Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Fresh off Hall of Fame Induction, Ames to Try for Shaw Charity Classic Title

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Fresh off Hall of Fame Induction, Ames to Try for Shaw Charity Classic Title

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Ames inducted into Canadian Golf Hall of Fame


CALGARY - Growing up in Trinidad and Tobago, Stephen Ames never dreamed of one day being inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.

Now a Canadian citizen and one of the country's most successful golfers, Ames was welcomed as the 74th inductee into Canada's golf shrine during a private ceremony Tuesday at Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club.

"As a proud Canadian, I am truly humbled by this great honour," said Ames, who became a citizen in 2003 in his adopted hometown of Calgary. "It kind of adds to the fact of how much Canadians have embraced me -- obviously becoming a Canadian citizen and now getting into the Hall of Fame. It's an added bonus."

Ames has 11 professional tournament wins to his credit, including four on the PGA Tour, the most memorable of which was a six-stroke victory at the 2006 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.

"It has been a long journey, a lot of hours, a lot of miles, a lot of back pains, a lot of learning and a lot of fun," said the 50-year-old Champions Tour rookie, who's one of the marquee names scheduled to compete at the Shaw Charity Classic from Friday to Sunday at Canyon Meadows. "It's hitting home a little bit now for me. It's the highlight of my career right now, an added trophy to the career that I've had, which is wonderful."

Tournament director Sean Van Kesteren is excited to see how Ames will fare once the action gets under way on Friday.

"I think he's motivated," Van Kesteren said. "He's still obviously a great player. To be inducted into the Hall of Fame, there's not too many folks that get that honour. Hopefully this will fire him up for the week and he'll represent Calgary and all the fans that are here to support him."

Having helped to bring the Shaw Charity Classic to Calgary for its inaugural event last year, Ames is now looking forward to hearing his name announced when he tees it up for the first time on Friday in the second instalment of the Champions Tour event.

"It's going to be emotional," said Ames, whose 15-year-old son Ryan will caddy for him. "I can feel it now coming on. It's going to be fun for me. On top of that, I've got my youngest caddying for me as well. …

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