The new Champions Tour event in Calgary is donating $250,000 to flood relief efforts in Southern Alberta.
The Shaw Charity Classic, scheduled to begin Aug. 30 at Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club, originally planned to send its charitable proceeds to children's charities, including the Kids Cancer Foundation of Alberta. But the group that formed the tournament (including PGA Tour veteran Stephen Ames) decided to also direct $250,000 to help with the cleanup of last month's massive floods.
"As Calgarians, we are saddened to see the devastation caused by the flooding in our city, and the impact those floods have had on thousands of children across Southern Alberta," tournament chairman Clay Riddell said in a news release. "In keeping with the spirit in which we created the Shaw Charity Classic Foundation, and the Champions Tour mandate to support communities, we are proud to direct the foundation's first donation to the Southern Alberta Emergency Relief Fund."
To date, the Shaw Charity Classic has committed $1.25-million in donations to local charities.
THREE-PEAT? Alena Sharp will be gunning this week for her third consecutive title at the PGA Women's Championship of Canada.
While the tournament's name isn't very elegant, the Hamilton native's golf has been quite refined in the past two editions of the tournament that features Canada's top touring and club pros.
The LPGA Tour regular won in a marathon playoff in 2011 in Toronto and then dusted the field in 2012 in Niagara Falls, Ont. Her attempt to three-peat begins Wednesday at The Club at North Halton in Georgetown, Ont.
The PGA of Canada, which conducts the championship, said the field this week is "one of the largest and strongest" in the event's history.
Other Canadian LPGA players include Sara-Maude Juneau, Rebecca Lee-Bentham and Stephanie Sherlock. Other notable Canadians include new pro Jennifer Kirby, Samantha Richdale and 2009 champion Jessica Shepley.
Other entrants include second-tier Symetra Tour regulars and Canada's top club pros.
ARCHITECTS' CHOICE St. George's Golf and Country Club in Toronto and Capilano Golf and Country Club in West Vancouver, B.C., have been named to Golf Course Architecture magazine's ranking of its top 100 courses in the world.
The ranking was based on a survey of 240 golf course architects around the world.
"The results provide a fascinating insight into what … architects believe makes a golf course special," said the magazine, which is revealing the top 100 in groups of 10.
It has so far revealed numbers 81 through 100.
St. George's came in at No. 81, while Capilano finished another 10 spots higher. Both of the historic gems were designed by Stanley Thompson.
Although there were still 80 courses to be unveiled as of Tuesday, the magazine indicated St. George's was the "highest placed Canadian course on our list."