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Oakville, Ont. – The Canadian Golf Hall of Fame is proud to announce Stephen Ames of Calgary has been elected as the 2014 inductee into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.
Ames, a dual citizen of Canada and Trinidad and Tobago is four-time winner on the PGA Tour. With his induction in the player category, Ames will become 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’ induction ceremony into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame is scheduled to take place in Calgary during the Shaw Charity Classic, a tournament he is a founding patron of.
“As a proud Canadian, I am truly humbled by this great honour,” said Stephen Ames. “The opportunity to join this exceptional company of names in front of my friends and family at home in Calgary is something that I will cherish for a long time.”
Stephen Ames, 49, enters the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame as a prominent professional player, having amassed four PGA Tour victories and over $19.5 million in career earnings.
Ames resides in Calgary and began playing professionally in 1987. He is past champion of the Trinidad and Tobago Open (1989) and won his first professional title on American soil at the Pensacola Open on the Ben Hogan Tour (now the Web.com Tour) in 1991.
Prior to playing on the PGA Tour, Ames spent five seasons competing on the European Tour where he captured the 1994 Open V33 Grand Lyon and the Benson & Hedges International Open in 1996. He qualified for the PGA Tour in 1997, earning exempt status for the 1998 season by finishing third at qualifying. Ames won his first PGA Tour title in 2004 at the Cialis Western Open, defeating Steve Lowery by two strokes.
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. Ames is also a two-time champion of the Children’s Miracle Network Classic (2007 & 2009). In major championship play he has finished inside the top-10 on six occasions. His best finish was a tie for fifth at The Open Championship in 1997.
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.