18th September, 2006
WAILEA, Maui – The Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME will celebrate its 20th year by returning to the stunning and picturesque Wailea Golf Club on Saturday, Jan. 13 and Sunday, Jan. 14, tournament officials announced today.
Wailea Resort’s heralded Gold Course, which features postcard views of the Pacific Ocean on all 18 holes, will once again play host to the popular winter event, which will kick off the 2007 Champions Tour season.
The $770,000 event will be played once again with four two-man teams in the alternate-shot team format that keeps the traditional SKINS GAME format. The eight players will play nine holes each day. ESPN will televise the Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME on a same-day, tape-delayed basis Saturday, Jan. 13 and Sunday, Jan. 14 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. ET, 1 p.m.—3 p.m. PT and 11: a.m.—1 p.m. HT. (Times vary in different areas; check your local listings).
Wailea Resort will host the event for the seventh time, following 11 years at Mauna Lani on the Big Island of Hawaii. The inaugural match was played in 1988 at Turtle Bay Golf Club on Oahu, and the second in 1989 at the Mountain Course at the La Quinta Hotel Golf Club in La Quinta, CA.
Ray Floyd and event rookie Dana Quigley captured last year’s Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME, the inaugural year of the alternate-shot, team format. The $510,000 payday marked the sixth Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME victory for Floyd, but his first since 1998, when he won the fifth and final one in his remarkable, five-straight stretch. Since turning 50, Floyd has won six of the eight Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAMES he has competed in.
About Wendy’s Restaurants
Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers Restaurants was founded in 1969 by Dave Thomas and is the third largest quick-service hamburger restaurant chain in the world, with more than 6,250 restaurants in the United States, Canada and international markets.
About ESPN Regional Television
ESPN Regional Television (ERT) is the nation’s largest producer and distributor of collegiate sports programming, producing more than 1,000 sporting events per year. In addition to event sponsorship, ERT produces 800 events for national, regional and local networks, serves as the exclusive syndication rights-holder for college conferences (Big 12, Big Ten and BIG EAST) and exclusive marketing rights-holder for select schools (Kansas, Oregon, South Florida and Iowa State). In recent years, ESPN, Inc. has created or acquired events it owns, markets and televises to increase its value toadvertisers and affiliates.
The Wailea Gold Course is one of three award-winning layouts at the Wailea Golf Club on Maui. Designed by Robert Trent Jones II, the Gold has received numerous accolades, including being named one of the best-designed golf courses in the world.
The 2007 Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME is also sponsored by Destination Resorts Hawaii, Diamond Hawaii Resort & Spa, The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui, Four Seasons Resort Maui, Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Maui Visitors Bureau, Renaissance Wailea Beach Resort, The Shops at Wailea, Wailea Beach Marriott and Wailea Golf LLC.
For general information about the 2007 Wendy’s Champions SKINS GAME at Wailea,
Please call 1-888-328-MAUI (toll-free from the U.S. and Canada), 1-808-875-7450 or visit http://www.championsskinswailea.com.