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Ames named for Canadian Hall of Fame
T&T born Canadian veteran golfer Stephen Ames was recently unanimously named for induction into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.
The 49-year-old, who has opted to remain active in the sport, became the 74th person to be included in Canada’s official golfing elite. The ceremony of Ames’ induction is expected to take place in Calgary in August, during the Shaw Charity Classic, a Champions Tour event that Ames is a founding patron of.
Speaking on his feat the 2004 Chaconia (gold) recipient said the news was somewhat surprising but an honour nonetheless.”It’s a great honour, for sure, without a doubt. (However) Usually you think hall of famers are inducted when they’re finished playing. I still see myself as a player right now.”
Ames said he intends on competing in both the PGA and Champions Tour this year.
Ames, a native of San Fernando, began his professional career in 1987 after attending Lynn University. He has 11 career wins, four of which have come on the PGA tour, and has reportedly earned over US$19.5 million.
His first tour win came in July, 2004, at the Cialis Western Open, while his last was at the 2009 Children’s Miracle Network Classic, in a playoff with Americans Justin Leonard and George McNeill.
Ames has also won the the European and Nationwide Tours as well as three skins events, including the 2005 Telus World Skins Game in Whistler, BC, when he finished ahead of Jack Nicklaus, John Daly and Vijay Singh.
In 2006, Ames recorded a career milestone when he captured the Players Championship by six strokes over Retief Goosen. It earned him US$1.44 million, and at the time moved him into 27th spot on the official world golf rankings. He described that win as his biggest ever on a golf course.