The Showdown Classic golf tournament, which will be played at the Jeremy Ranch Golf Club July 11-17, will be on more solid footing this year thanks to commitments from eight corporate sponsors.

Governor Norm Bangerter and Jay Woolley, director of the Utah Travel Council and co-chairman of the Showdown advisory committee, announced at a Monday press conference that the eight sponsors had each agreed to contribute $50,000 for a total of $400,000.Another $50,000 sponsor was also expected.

The eight corporate sponsors are: American Express, Pepsi Cola, KUTV, Larry Miller Toyota, U.S. West-Mountain Bell, KLUB/KISN Radio, Park City Olympic Hotel and Maxwell House Coffee Co. of General Foods.

"These commitments are a great start toward making the 1988 Showdown Classic financially the best tournament ever," said Gov. Bangerter at a Monday press conference with representatives from eight corporate sponsors.

Woolley said the tournament is important to the Utah economy because it generates about $5 million in tourism.

"This earlier date is very beneficial for the tournament in many respects," Woolley said.

"It means we can coordinate the Days of '47 activities, which will occur a week after the tournament."

Over the next two months, Showdown marketing activities will concentrate on obtaining commitments from small businesses and groups to sponsor the 1988 event.

Sponsorship information can be obtained by contacting Jim Bailey, 359-4653 or 264-8212.