Shaw Charity Classic

 CLICK ON PICTURE FOR VIDEO: luge athlete Sam Edney and bull rider Cody Snyder team off at the Shaw Charity Classic as it gets into the Stampede spirit by hosting its annual Shootout at the Meadows at the Canyon Meadows Golf Club.

 CLICK ON PICTURE FOR VIDEO: luge athlete Sam Edney and bull rider Cody Snyder team off at the Shaw Charity Classic as it gets into the Stampede spirit by hosting its annual Shootout at the Meadows at the Canyon Meadows Golf Club.

While the Shaw Charity Classic has quickly made a name for itself as a world-class sporting event that gives back to the community, the competitors who’ve shown up to play this “closest-to-the-pin” contest coined “The Shootout in the Meadows” have some impressive charitable credentials of their own.

“I cherished my time here,” explains former Calgary Flame Curtis Glencross of his seven years as a Flame. Today, he’s busy with charity work off-season that includes his annual Glencross Invitational Roughstock rodeo (Aug. 20 and 21 in Innisfail), which has raised more than $750,000 over the last three years for the Red Deer Ronald McDonald House.

Glencross, who played last season for the Washington Capitals and is a free agent as of July 1, says it’s important to give back to the local community that has treated him and his family so well.

“Any time I can help out, I can, and I do like to golf,” says the 32-year-old father of three who played in the Shaw Charity Classic last year.

For Snyder, the last two decades since retirement have been all about promoting his beloved sport and giving back to the community. His Cody Snyder’s BullBustin’ production company has staged more than 200 professional bull riding events across the country; his charity bull-riding events, such as the Ranchman’s Renegade Charity Bull Bustin’ (June 30 to July 1 at Ranchman’s on Macleod Trail), have raised more than $1.5 million for local charities.

“I know where these guys are coming from,” he says of the hosts of the Shaw Charity Classic, which raises funds for more than 20 youth-based southern Alberta charities. “They’re mixing great sport and entertainment with great benefit to the community.”

On this day, organizers also announce more top-notch players to the already stellar player lineup, including Craig Stadler (1982 Masters), Bob Tway (1986 PGA Championship), Scott Simpson (1987 U.S. Open), Jeff Sluman (1988 PGA Championship), Mark Calcavecchia (1989 British Open), Corey Pavin (1995 U.S. Open), and Mark Brooks (1996 PGA Championship).

Unfortunately, Snyder’s skill in the bull riding ring doesn’t save him when he and Edney go head-to-head on a shot destined for a putting green about 135 yards away. The young luger’s shot goes farther and closer to the hole, knocking the tough cowboy out of contention in just the first round of action.

“It is what it is,” he says after the quick elimination, adding that getting thrown off an angry, 680-kilogram bull hurts more, in every way. “It was fun trying — and for a good cause.”

vfortney@calgaryherald.com