2018 Ryder Cup Captain Jim Furyk, will be the guest speaker and honored with the 21st Francis Ouimet Award for Lifelong Contributions to Golf at the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund’s 67th Annual Banquet. The Banquet, which has become the largest annual golf dinner in America, is scheduled for Tuesday, March 27 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. The Connolly Group – Morgan Stanley will again be the Presenting Sponsor.
“Jim Furyk continues the tradition of tremendous Ouimet honorees. He has been one of the top players on the PGA TOUR for the past 24 years, has played on nine Ryder Cup teams including here in Boston in 1999, and is greatly respected for his charitable work. We are all looking forward to him leading the US Team in Paris in September,” said Jim Blue, Ouimet Fund President.
The Ouimet Banquet has a great history and its awardees that have included the late Arnold Palmer, Former President George H.W. Bush, Peter Jacobsen, Jack and Barbara Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Annika Sorenstam and Nick Price. Ticket and sponsorship information will be announced shortly on the Ouimet Fund’s website www.ouimet.org
Mr. Furyk has a superlative and consistent record, including having won 17 TOUR events including the 2003 US Open, and the 2010 TOUR and Fed Ex Cup Playoffs. He has finished in the top ten money winners list nine times. In 2016 he shot the only 58 in PGA TOUR history at the Travelers Championship.
The 47 year old Ponte Vedre, FL resident is one of the game’s most recognizable stars, known for his distinctive swing and strolling the fairways with caddie Mike “Fluff” Cowan, a Maine native.
Furyk grew up in Western Pennsylvania where his father was a golf professional. Mike Furyk has been Jim’s only teacher. He and his wife are very active with their Jim and Tabitha Furyk Foundation which was created to help families and children in need and supports numerous projects in Northern Florida. In 2016 he was honored by the PGA TOUR with its prestigious Payne Stewart Award for his charitable efforts.