Ames' drive helps boost community

BILLY POWERS

, Last Updated: 10:14 AM ET

Calgary's best-known golfer worldwide is Stephen Ames.

He's into the game for money, but not always for his own gain. On the PGA Tour this year, he made more than $2.6 million but this week he went out of his way for someone else.

At the request of Calgary businessman Craig Wilkie, Ames took Wilkie, his two sons Andre and Jean-Mark and Pinebrook assistant pro Luke Workman to the Coeur D'Alene Golf Resort in Idaho for a golf game of a lifetime.

They were hosted by Mike Delong, the director of sales at the resort, flown down in Calgarian Don Murray's jet and when they got back, the Alberta Children's Hospital was richer by a whole bunch of bucks. Ames is obviously a man who likes to give back to the community.

HALL OF A HELP TO THE GAME

Two fine men are about to be added to the Alberta Golf Association's Hall of Fame.

Glenn Gray, an Edmontonian, and Calgary's Bill Tait will be added next month during a Calgary Country Club function.

Gray won the Alberta junior title in 1941, and 43 years later, he represented Alberta at the Canadian senior men's championship.

Ironically, Tait was on that team, along with Calgarians Earl Wood and Len Brayton.

While Tait's awards are many, I think his claim to real fame is he eagled every hole at his home course, the Calgary Country Club. An ace on the par-3s, deuces on the par-4s and threes on the par-5s. Now that's golf.

Selfless Services

Also being recognized that night for their dedication to the game will be a couple of Calgary sorts who put the game in front of their lives the way I've seen it come down. Lola Rozsa and Tony Krivoblocki will be honoured with distinguished service awards.

Calgary's time to shine

It was almost a Calgary sweep of the Alberta Professional Golfers Association awards that came down this week.

Steve Moe of Sirocco was selected as the pro of the year, Cottonwood's Brian Fast was picked as the top assistant, and the teacher of the year award went to Grant Cook from the National Golf Academy at Shaganappi.

We also had Darryl James from the National Golf Academy at McCall Lake being named player of the year.

Priddis Greens took the merchandiser of the year, and the sales representative award went to Bob Soutar of Mint Green Group.

Longtime Country Club pro Al Ewen took the lifetime achievement award.

CHEERS TO HUF'S OTHER HALF

It's ever so obvious Big John Forzani and the posse did the right thing in enticing John Hufnagel out of the U.S. to coach their Calgary Stampeders.

But behind the scenes, there has been a big-time bonus that "Huf" brought his wife Penny with him.

This is a lady who likes to get involved and quickly got into the stream with the Stampeders and their wives and girlfriends. She spearheaded the annual Labour Day drive for the food bank, and the project set records for food donated and money received.

Last week, she and Stamps safety Wes Lysack masterminded the Pink Power program, where 500 pink ball caps were put up for sale in support of the Canadian Cancer Society.

They had 500 on hand at $20 a pop, and I can tell you those were gone before the gates opened. By the demand we noticed doing our CHQR pre-game show from the parking lot on the east side, another 1,000 would have been gobbled up .

Penny really moves in and takes control, and it's great that she's back in our city.


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