The Champions Tour has announced that the Shaw Charity Classic in Calgary has won its Outstanding Achievement Award.
The award was one of four awards announced Thursday at the PGA Tour and Champions Tour tournament meetings held in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., at TPC Sawgrass.
The Outstanding Achievement Award is awarded by the Tournament Advisory Council to an event that introduces unique concepts and initiatives to promote the tournament.
Taking place after floods hit the Calgary area, the Shaw Charity Classic put an emphasis on thanking the community with initiatives surrounding the tournament, including the Shootout at the Meadows that featured first responders taking on Olympians in a Closest to the Pin showdown.
The tournament also made a $250,000 donation to flood recovery efforts that was included in the overall announcement of $2,276,251 going to southern Alberta charities. That donation is the single largest charitable donation in Champions Tour history.
In addition to giving each of the Champions Tour players a traditional Calgary welcome with white hats upon arrival at Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club, NHL players stopped by to meet with Champions Tour players and youth-based southern Alberta charitable beneficiaries.
“Calgary was already excited to have this Champions Tour event in our backyard, but to have the entire community come together to help us kick off tournament week was an added bonus,” said tournament director Sean Van Kesteren.
“We are honoured to receive this award from the Champions Tour and to be recognized as one of the top events on tour in only our first year is outstanding,” he said.
Tournament champion Rocco Mediate, who was eventually named Champions Tour rookie of the year, said the inaugural event has a bright future.
“Even after the devastating flood, Calgary showed how philanthropic they are. Those numbers are just crazy,” said Mediate.
“Everybody loved the golf course.What I liked most was the turnout. People came out and supported it like crazy. Besides our U.S. Open, it was as many people as we had all year,” he said.