CA Tees Up Second Round of Course Reporters Program
Three Young Golf Fans to Cover 2009 CA Championship From Tee to Green and Beyond
MIAMI – CA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CA), the world’s leading independent IT management software company, today announced this year’s participants in the CA Course Reporters Program at the 2009 World Golf Championships – CA Championship, at Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Doral, Fla., from March 12-15, 2009. The CA Course Reporters program gives three deserving youths from The First Tee’s National Scholar program the opportunity to become the eyes and ears of the WGC – CA Championship for golf fans all around the world and share their unique experiences through their own blog at www.WorldGolfChampionships.com.
Through its growing partnerships with The First Tee, CA has enlisted three youths who display a passion for the game of golf and outstanding scholastic achievement to help tell the story of the 2009 CA Championship to other young golf fans. Courtney Burris (Springdale, Ark.), Owais Durrani (Houston, Texas), and Johnie Freatman (Mercer Island, Wash.) will make up the CA corps of reporters who will delve into every aspect of the tournament from interviewing the on-site meteorologist to re-gripping golf clubs. In addition, the kids will walk the course during the tournament and report on the play of the game’s best golfers during their quest to tame the legendary “Blue Monster"
“The CA Course Reporters program is a great way to help teach kids the values, character and skills needed to be successful both on and off the course,” said Bill Hughes, senior vice president, Corporate Communications for CA. “The First Tee works extremely hard in making a difference in the lives of youths, and the opportunity to work with them on this program is an unforgettable experience. The CA corps of reporters’ unique coverage and firsthand experience of the tournament will give young golf fans everywhere instant access and a refreshing one-of-a-kind look into a world-class golf event.”
Along with help from the PGA TOUR and pgatour.com, the course reporters will post entries to their blog beginning with coverage of the practice rounds and player press conferences on Wednesday, March 11, and will report through the conclusion of the 2009 CA Championship on Sunday, March 15. Over the course of the tournament, the kids also will have the opportunity to meet and learn from several members of the golf media who will share some of the tricks of the trade when it comes to gaining insight into what it’s like to cover a pro golf event from the smallest details to the trophy presentation on Sunday evening.
Here is a look at the three CA Course Reporters:
* Courtney Burris, a senior at Har-Ber High School in Springdale, Ark., has been a member of The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas since its inception in 2005. In addition to playing golf for Har-Ber High, she also runs cross country and track. An exceptional student, Burris has maintained a 3.97 GPA during her high school career. Next year, she plans to attend Dallas Baptist University and major in Broadcast Journalism.
* Owais Durrani, a senior at Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Texas, is a member of The First Tee of Houston at FM Law Park, where he is a junior instructor. Durrani is heavily involved in numerous organizations, including the Arabic Club, the Muslim Student Associations, the Robotics Club and the National Honor Society, in addition to The First Tee. Next fall, Durrani plans to pursue a degree in Political Science and Communications.
* Johnie Freatman, a senior at The Bear Creek School in Redmon, Wash., is a member of The First Tee of Seattle. He plays an active role at his school in the athletics department, playing on the golf team as well as winning league championships on the tennis team. He also serves as the announcer for his school’s basketball team. Next fall, Freatman intends to pursue a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
The CA Course Reporters program, along with developing partnerships with the South Florida Golf Foundation and other local organizations, is a unique extension of CA’s company values rooted in giving back to the community. Since its inception, the South Florida Golf Foundation has helped raise $15 million for these local organizations, with the CA Championship contributing almost $1.4 million in 2008. In an effort to grow that number this year, CA will again donate the proceeds of the tournament and drive a number of charitable endeavors that make a difference in the lives of kids within the South Florida community.
CA, Inc. is in its fourth year as a World Golf Championships sponsor and its third as the title sponsor of the World Golf Championships event at Doral. The CA Championship is the centerpiece of a fully-integrated marketing and sponsorship program designed to leverage CA’s visibility among its customers. The global golf marketing strategy also includes broadcast media, brand visibility, customer hospitality and other partnership opportunities. For more information, please visit www.ca.com/sponsorships.
About the World Golf Championships-CA Championship
The CA Championship is one of three World Golf Championships sanctioned and organized by the International Federation of PGA Tours, which includes the Asian Tour, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour. The other World Golf Championships include the Accenture Match Play Championship and the Bridgestone Invitational.
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