PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The Champions Tour announced Shaw Communications as the title sponsor for the Champions Tour tournament to be played at Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The tournament, to be known as the Shaw Charity Classic, will be held the week of Aug. 26-Sept. 1, 2013.
“We are excited to be part of this international event in our hometown and help create a platform that celebrates our community and makes our charities even better,” said Brad Shaw, CEO, Shaw Communications. “We have grown from our roots as a small cable company here in Alberta, and giving back and supporting the communities we live in has always been part of who we are as a family and as an organization.”
”We knew when we announced that the Champions Tour was coming to Calgary that all the elements were in place to create a spectacular event through the tremendous community support the market so often delivers,” said Champions Tour President Mike Stevens. “Having Shaw Communications, a true community leader, agree to become title sponsor of the event further solidifies our belief that through their support and leadership this event could become the best on the Champions Tour. It’s been a long time since a golf tournament of this caliber visited Calgary, but now, the Shaw Charity Classic will deliver exactly what this market deserves – an exciting event for the fans featuring the best players who have ever played the game of golf.”
The 54-hole strokeplay tournament will have a purse of US$2 million and will be contested by a field of 81 Champions Tour professionals. The winner will receive US$300,000 and 300 Charles Schwab Cup points.
The multi-year title announcement was made at a function in Calgary by Tournament Chairman Clay Riddell and fellow Tournament Patrons Allan Markin (Tournament Vice Chairman), Keith MacPhail, Guy Turcotte and Jim Riddell. The Shaw Charity Classic tournament logo was revealed at the announcement.
The Shaw Charity Classic will be another major international event for the city of Calgary following the long-established and world-famous Calgary Stampede held annually in the summer.
Also in attendance for the announcement was World Golf Hall of Fame member Lanny Wadkins, whose multiple victories include the 1977 PGA Championship and the 1978 Canadian PGA Championship.
Specific charities to benefit from the tournament have yet to be identified but the overall impact to the Calgary community, both economic and charitable, will be significant.
The Shaw Charity Classic will be the 16th official Champions Tour event to be played in Canada since the Champions Tour began in 1980, and the third in Calgary following tournaments won by Don January in 1983 and Brian Barnes in 1998.
Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club, a well-established course that borders Fish Creek Park and provides spectacular views of the Canadian Rockies, will provide a challenging test for the Champions Tour professionals according to Steve VanSickle, President of Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club.
“On behalf of the members and staff of Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club, I would like to welcome the Champions Tour to Calgary and Canyon Meadows,” said VanSickle. “With the recent renovations to the course we know Canyon Meadows will provide a great test of golf for the professionals and fans will enjoy watching the best players in the world right here in Calgary. Calgary has a wonderful history of successfully hosting major events and the Shaw Charity Classic will continue that reputation.”