CALGARY – The Shaw Charity Classic has set itself apart with Calgary sports fans and continues to win accolades from the PGA Tour.
The tour announced the Champions Tour event, which is held at Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club, has received the President’s Award for the second consecutive year. The award was announced at the tour’s tournament meetings in Miami yesterday.
“It’s an honor,” said Tournament Director Sean Van Kesteren. “To be honest, I’m quite surprised as I didn’t think we’d have a chance to win this award two times in a row. We’re very happy for our ownership group, for Shaw, but most importantly, for all of the charities we support. Charity is why we’re doing this. We have a great team up in Calgary, and the community has really embraced the event. We have a good thing going, so hopefully we’ll be around for a long, long time.”
The tournament this past summer was hotly contested by some of the game’s biggest stars—namely Miguel Angel Jimenez and Colin Montgomerie—but eventually it was Jeff Maggert who prevailed. Fred Couples and Rocco Mediate won the tournament in its first two years.
“On behalf of the Champions Tour, I am honored to congratulate the Shaw Charity Classic for their efforts in securing a second straight President’s Award,” said Miller Brady, the Champions Tour’s chief operating officer. “In a short period of time, Sean Van Kesteren and his staff have put forth one of our Tour’s premier events.”
The tournament integrated a number of new initiatives into its format this year, while setting a new record for charitable giving by raising $3.9 million that will be distributed among 99 charities in Alberta. The tournament also featured a stellar field, with three World Golf Hall of Fame members and 10 major championship winners.
Next year’s tournament returns to Canyon Meadows, with the first round kicking off Sept. 2.