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January 5, 2009
Ka’anapali Golf Resort
Ka’anapali Golf Resort to Host 2009 Wendy’s Champions SKINS Game
Greg Norman Joins PGA Legends Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Others
(LAHAINA, HI) – Ka’anapali Golf Resort’s Royal Ka’anapali Course – managed by Billy
Casper Golf – will host the 22nd Wendy’s Champions SKINS Game, January 17-18, for the
second consecutive year, with PGA TOUR legends competing for a $770,000 purse.
International golf legends Greg Norman and Bernhard Langer will make their SKINS Game
debuts alongside tournament mainstays Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Fuzzy Zoeller,
Peter Jacobsen and Jay Haas.
For the fourth consecutive year, players will compete in the alternate-shot, team event, ensuring
memorable shot-making and tee-to-green excitement over two days and 18 holes. The event will
be televised on ESPN (tape delay) on Saturday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1 from 4 p.m. to
6 p.m. EST (1 p.m. to 3 p.m. PST and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. HST).
“We’re excited to again host the Wendy’s Champions SKINS Game at Ka’anapali Beach Resort,”
says Shelley Kekuna, Executive Director of the Ka’anapali Beach Resort Association. “The 2008
event was incredible, and many of the 11 properties within our resort have attractive packages for
visitors to book their trip to Maui during tournament time.”
“Ka’anapali is thrilled to welcome this outstanding field of golfers to our course,” says Ed
Kageyama, PGA General Manager of Ka’anapali. “We look forward to a wonderful weekend of
unforgettable golf, staged by true legends of the game in this gorgeous setting.”
Zoeller and Jacobsen return to Royal Ka’anapali to defend their title against 2007 champions,
Nicklaus and Watson. Norman will partner with Haas, who returns for his third consecutive
tournaments, and Langer teams with Player to round out the formidable field.
Each hole is a tournament within itself, as prize money carries over if no player wins a hole
outright. The total purse is broken down to $30,000 for each of the first six holes, $40,000 for
each of the middle six holes, $50,000 for holes 13 through 17 and $100,000 for No. 18.
The Royal Ka’anapali Course, a Robert Trent Jones, Sr. design, opened in 1962 and has tested the
skills of professional and amateur golfers. A par-71, 6,700-yard layout, the Royal Course
combines wide fairways and undulating greens, making it distinctive, demanding and exciting,
hole to hole. With more than 45 years of tournament history, the Royal Course has hosted many
of golf’s greatest legends: Arnold Palmer, Player, Nicklaus, Billy Casper, Jan Stephenson and
The resort underwent a $13 million renovation in 2005-2006 and was given a 4.5-star rating (out
of five) by Golf Digest in the magazine’s recent “Best Places to Play” guide. Ka’anapali was
selected by The Golf Channel to host “Big Break Ka’anapali” that aired in 2008.
For more information about Ka’anapali or to reserve a tee time, visit
www.kaanapaligolfresort.com or call 808.661.3691.
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
to advertisers and affiliates.
About Billy Casper Golf
Headquartered in Vienna, Virginia, Billy Casper Golf was co-founded by Robert Morris and
Peter Hill in 1989 along with professional golf legend Billy Casper, the Masters and two-time
U.S. Open winner who ranks seventh all-time with 51 PGA Tour wins. The company manages
100 golf courses in 23 states, the District of Columbia and Costa Rica. Combined with Buffalo
Communications, the golf-lifestyle PR division of BCG, 24 of their courses were honored in the
recent Golfweek’s “America’s Best” state-by-state rankings.
For more information about Billy Casper Golf, visit www.billycaspergolf.com or call