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Caribbean (West Indians)

Stephen Ames (Trinidad and Tobago)

Ames was born on 1964 in San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago. He showed his golfing ability at a young age, including firing a club record sixty-six during the Hoerman Cup in Barbados when only sixteen. Performances such as that one earned him a scholarship to golf school in Boca Raton, Florida. In 1987 he turned pro and began playing in the United States, winning his first tournament in 1991 on the Ben Hogan Tour. In 1992 he moved to Europe and competed on the European Tour, winning events in 1994 and 1996. In 1997 he placed third during Professional Golf Association (PGA) Tour School, earning the right to play the 1998 PGA season. For six years he played solidly, gaining experience, but not breaking out. In 2004, he finally notched his first PGA Tour victory at the Cialis Western Open. That year he also moved into the top twenty in world rankings. In 2006, Ames won his second tournament, the Player Championship, one of the most competitive tournaments in golf. His first place prize amounted to $1,440,000 (U.S.). For his career, Ames has won over $11,000,000 (U.S.).

Ames is married to a Canadian and himself became a Canadian citizen in 2004 and holds dual citizen with Trinidad and Tobago. He now lives in Calgary. He supports both countries through his sponsorship of the Stephen Ames Cup, where junior teams from Canada compete with teams for Trinidad and Tobago.

George Rogers (Jamaica)

George Rogers was born in Jamaica and came to Canada in 1975. He graduated from Leduc Senior High School two years later and in 1980 received a Business Administration diploma from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT).

In 1986, Rogers joined the City of Leduc as Assistant Treasurer and after three years moved to Redcliff where as Municipal Administrator he handled the roles of Secretary-Treasurer and Assistant Town Manager. He returned to Leduc in 1992 and started a real estate business. That same year he ran for city council and won. He was re-elected in 1995. In 1998 he again ran for city council, but this time for mayor and again he was victorious. He repeated the feat in 2001.

During his time on Leduc’s city council, Rogers was also involved with the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, serving as vice-president for four years before becoming president for another two. In November, 2004, Rogers was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for the riding of Leduc-Beaumont-Devon.

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