The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund has announced a new permanently endowed scholarship in the names of New England PGA Hall of Fame professionals: the late Ken Campbell and Bob Beach. The Campbell-Beach Scholarship was announced at The Fund’s 15th “Investing in Lifetimes” Reception at Wellesley Country Club on June 20. It was funded by a special gift from Ouimet Alumnus Dan McLaughlin ’78 and his wife, Julie. Mr. McLaughlin gave a very moving and inspirational talk which was the highlight of the evening.
“This was a very special moment for us. Dan spoke from the heart about how Ken Campbell had mentored him, given him his first golf lesson, and first clubs. Dan was just 13 then and working as a caddie at Ponkapoag Golf Course where Mr. Campbell was the head pro. Mr. Campbell was recognized for numerous contributions to golf and the PGA during his lifetime, including countless efforts to develop and promote junior golf. He also spoke of how Bob Beach, the head pro at Braintree Municipal Golf Course, has helped so many thousands of people with golf lessons, particularly veterans and those with physical disabilities. This was a wonderful gift by Dan and Julie,” said Ouimet Fund President Greg Gailius. Mr. McLaughlin is a financial planner at UBS in Boston.
Interestingly, Mr. Beach is married to Cathleen Campbell Beach, a daughter of Ken Campbell. They are both Ouimet Scholarship Alumni. She is Executive Director of the Women’s Golf Association of Massachusetts (WGAM). Three of Cathleen’s siblings were Ouimet Scholars, and two of them are also golf professionals: Jim Campbell at Cape Cod National and Andrew Campbell at Black Hall Country Club (CT). The entire Campbell family was on hand along with Mr. Beach and all were presented Ouimet plaques to commemorate the new scholarship. The Campbell-Beach Scholarship will be restricted to Ouimet Scholars who have worked at daily fee golf courses, have assisted with junior golf programs and/or with golfers with disabilities, or have great financial need.
The Ouimet’s “Investing in Lifetimes” event celebrates The Fund’s 135 permanently endowed scholarships. Those awards are given in addition to the regular Ouimet Scholarships. In the coming academic year, The Fund will award $2 Million in need based aid to young people who have worked at least two years at a Massachusetts golf course as a caddie or in the pro shop or course superintendent operations.