Ames makes case for the west

STEVE BUFFERY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:53 AM ET

OAKVILLE -- Calgary resident Stephen Ames believes it's time for RBC Canadian Open officials to hitch up the wagon and head west. At least more often.

Thunderstorms and rain have plagued the past two Opens at Glen Abbey, forcing this year's event to get pushed to the Monday, and Ames said that's basically what you're in for when you host the event in eastern Canada in July. Ames is ready to bid adieu to Glen Abbey, the site of the past two Opens and a course that seems to be dropping out of favour with many PGA players.

"There is another part of Canada, in the West, where we can go and play," said Ames, who finished yesterday at 12 under. "You don't have to be here all the time in Ontario. It would be nice sometime to go over to that part of the world."

While praising the grounds crews at Glen Abbey for keeping the course playable despite constant rains, he believes the weather the past two years has left a bitter taste in the mouths of many players and insisted that placing the Open in Alberta and British Columbia in July would offer more favourable playing conditions, although he is looking forward to next year's Open at St. George's in Etobicoke.

"Glen Abbey is a good golf course that's had its time," he said.

The 2011 Open will be held at the Shaughnessy G&CC in Vancouver.

Hats off

As a sign of his appreciation for the hard work of the course workers, Ames took it upon himself to purchase hats and sign each one for the 70-80 workers at Glen Abbey. He was also taken aback by all the fans who showed up yesterday.

"I can't believe how many people are unemployed in Canada right now," he said. "I thought the economy was a little better here than the States."

Just call them ace

Eight golfers have hit holes-in-one at this year's RBC Canadian Open, including American Kevin Sutherland, who aced the par-3 seventh hole yesterday.


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