The Champions Tour announced its 2014 award winners Friday in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., where Calgary’s Shaw Charity Classic was the recipient of the President’s Award.
Played at Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club, the Shaw Charity Classic’s charitable contribution exceeded $2-million and by winning the award, it marks the first time since it was established that a tournament staged outside the United States won the President’s Award.
“The Shaw Charity Classic was an exceptional event in its first year and elevated its performance and stature on the Champions Tour in its second,” said Miller Brady, senior vice president and chief of operations for the Champions Tour.
“Tournament officials attracted one of the strongest fields of the season; a direct result of players convincing those who skipped the inaugural event that it was a must-play tournament,” he added.
“Everyone involved should take great pride in how the event has rapidly developed. It’s certainly very deserving of the President’s Award,” said Brady.
The second-year event saw Fred Couples and Billy Andrade both record eagles on the final hole of regulation before heading to a playoff, eventually won by Couples with a birdie on the first extra hole.
“Receiving this prestigious award in just our second year shows the commitment of Shaw Communications and the Patron Group, not only to the Shaw Charity Classic, but to the local community and to the Champions Tour as a whole,” said tournament director Sean Van Kesteren.
“We’re extremely proud to win and we could never achieve this recognition without the efforts of our sponsors, volunteers, staff and fans,” he said.