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|Stephen Ames: Balancing Golf And Family: Part Two|
“So, I’ve created a form of one great competition between the two groups. We have age groups from 13 to 21, both boys and girls. We have great competition but at the same time we’ve created a great camaraderie between the two groups, so those that have played in the event are still pen pals with others. We’ve created more insight into the cultures of both countries.”
For an athlete who has achieved and received plenty in his career, events like this allow him to give back to the game and the two countries he loves. He knows he’s one of the lucky ones in life, so to him this type of benefit work is simply an offshoot of that and something that he feels he must do.
“This is my way of giving back. It’s a really fulfilling part of my life and career helping the kids and doing that. So much so that now my kids are getting involved, being standard bearers and caddies and walking around with the kids (players). They’ve had great relationships with the kids from Trinidad, whom they don’t get to see very often, so I think in that sense it’s been really good for me.”
Ames noted at this point that along with his foundation, there were some major contributors to making his mini-event popular, and possible. This has come through the generosity of companies like Nike, WestJet and RBC as well as others.
As for the CJGA, Ames claimed signing on with the national golf program to act as a mentor for young players in Canada was simply “a no brainer.” In fact, the CJGA’s move was so strong in this manner that they’ve since teamed up with this country’s major golfing body, the RCGA, to further develop the nation’s youth in the sport.
“When they approached me I said ‘Sure, I’d love to.’ Giving back to junior golf, and junior golfers in general, is always something I’ve had a passion for. I said I thought it was a great idea and now they’re running things a little different than they were. The CJGA is running all the events for the juniors and the RCGA is doing just the elite players. That makes a lot more sense rather than battling each other so in that sense, I guess in some respects I’m helping the RCGA as well.”
In Part Three Of This Feature Piece that run in our Monday, June 7th newsletter, Ames talks about what we need to do get more players on the top tours, his equipment and his perspectives on the state of his game. Click HERE to read Part One of this series.
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