OAK BROOK, IL - Some golfers flex to hit the long ball, while other players seek to perfect a precision short game. But when it comes to putting - now that is a skill few can truly master. Sharpie, well-known as the autograph pen and golf ball marker of choice, today announced the kick off of the Sharpie Mini Tour, a putting competition appearing for the first time at the EDS Byron Nelson Championship and at three other PGA TOUR events throughout 2005.
The Sharpie Mini Tour will invite fans to try and sink a "mini" putt for a chance to hit the links in 2006 with the PGA TOUR's Chad Campbell in Hawaii. The program supports the launch of the Sharpie Mini marker, a 12-color, "pint-sized" marker series with a clip - just right for professional to novice golfers.
"Like a lot of the guys on the PGA TOUR, I use Sharpie Mini markers to mark my golf balls and sign autographs," said Campbell. "I look forward to playing in Hawaii with the winners of the program and getting a chance to see their putting skills - maybe I'll even pick up a tip or two."
Individuals participating in the Sharpie Mini Tour can also put their autograph on education. Sharpie "Autographs for Education" is a nationwide program to collect one million autographs from everyday people in exchange $1 million in school supplies and funds across the country. Signatures placed on giant autograph walls at each event will be counted toward the goal.
A winner and guest from each of four "qualifying" tournaments will win a trip to Orlando, Fla. for the putting competition finals - the Sharpie Mini Tour Championship.
Sharpie Mini Tour qualifying events include the following PGA TOUR tournaments:
- EDS Byron Nelson Championship - May 12-15, Irving, Texas (Qualifying)
- Booz Allen Classic - June 9-12, Potomac, Maryland (Qualifying)
- Ciailis Western Open - June 30-July 3, Lemont, Illinois (Qualifying)
- Buick Championship - August 25-28, Cromwell, Connecticut (Qualifying)
Sharpie Mini Tour Championship Week of October 20, Lake Buena Vista, Florida
A Sharpie Mini Tour sweepstakes found at www.sharpie.com also offers an opportunity for the chance at a round of golf with Campbell in Hawaii. Both the Sharpie Mini Tour contest and sweepstakes grand prizes include a three-day, four-night stay in Hawaii and golf with Campbell. For full rules and details, go to www.sharpie.com.
Sharpie Mini markers are available at office supply stores and other retailers nationwide in twelve bold colors: black, red, blue, green, orange, berry, lime, aqua, purple, plum, navy and burgundy. The suggested retail prices for 2-, 8- and 12-packs are $5.93, $11.73 and $17.78, respectively.
About Sanford®, Makers of Sharpie®
Sharpie is the popular brand of permanent markers long-associated with the autograph experience and an Official Sponsor of the PGA TOUR. Sanford, maker of Sharpie, is a division of Newell Rubbermaid Inc. (NYSE: NWL), a worldwide leader in the manufacturing and marketing of writing instruments, art products and office organization, including such well known brands as Paper Mate®, Sharpie®, Parker®, Waterman®, EXPO®, FoohyTM, uni-ball®, and Rolodex®, among others. Sanford makes more than 6,000 products, ranging from markers, pens and pencils to professional art products, fine writing instruments and office organization products. Visit sharpie.com or sanfordcorp.com for more information.