CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Jul 22, 2013) - Shaw Communications (TSX:SJR.B) (SJR) today announced that it is supporting the development of six rising Canadian professional golfers as they tee up for the RBC Canadian Open.
Identified with the Shaw logo during the week of the RBC Canadian Open, these players represent the future of Canadian golf at this year's national championship, taking place at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario from July 22-28, 2013. Shaw Business is a Premier Partner of the RBC Canadian Open.
"Our goal is to help a steady stream of young and enthusiastic golfers who have a real shot at taking their game to the next level," said Brad Shaw, CEO, Shaw Communications. "Our hope is to not only support these accomplished athletes, but to inspire thousands of kids dreaming of making it big in this challenging sport and maintain Canada as fertile ground for developing some of the world's best golfers."
The roster of players supported by Shaw includes:
|Albin Choi||Hometown: Toronto, ON||Tour: PGA Tour Canada|
|A standout collegiate player at North Carolina State where he won eight tournaments in addition to the 2010 Canadian Men's Amateur Championship, Choi will be competing in his third RBC Canadian Open.|
|Brian Hadley||Hometown: Sarnia, ON||Tour: PGA of Ontario|
|Hadley earned an exemption for the RBC Canadian Open after winning the Ontario Regional Qualifier at Greystone Golf Club in Milton, Ont. This will be Hadley's first time competing in the national championship and the first time he's played at the Glen Abbey Golf Course.|
|Adam Hadwin||Hometown: Abbotsford, BC||Tour: Web.com|
|Hadwin is the fourth-ranked Canadian on the World Golf Rankings and earned the Rivermead Cup as the Low Canadian at both the 2010 and 2011 RBC Canadian Opens. He currently sits 67th on the Web.com Tour money list and will be competing in his fourth RBC Canadian Open.|
|Bryn Parry||Hometown: Vancouver, BC||Tour: Vancouver Golf Tour|
|Recently crowned 2013 PGA Championship of Canada winner, Parry earned his exemption as the top golfer on the PGA of Canada Player Rankings. He will compete in his second RBC Canadian Open.|
|Roger Sloan||Hometown: Calgary, AB||Tour: Web.com|
|Sloan, who currently sits 135th on the Web.com money list after competing in 13 events, earned his 2013 Web.com status by finishing tied for 73rd at the 2012 PGA TOUR Final Qualifying Tournament. A former winner and graduate of PGA TOUR Canada, Sloan will be competing in his third RBC Canadian Open.|
|Eugene Wong||Hometown: North Vancouver, BC||Tour: PGA Tour Canada|
|As a graduate of Team Canada and former collegiate standout at the University of Oregon, Wong is coming off an impressive rookie season on PGA TOUR Canada where he won two of the four events he competed including the Great Waterway Classic and the Canadian Tour Championship. The 2010 winner of the prestigious Jack Nicklaus Award will be competing in his fourth RBC Canadian Open.|
Complete coverage of the weekend rounds of the RBC Canadian Open can be seen on Global TV, including an hour long pre-game show Saturday and Sunday that will feature exclusive player interviews and highlights to ensure golf fans won't miss any of the action. Fans can consult their local listings for Global's daily coverage of the championship.
Shaw's association with the RBC Canadian Open is part of a comprehensive agreement making Global the broadcast home of golf for Canadian golf fans, securing 26 weekends of PGA TOUR broadcasts through 2018, as well as coverage of the Masters and the 2015 and 2017 Presidents Cup.
About Shaw Communications Inc.
Shaw is a diversified communications and media company, providing consumers with broadband cable television, High-Speed Internet, Home Phone, telecommunications services (through Shaw Business), satellite direct-to-home services (through Shaw Direct) and engaging programming content (through Shaw Media). Shaw serves 3.3 million customers, through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw Media operates one of the largest conventional television networks in Canada, Global Television, and 19 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY® and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX - SJR.B, NYSE - SJR). For more information about Shaw, please visit www.shaw.ca
About the 2013 RBC Canadian Open Presented by Shaw Business
Part of the FedExCup, stars of the PGA TOUR will compete for $5.6 million (US) at the RBC Canadian Open, July 22-28, 2013 at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont. Conducted by Golf Canada for more than a century, the RBC Canadian Open provides an opportunity for Canada's top talents to compete against the world's best golfers while also leaving a significant impact in the event's host community. The RBC Canadian Open is proud to support Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada as the event's official charity partner. Established in 1904, Canada's national open golf championship is the third-oldest national open golf championship worldwide next to the British Open and the U.S. Open. The RBC Canadian Open is proudly sponsored by RBC, Shaw Business, BMW Group Canada, C.F.F Stainless Steels, Molson Canadian 67, TaylorMade adidas Golf, The Glenlivet, PepsiCo, The Globe and Mail, Jacob's Creek, Keystone Dental, Jack Link's Beef Jerky and 5-hour Energy. For tickets or tournament information, please visit www.rbccanadianopen.com or call 1-800-571-6736.