Salesmanship Club Names EDS to Assume Title Sponsorship of Byron Nelson Classic, Beginning in 2003

Verizon to Continue Title Sponsorship Through 2002



Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from Electronic Data Systems Corporation

    IRVING, Texas, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Salesmanship Club of Dallas,
 sponsor of the Verizon Byron Nelson Classic, announced today that Texas-based
 IT services leader EDS (NYSE:   EDS) will become the title sponsor of the PGA
 Tour golf tournament beginning in 2003.  The agreement ensures the company's
 sponsorship of the EDS Byron Nelson Classic through 2006.
     "We're extremely proud to have EDS' name associated with Byron Nelson, and
 we look forward to partnering with the Salesmanship Club for an event that
 touches so many people in the Dallas community," said Don Uzzi, EDS senior
 vice president, Global Advertising, Marketing and Communications.  "At EDS, we
 think globally and act locally. Becoming part of the tournament, with its
 strong international field, TV audience and community commitment, enables us
 to accomplish both."
     EDS' partnership with the tournament and the all-volunteer Salesmanship
 Club reflects EDS' commitment to giving back to the community.  The title
 sponsorship builds on the company's strategy of high-profile involvement in
 prestigious, unique sporting events.  The tournament has sold out in each of
 the past four years, drawing a total of more than 1 million spectators. TV
 coverage of PGA Tour events now reaches more than 220 million viewers in
 140 countries.
     Verizon Communications (previously GTE) has sponsored the tournament since
 1988 and will continue its sponsorship in 2001 and 2002.  This year's
 tournament is May 6-13 at the TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas in Irving,
 Texas.
     Byron Nelson, the event's namesake, is a two-time Masters and PGA winner
 and the 1939 U.S. Open champion.  He won 18 tournaments in 1945, including
 11 in a row, while establishing the all-time PGA stroke average with
 68.33 strokes per round over 120 rounds.
     "This tournament is a great source of pride to me," Nelson said.  "Having
 EDS assures the continued financial success of the tournament for both the
 players and the Salesmanship Club well into the future.  I'm looking forward
 to working with the people of EDS and our continued association with Verizon."
     Salesmanship Club President T.D. Dickey Jr. said:  "We are excited that
 EDS has agreed to become our title sponsor and to help ensure the future
 success of the tournament.  EDS' commitment builds on the strong corporate and
 community support that the tournament has received from Verizon
 Communications, our title sponsor since 1988."
     Dickey noted that the Salesmanship Club is committed to the long-term
 success of the tournament, including paying a purse that is among the top of
 the non-major tournaments, while maintaining its role as the PGA Tour's
 largest contributor to charity.  As part of that strategy, the Salesmanship
 Club entered into an agreement to keep the May tournament at the TPC Four
 Seasons Resort Las Colinas through 2018.
     "As part of the long-range plan for our tournament and charity, we wanted
 to secure our contracts well into the future.  We are in partnership with our
 sponsors and the PGA Tour professionals.  These long-term agreements will keep
 us at the very top of the golf world," he said.
     The purse -- now $4.5 million -- has increased each of the last six years
 and has tripled since 1996.  Of the 50 PGA Tour tournaments, only the four
 majors (the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship), The
 Players Championship, three World Golf Championship events and The Tour
 Championship are expected to have purses larger than the Verizon Byron Nelson
 Classic.
     The Salesmanship Club was presented the first annual "Benefactor Award" by
 the PGA Tour Tournaments Association in 2000.  The award honors the PGA Tour
 tournament that donated the largest amount of money to charity.  The
 Salesmanship Club Youth and Family Centers, Inc. (SCYFC) received more than
 $6 million in 2000 as the tournament charitable beneficiary.
     All proceeds from the tournament benefit SCYFC, a nonprofit organization
 dedicated for over 80 years to enriching the quality of life for children and
 their families.  SCYFC provides mental health and education services through
 the following programs: Salesmanship Club Youth Camp, Family Therapy and the
 J. Erik Jonsson Community School.
 
     About EDS
     EDS, the leading global services company, provides strategy,
 implementation and hosting for clients managing the business and technology
 complexities of the digital economy.  EDS brings together the world's best
 technologies to address critical client business imperatives.  It helps
 clients eliminate boundaries, collaborate in new ways, establish their
 customers' trust and continuously seek improvement.  EDS, with its management
 consulting subsidiary, A.T. Kearney, serves the world's leading companies and
 governments in 55 countries.  EDS reported revenues of $19.2 billion in 2000.
 The company's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the London
 Stock Exchange.  Learn more at www.eds.com.
 
      CONTACTS:
      Janie Henderson
      Salesmanship Club
      (214) 742-3896
      jhenderson@scdallas.org
 
      Ish Haley - EDS
      (972) 605-6808
      ish.haley@eds.com
 
 

SOURCE Electronic Data Systems Corporation
    IRVING, Texas, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Salesmanship Club of Dallas,
 sponsor of the Verizon Byron Nelson Classic, announced today that Texas-based
 IT services leader EDS (NYSE:   EDS) will become the title sponsor of the PGA
 Tour golf tournament beginning in 2003.  The agreement ensures the company's
 sponsorship of the EDS Byron Nelson Classic through 2006.
     "We're extremely proud to have EDS' name associated with Byron Nelson, and
 we look forward to partnering with the Salesmanship Club for an event that
 touches so many people in the Dallas community," said Don Uzzi, EDS senior
 vice president, Global Advertising, Marketing and Communications.  "At EDS, we
 think globally and act locally. Becoming part of the tournament, with its
 strong international field, TV audience and community commitment, enables us
 to accomplish both."
     EDS' partnership with the tournament and the all-volunteer Salesmanship
 Club reflects EDS' commitment to giving back to the community.  The title
 sponsorship builds on the company's strategy of high-profile involvement in
 prestigious, unique sporting events.  The tournament has sold out in each of
 the past four years, drawing a total of more than 1 million spectators. TV
 coverage of PGA Tour events now reaches more than 220 million viewers in
 140 countries.
     Verizon Communications (previously GTE) has sponsored the tournament since
 1988 and will continue its sponsorship in 2001 and 2002.  This year's
 tournament is May 6-13 at the TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas in Irving,
 Texas.
     Byron Nelson, the event's namesake, is a two-time Masters and PGA winner
 and the 1939 U.S. Open champion.  He won 18 tournaments in 1945, including
 11 in a row, while establishing the all-time PGA stroke average with
 68.33 strokes per round over 120 rounds.
     "This tournament is a great source of pride to me," Nelson said.  "Having
 EDS assures the continued financial success of the tournament for both the
 players and the Salesmanship Club well into the future.  I'm looking forward
 to working with the people of EDS and our continued association with Verizon."
     Salesmanship Club President T.D. Dickey Jr. said:  "We are excited that
 EDS has agreed to become our title sponsor and to help ensure the future
 success of the tournament.  EDS' commitment builds on the strong corporate and
 community support that the tournament has received from Verizon
 Communications, our title sponsor since 1988."
     Dickey noted that the Salesmanship Club is committed to the long-term
 success of the tournament, including paying a purse that is among the top of
 the non-major tournaments, while maintaining its role as the PGA Tour's
 largest contributor to charity.  As part of that strategy, the Salesmanship
 Club entered into an agreement to keep the May tournament at the TPC Four
 Seasons Resort Las Colinas through 2018.
     "As part of the long-range plan for our tournament and charity, we wanted
 to secure our contracts well into the future.  We are in partnership with our
 sponsors and the PGA Tour professionals.  These long-term agreements will keep
 us at the very top of the golf world," he said.
     The purse -- now $4.5 million -- has increased each of the last six years
 and has tripled since 1996.  Of the 50 PGA Tour tournaments, only the four
 majors (the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship), The
 Players Championship, three World Golf Championship events and The Tour
 Championship are expected to have purses larger than the Verizon Byron Nelson
 Classic.
     The Salesmanship Club was presented the first annual "Benefactor Award" by
 the PGA Tour Tournaments Association in 2000.  The award honors the PGA Tour
 tournament that donated the largest amount of money to charity.  The
 Salesmanship Club Youth and Family Centers, Inc. (SCYFC) received more than
 $6 million in 2000 as the tournament charitable beneficiary.
     All proceeds from the tournament benefit SCYFC, a nonprofit organization
 dedicated for over 80 years to enriching the quality of life for children and
 their families.  SCYFC provides mental health and education services through
 the following programs: Salesmanship Club Youth Camp, Family Therapy and the
 J. Erik Jonsson Community School.
 
     About EDS
     EDS, the leading global services company, provides strategy,
 implementation and hosting for clients managing the business and technology
 complexities of the digital economy.  EDS brings together the world's best
 technologies to address critical client business imperatives.  It helps
 clients eliminate boundaries, collaborate in new ways, establish their
 customers' trust and continuously seek improvement.  EDS, with its management
 consulting subsidiary, A.T. Kearney, serves the world's leading companies and
 governments in 55 countries.  EDS reported revenues of $19.2 billion in 2000.
 The company's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the London
 Stock Exchange.  Learn more at www.eds.com.
 
      CONTACTS:
      Janie Henderson
      Salesmanship Club
      (214) 742-3896
      jhenderson@scdallas.org
 
      Ish Haley - EDS
      (972) 605-6808
      ish.haley@eds.com
 
 SOURCE  Electronic Data Systems Corporation