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Chris Catena, an assistant pro at Oyster Harbors, and Fundraiser Steve Demirjian extended the Oyster Harbors streak to six straight years as top fundraising club in the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund’s 21st Golf Marathon on Wednesday. Catena, a 30 year old who is in his second year at Oyster Harbors and second year playing in/leading the Ouimet Marathon, played 205 holes to help raise $23,700 to lead 34 clubs and organizations. He and Demirjian worked in tribute to the late Rick Stimets, who oversaw the Oyster Harbors fundraising for many years. The Marathon was played, as always, at Stow Acres Country Club’s South Course. The event raised a total of $241,000. The 2013 Ouimet Marathon, which is believed to be the highest fundraising Marathon in the U.S. this year, brought the total raised since the event’s inception in 1993 to $4.74 Million.
“This was one of the most perfect days ever for the Marathon. The conditions were ideal. The theme was 100 holes for 100 years to celebrate the Ouimet Centennial, and the players certainly honored Mr. Ouimet today with their great efforts,” said Terry Kennedy, Ouimet Fund President.
Connor Burdick of Worcester Country Club again recorded the most holes played with 210. He is a junior at Muhlenberg College.
Matt Alwin of Dedham Country & Polo Club as low pro at 20 under par. Joe Fitzsimmons of Marshfield CC, a Ouimet Scholar who is a senior at St. Alselm’s, was low amateur at 16 under. Teddy Mitropolous of Wellesley CC, a junior at Boston College, was low net at 39 under. Brian Hayes of New Seabury won the long drive competition. It was his fourth time winning the long drive at the Marathon. The golf scoring is based on 100 holes of play.
Brian Golden, who represented Winchester CC and was playing in his 19th Marathon, walked and carried his own bag for 100 holes.
The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund was founded in 1949 and since that time has awarded $26.5 Million to students who have worked at least two years in service to golf in Massachusetts. Ouimet Scholars work as caddies or in pro shop or course superintendent operations. The scholarship is a four-year renewable award and is need based. In 2013- 2014 The Fund plans to award at least $1.5 Million to approximately 300 students. Over 5,100 students have received Ouimet Scholarships since the 1949 founding, with many going on to outstanding positions of leadership in business and professional careers. The Ouimet Fund is one of the largest independent scholarship in New England and the 2nd largest “caddie fund” in the U.S. It is a 501 (c) (3) organization and is considered the Golf Charity of Massachusetts.