Taking Ames at Classic

DARREN FRIESEN -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 6:52 AM ET

Stepping out from behind the bag, Robert Ames will seek some pro golf glory of his own.

Ames, brother and caddie for Calgary PGA Tour player Stephen Ames, has accepted a sponsor's exemption for next month's Nationwide Tour event -- the Alberta Classic.

The four-day tournament, which will be held at Redwood Meadows from Sept. 1-4, is the second of two Canadian stops on the PGA's developmental loop.

Joining Ames on the exemption list will be James Love of Calgary.

Love, who came from behind to win the Alberta Amateur in Edmonton three weeks ago and recently qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championship, is a junior at the University of Denver.

As for Ames, playing at the Classic will be one of his biggest tests to date.

His golf resume at this point includes a best-finish fourth on the Hooters Tour and a couple of stints playing internationally in World Cup events.

Nonetheless, he's excited about his big break.

"What a wonderful and exciting opportunity to play in the Alberta Classic this coming fall, which is rated by many a Nationwide Tour player as one of the best venues all year," said Ames in a statement.

"In addition to playing in my brother's hometown, my family and I look forward to the great week in Calgary."

While Stephen won't be on the bag for his brother, he won't be working that week either.

Stephen, whose best finish this season was a tie for sixth at the MCI Heritage, will put on a clinic at Redwood on the Saturday during third-round play of the Classic.

For Mark Hlady, president of the Alberta Classic, having both Ames brothers in attendance, not to mention some of the best PGA prospects, will help spice up the event.

"This is a really good thing," said Hlady.

"The connection with his brother Stephen certainly helps raise the profile of this event."

Other Canadians in the event this year will be Jim Rutledge, David Morland IV and Jon Mills, who currently sits sixth on the Nationwide Tour's money list with $218,808.

The Top-20 players on the money list automatically earn a promotion to the PGA Tour for the 2006 season.

From a course standpoint, organizers felt No. 15 at Redwood, which was a par-5 in last year's event, was too easy for the Nationwide players. Therefore, superintendent Heath Koch and his crew have shortened the hole, making it a par-4 and lowering par to 71.


Videos

Photos