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Trini-Canadian Stephen Ames is in for the Champions Tour Shaw Charity Classic in Calgary

Trini-Canadian Stephen Ames is in for the Champions Tour Shaw Charity Classic in Calgary

Posted by Shanelle Weir on August 14, 2014

Four PGA Tour wins, including The Players Championship in 2006.

Named to the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.

And now Stephen Ames is ready for something he’s never experienced before, teeing it up for a professional tournament in the city he calls home.

Ames on Wednesday officially announced he’ll play in the Champions Tour Shaw Charity Classic this month at the Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to tee it up at home here in Calgary for the Shaw Charity Classic,” Ames, who is currently enjoying a family vacation, said via statement. “Many of us worked very hard for a long time to bring an event of this calibre to this market. It will be truly satisfying for me to finally get a chance to compete in front of my friends and family.”

The tournament runs Aug. 29-31.

Ames is originally from Trinidad and Tobago, but the star golfer moved to Calgary more than two decades ago and became a Canadian citizen in 2003. The 21-year professional played a part in bringing the Shaw Charity Classic, which is in its second year on the Champions Tour, to the Stampede City.

He has won more than US$19.5 million over his career and has parlayed his success into helping develop junior golf programs in both Canada and Trinidad and Tobago.

He’s played in 18 PGA Tour events this season, making the cut in six of them.

Ames celebrated his 50th birthday in April, making him eligible for the Champions Tour, and finished tied for 15th in his debut, the Senior PGA Championship in May.

“I absolutely loved it,” Ames said of his first foray on the Champions Tour. “The guys on the Champions Tour very much mean business and are very competitive. There are a lot of career wins out here, but everyone remains very driven and has an appreciation for the work they have put in to get to this stage of their career.

“One thing that never leaves any of us is that we still want to play well. We still want to win. I would take great pride in doing both in Calgary.”

During his PGA Tour career, Ames has recorded 58 top-10 finishes, which is a key reason why he will be officially inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame during a private ceremony Aug. 26 in Calgary.

But his legacy off the course helping grow the game in the city and among junior players is just as important to the sport.

“Stephen has played a key role in helping the Patron Group bring the Champions Tour back to Calgary last year, and to have him compete in this event at home will be a real treat for our spectators,” said Shaw Charity Classic tournament director Sean Van Kesteren. “Stephen is a big-time player, and one of the best ball strikers on the PGA Tour. Having him in the field playing in front of his fellow Calgarians will make this year’s tournament extra special.”

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