It's All Good at Altadis

Cigar-maker reports four fall successes

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Honors and sponsorships kept Altadis U.S.A. and some of its products in the spotlight this past fall.

In November, the cigar-maker's A. Turrent Churchill cigar, recently introduced in the United States by Altadis U.S.A., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was rated 91 by Cigar Insider, placing it in the outstanding category.

The introduction of A. Turrent coincides with the Turrent family's 125th anniversary as cigar makers. The family history dates back five generations to 1880 when Alberto Turrent left [image-nocss] Cuba for Mexico's fertile San Andres Valley. Today, led by Alberto Turrent IV and his son Alejandro, the Turrents are the industry's oldest family as well as Mexico's largest tobacco growers and makers of premium cigars.

In other Altadis news:

The company announced that the seventh annual Montecristo Cup Charity Pro Am raised more than $175,000 to help hurricane victims in the Caribbean and the United States rebuild their lives. The event, hosted by Altadis U.S.A., was held November 30-December 3 in Puerto Rico. More than 100 amateur and professional golfers from the Champions Tour took part in the tournament.

Altadis' flagship Montecristo brand was the exclusive cigar sponsor at the 2005 Club Championship event for members of the PGA Tour Partner's Club. The PGA Tour Partner's Club is North America's largest organization of golf enthusiasts. This year's Club Championships were held in Las Vegas October 19-23.

PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem announced that Dana Quigley was voted Player of the Year for 2005 by his fellow competitors on the Champions Tour. He will receive the Jack Nicklaus Trophy in recognition of his selection. A member of Altadis U.S.A.'s Team Te-Amo since 1998, Quigley sports a Te-Amo logo on his golf shirt and is rarely seen on or off the golf course without his favorite cigar.