October 20, 2016


Shaw Charity Classic Shatters Own Record for Charitable Giving on PGA TOUR Champions

Award-winning tournament raises $5,217,713 for 124 youth-based Alberta charities in 2016


CALGARY—Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast have chipped in to help the Shaw Charity Classic raise $5,217,713 for 124 youth-based charities across Alberta.


It is the fourth straight year Calgary’s marquee golf event has set a record for charitable giving on the PGA TOUR Champions, shattering its previous mark of nearly $4 million one year ago. In the tournament’s short four-year history, it has now raised a total of more than $13.8 million for children’s charities in the province.


“The Shaw Charity Classic has never lost focus of its core mission: to bring elite golf to Calgary for families to enjoy while raising significant money for youth in Alberta who need our support,” said Clay Riddell, Tournament Chairman.


“This donation reflects the ongoing commitment of Albertans to giving back to their community despite the difficult economy we are all facing in the province. But the gifting for this tournament now extends right across the country, thanks to new initiatives that have made it possible for more Canadians to become involved in the Shaw Charity Classic.”


Birdies for Kids – a program initiated in 2015 – sparked tremendous growth in the Shaw Charity Classic’s fundraising efforts. Thanks to the support of its presenting partner, AltaLink, Birdies for Kids expanded its number of charitable beneficiaries in Alberta in its second year, and received donations from more than 1,600 people in all corners of the country.


“The financial support from the Shaw Charity Classic not only gives kids like myself the opportunity to go to summer camp, but it provides us with experiences that are changing our lives in a positive way,” said Blake McDougall, who spoke on behalf of Camp Cadicasu, one of the tournament’s beneficiaries, at the official charity announcement on Thursday. “There is nothing more powerful than providing kids with the simple opportunity to establish friendships, sing songs, and sit around a campfire. Thanks to the Shaw Charity Classic’s support, hundreds of more kids will gain inspiration, be encouraged to dream big, and build confidence in themselves at Camp Cadicasu.”


Birdies for Kids gives individuals and corporations the opportunity to make a one-time or per-birdie donation, directed to the children’s charity of their choice. Those donations were further leveraged through a tiered matching program that saw a percentage of the first $250,000 donated to each charity.


A star studded field of PGA TOUR Champions players, including Tom Watson, Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, John Daly and 2016 champion Carlos Franco, combined to fire a total of 890 birdies during the three competitive rounds this year.


Birdies for Kids aside, the tournament’s charitable spirit is rooted with its title partner – Shaw Communications Inc. – who announced in June a commitment of $1 million to support the corporation’s two official charitable partners of the Shaw Charity Classic – The Alex and Kids Help Phone. This donation saw The Alex receive $700,000 to fund its youth-based programs and support construction and operation of its new Community Food Centre in Calgary. Kids Help Phone received $300,000 to support BroTalk, a dedicated online support zone and referral service for young men ages 14 to 18.


“When we started the Shaw Charity Classic in 2013, we imagined creating a platform to give back to the community while providing a unique experience for Calgarians. Our imagination never got this big,” said Brad Shaw, CEO, Shaw Communications. “This year’s tournament was an exceptional family-friendly event that raised a record-shattering charitable donation, showcasing the incredible generosity of Calgarians.”


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Tournament Week 2016

Monday Media Round Up

Tuesday Media Round Up

Wednesday Media Round Up

Tournament Round #1 Notes - Friday

Friday Transcripts - David Frost, Jose Coceres, Jeff Maggert, Bernhard Langer, Tom Watson

Tournament Round #2 Notes - Saturday

Saturday Transcripts - Jeff Maggert, Bernhard Langer, Michael Allen

Tournament Round #3 Notes - Sunday

Sunday Transcripts - Carlos Franco, Tom Watson




2016 Shaw Charity Classic (Newest to Oldest)

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Shaw Charity Classic Tees Up Community Events

Ten More PGA TOUR Major Winners Added to Shaw Charity Classic Field

Shaw Charity Classic Lassos Former Champions

More Power Behind Charitable Fundraising with Inaugural Birdies for Kids Champions Run

Colin Montgomerie Returns to Shaw Charity Classic with Unfinished Business

Long John Daly Brings Travelling Road Show to Calgary's Shaw Charity Classic

One Member of Canada’s 2016 Hole-in-One Club to Win Pro-Am Golf Experience

Bernhard Langer is Coming Back to YYC for Shaw Charity Classic

Tom Watson First to Commit to 2016 Shaw Charity Classic




2015 Shaw Charity Classic (Newest to Oldest)

Shaw Charity Classic Claims Second Consecutive PGA TOUR Champions President's Award

Shaw Charity Classic Takes Charitable Giving to New Heights with Nearly $4 Million Donation

Second Round Notes (Saturday August 8)

First Round Notes (Friday August 7)

Calgarians Stephen Ames and Darryl James Lead Four Canucks into Shaw Charity Classic

Miguel Angel Jimenez Adds Fire Power to 2015 Shaw Charity Classic Field

Fred Couples Focused on Defending Shaw Charity Classic Title

Inaugural Champion Rocco Mediate Leads Big Guns into Stampede City

Shaw Communications Extends Support for Shaw Charity Classic until 2017

Champions Tour Rookies Lee Janzen and Scott McCarron Commit to Shaw Charity Classic

Shaw Charity Classic and AltaLink launch new Birdies for Kids Program

Mark O’Meara, Ian Woosnam and Peter Jacobsen Commit First to Tee it Up at Shaw Classic

Shaw Charity Classic to Deliver Member of Canada's 2015 Hole-in-One Club with Golf Experience




2014 Shaw Charity Classic (Newest to Oldest)

Shaw Charity Classic Earns Prestigious President's Award

Shaw Charity Classic Tops Record-Setting Donation of $2,406,610

Final Round Notes (Sunday August 31)

Second Round Notes (Saturday August 30)

First Round Notes (Friday August 29)

Daily Media Update (Thursday August 28)

Daily Media Update (Wednesday August 27)

Daily Media Update (Tuesday August 26)

All 2014 Shaw Charity Classic Transcripts

Stephen Ames Inducted into Canadian Golf Hall of Fame

Three Members of Golf's 59 Club Take Aim at the Shaw Charity Classic

Tom Lehman, Mark O'Meara and Hale Irwin Add to World-Leading Field in Calgary

Hometown Boy Stephen Ames to Tee it Up in Calgary

Freddie's Coming Back to the Stampede City

Shaw Communications Commits $1.275 million to Charity Partners of 2014 Shaw Charity Classic

Charles Schwab Cup Points Leader, Bernhard Langer, Confirmed to Play 2014 SCC

Rocco Mediate, Kenny Perry, Mark Calcavecchia Commit First for 2014 SCC

2013 Shaw Charity Classic (Newest to Oldest)

PGA TOUR's Champions Tour Awards Shaw Charity Classic "Outstanding Achievement Award"

Mediate Joins Shaw Charity Classic Officials to Unveil Record-Setting Charitable Donation

Final Round Notes (Sunday September 1)

Second Round Notes (Saturday August 31)

First Round Notes (Friday August 30)

Round 1 Scores

Thursday Media Round Up

Wednesday Media Round Up

Tuesday Media Round Up

All 2013 Shaw Charity Classic Transcripts

Tom Kite Rounds Out Stellar Field for Inaugural Shaw Charity Classic in Calgary

Golf Channel and PGA TOUR Releases Television Broadcast Restrictions for 2013 SCC

Presidents Cup Captains Fred Couples and Nice Price Lead Stellar Field Set

Senior British Open Champion Mark Wiebe Leads 3 More Champions Tour Greats into Calgary

Three British Open Champions Book Tickets to Play Shaw Charity Classic

Shaw Charity Classic pitching in to help flood victims

Steve Elkington, John Cook and Kenny Perry commit to the Shaw Charity Classic

Shaw Communications announces $1 million donation to first Official Charity Partner

Shaw Charity Classic announces tickets and corporate hospitality now on sale

Shaw Communications Named Title Sponsor