life's Good" marketing theme. For more information, please visit www.LGusa.com.
ESPN Regional Television (ERT) is the nation's largest producer and distributor of collegiate sports programming, producing over 900 sporting events per year. In addition to event sponsorship, ERT produces 400 events for national, regional and local networks, serves as the exclusive syndication rights-holder for college conferences (Big 12, Big Ten, BIG EAST, Conference USA, and WAC), exclusive marketing rights-holder for select schools (Kansas, Oregon, South Florida), owners and operators of five collegiate post season Bowl Games (Hawaii, Las Vegas, Fort Worth, New Mexico and Birmingham), the ESPN National Golf Challenge and numerous basketball events nationally.
International Management Group (IMG) literally "invented" sports management and marketing more than three decades ago. Today the company is the global leader in the field. From this foundation, their expertise and resources have enabled IMG to become a major force in other entertainment, lifestyle and cultural activities. The current diversity of their endeavors reflects the measure of their success. IMG now represents athletes, performing artists, writers, fashion models, and broadcasters, leading corporations, world-class events, cultural institutions and recreational resorts. All share with IMG one defining characteristic: a mission to excel.
Trilogy is a member of the J.F. Shea family of companies. Over the past century, the J. F. Shea family of companies has accomplished many extraordinary milestones including completing work on the foundation of the landmark Golden Gate Bridge, working on San Francisco Bay Area's Rapid Transit System (BART) and serving as a managing partner for the construction of the Hoover Dam. Yet, our most satisfying achievements continue to revolve around listening to our customer's needs and satisfying those needs by providing an extensive selection of new home floor plans and quality workmanship in the finest neighborhoods and communities available today. For more information please visit our website at www.sheahomes.com.