To The Players Championship winner, Stephen Ames: Go to Augusta!
I was also pulling for Ames to win, even as I was pulling for others in the field to make for some drama, because I know how hard it must have been for a guy from Trinidad to become a pro golfer.
Like Ames, I used to live in Trinidad. It is probably my favorite place in the Caribbean, but as far as golf, it’s nowheres-ville. The island loves its sports, mainly cricket, but golf is WAY down the list.
White people in Trinidad are a minority. It was interesting for me, in a different way from Ames, to live in a country as a minority and watch the racial tension in a country that didn’t involve whites; the racial divide in Trinidad is along African-Indian lines.
Ames, of course, lives in Canada now, where there are plenty of golf courses, but the fact he was able to become a pro golfer and win The Players, from a country where golf is almost unheard of, is a tremendous achievement.
Still, it’s hard to imagine Ames waffling about whether or not he will play in the Masters, where he gained entry by virtue of his win Ames had planned a family vacation in Orlando, apparently figuring he would not win at The Players, which wasn’t exactly bad thinking).
If he doesn’t show up in Augusta, I – along with the people of Trinidad – will be sorely disappointed.
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This guy has been through a year and a half of hell, his wife, whom he truly and deeply loves, almost died from Lung Cancer (which do you think is harder, beating lung cancer, or making the PGA outta Trini??) The woman is not out of the woods and still has a hard time many days. Ames is a hero for taking the stance he took, the masters is just what he said it was, just another golf tournament, an individual pleasure he'd happily forego for 2 weeks of quiet time with his family.
Give your head a shake you friggan snake, learn to golf yourself if you want the people of trinidad to see a hometown boy hit the green pastures of Augusta, Ames has better things to do.
He has put things in the right perspective according to himself and his family, congrats to him.
All golfers dream of playing at the Masters. I'm hoping that he puts his Disney vacation on hold. Too many screaming kids anyway.
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