CALGARY – Calgary’s Stephen Ames was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame on Tuesday at the Shaw Charity Classic – an event he is a founding partner of.
“It’s hitting home a little bit now for me. It is a real honour,” said Ames. “It’s the highlight of my career right now, an added trophy to the career that I’ve had, which is wonderful. At this stage right now, it’s something to relish.”
Ames, a dual citizen of Canada as well as Trinidad and Tobago is a four-time winner on the PGA Tour. With his induction in the player category, Ames becomes the 74th honoured member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.
“The Canadian Golf Hall of Fame seeks to recognize excellence as golfers, contributors and supporters of the game,” said Ian Clarke, Chair of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame Selection Committee. “Stephen Ames has excelled on the biggest stage in our sport and it is fitting that he will be recognized for his respective accomplishments.”
Ames, 50, enters the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame as a prominent professional player, having amassed four PGA Tour victories and over $19.7 million in career earnings. In 2006, Ames captured one of the Tour’s marquee events, winning The Players Championship by six strokes over Retief Goosen. His victory at TPC Sawgrass was played against 48 of the top 50 players in the world and vaulted him at that time to No. 27 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
In 2013, the Stephen Ames Foundation funded the inaugural CJGA Stephen Ames Junior Cup presented by RBC at the Country Club of the Hamptons in Calgary. Since 2005, Ames has proudly hosted the Stephen Ames Cup, a Ryder Cup style tournament featuring a team of Canadian junior players versus Team Trinidad & Tobago. In addition, the Stephen Ames Foundation provides funding for junior golf programs and other children’s initiatives in Canada and Trinidad and Tobago.