Tournament talent and flood victim support announced by PGA Champions Tour Shaw Charity Classic
Fred Couples, Dave Barr Join Inaugural Shaw Charity Classic Field
One of the game’s greatest names, Fred Couples, along with one of the most accomplished Canadians ever to play on the PGA TOUR, Dave Barr, will join the field of the inaugural Shaw Charity Classic being contested at Calgary’s Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club, August 26 – September 1, 2013.
Sean Van Kesteren, Shaw Charity Classic Tournament Director, recently returned from a recruiting mission in Des Moines, Iowa at the Principal Charity Classic where he was enticing the Tour’s biggest names to come to Calgary. Having a premier lineup is critical as the Shaw Charity Classic aims to set itself apart from other Champions Tour events. “I think we’re going to be a top echelon event right out of the gates, and in order to do that you need to have a great field, and I’m very confident that we will,” said Van Kesteren.
The Shaw Charity Classic is just one of 10 events on the 26-tournament loop this year that offers a purse of $2 million or more. PGA Champions Tour president Mike Stevens added that the city is a draw to many of the golfers on the Champions Tour because the majority of them have never visited the area, referencing Banff as a highlight. Other notable Canadians on the senior's tour, Rod Spittle and Jim Rutledge, have also confirmed they will be present when the tournament tees off at Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club.
Shaw Charity Classic offers support to Canadian flood victims
The Calgary-based Shaw Charity Classic Patrons Group is donating $250,000 to the Southern Alberta Emergency Relief Fund, established to support organizations helping to rebuild following last month’s devastating floods. The donation comes on the heels of the June 18 announcement that Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta was selected as the first charitable partner of the Shaw Charity Classic.
The Patron Group, a philanthropic team comprised of tournament chairman Clay Riddell, vice chairman Allan Markin, as well as Keith MacPhail, Jim Riddell, Guy Turcotte and PGA Tour professional Stephen Ames, created the Shaw Charity Classic with a view to not only bring a high-calibre, family-friendly professional sporting event to Calgary, but also to raise money to support children’s charities in the city and across Southern Alberta. Last month’s devastating floods spurred the Group to expedite its philanthropic efforts in advance of the Shaw Charity Classic’s inaugural events at Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club, August 26 to September 1.
To date, the Shaw Charity Classic has committed $1.25 million in donations to local charities.
Further information regarding the Shaw Charity Classic can be found at www.shawcharityclassic.com.