Stephen Ames’ Profile
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Stephen Ames – Trinidad & Tobago’s Golfer of the Century
by Eddy Odingi
The name Stephen Ames will long be remembered among various clubhouses in the Caribbean, or the world for that matter. It’s up on the board at Marcus Points Country Club, where Ames won his first professional tournament … the Pensacola Open in 1991 on the Ben Hogan Tour; in France where he won the Lyon Open in 1993 on the Volvo European Tour; in England for the 1996 Benson & Hedges, and before the end of his career, it might be known in Hawaii, all over the USA and even Australia, depending on how the winds blow. Stephen Ames is no ordinary character.
In his Hoerman Cup debut at the age of 16 in 1980, he smashed the course record at Sandy Lane, Barbados, with a six-under-par total of 66. It was by no means his last.
There are other course records bearing his name in the USA and Europe. Last year he finished 30th among the top professional golfers in Europe and 82nd in the world, and while to some this may seem insignificant, to those who understand golf, it was a fantastic achievement coming from a player of a third world country. Do you think he is satisfied? No way! Not the Stephen Ames I know. His next move will be to get among the top raters so that he can represent the rest of the world against the USA in the President’s Cup. Ames will either rise to number one in the world or die trying.
Stephen Ames was born to play golf. And its only by tracking his history can one really appreciate that his life was all destined… everything working towards one purpose. He first appeared on the scene as a 12 year old youngster from South, playing with the local professionals at Moka around 1976, where he was christened the nick-name “Abdool” by Roy Benny. Always willing to learn, his game matured quickly and by age 16, was the hottest thing around. Yet, and this may have been an important ingredient in the development of his character, things were not all hunky-dory at that stage. There was this problem of his education which he was ignoring, and despite being the holder of a course record at Sandy Lane, in his debut year, was being taught hard lessons of discipline by his father Michael. Michael was refusing to send Stephen, then 17, to Tobago for the final leg of Hoerman Cup trials, in an effort to have him concentrate more on his studies. It took an article by a rookie journalist, pointing out that one, Stephen would have to go to Tobago to ensure a place on the team, and secondly, that his services would be badly needed for Trinidad and Tobago to defeat Bahamas, who were the top team and defending Hoerman Cup champions at the time.