Nick Price, winner of three major championships, twice leading money winner, three time Captain of the Presidents Cup International team and a Golf Hall of Fame member was the guest speaker and honored with the 20th 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 the U.S., was held Monday, March 13 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. The Connolly Group – Morgan Stanley was again the Presenting Sponsor.
“We were thrilled to have Nick Price as our 2017 honoree and also to have Dave Marr III again so ably serve as our Master of Ceremonies. Nick has an amazing record and is certainly one of the top players of the past 25 years. He has also become highly respected with his work with the Presidents Cup and is also known as one of the nicest people in the game,” said Greg Gailius, Ouimet Fund President.
Mr. Price has a tremendous record, including having won three majors – the 1992 and 1994 PGA Championships and the 1994 British Open title. Altogether, he won 18 times on the PGA TOUR, was leading money winner twice, was ranked #1 in the world for 43 weeks, and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2003. He currently plays on the PGA TOUR Champions, where he has won four times.
He has played in the Presidents Cup five times and was Captain of the International team in 2013 and 2015, and will serve again in that role this year at Liberty National.
The Francis Ouimet Award for Lifelong Contributions to Golf became part of the Ouimet Annual Banquet when the late Arnold Palmer was honored in 1997. Subsequent honorees have been Gene Sarazen, Ben Crenshaw, Curtis Strange, Ken Venturi & Eddie Lowery, Former President George H.W. Bush, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Nancy Lopez, Greg Norman, Peter Jacobsen, Jack & Barbara Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Annika Sorenstam, Mark O’Meara, Mr. Ouimet himself in 2013, the Centennial of his historic U.S. Open victory, Brad Faxon, Tom Lehman and now Mr. Price.
Scholarships: The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund announced it plans to increase annual scholarships another $150,000 to a record-$2 Million. The milestone is the target established in its now-culminated Centennial Campaign begun in 2013. Through the 2016-2017 Academic Year, The Fund has awarded nearly $32 Million to 5,600 scholars. “This is a great moment for us, and comes at a time of tremendous need as we have had an enormous increase in applications,” said Mr. Gailius.
Arnold Palmer Tribute: A special highlight of the evening was the presentation of personal reflections on Arnold Palmer by Richard F. Connolly, Jr. the late Mr. Palmer’s long-time financial advisor and close friend. The emotional moment was held in a program slot normally reserved for the presentation of the Ouimet Fund’s Distinguished Service Award named for Mr. Connolly. In addition to being The Fund’s First Lifelong Contributions to Golf Award recipient, Mr. Palmer was the Connolly Award recipient at the 2013 Centennial Banquet and also Centennial and Ouimet Memorial Tournament Honorary Chair.
Other Announcements: Jennifer Barry, who worked in the pro shop at Woodland Golf Club and is a senior at Quinnipiac University, was Student Speaker. A four-year Ouimet Scholar and winner of six Ouimet endowed awards, Jennifer will graduate with a degree in nursing this May and aspires to work in a hospital as a neonatal or labor & delivery nurse.
Ouimet Creates Scholarship in Name of Wendy Price, Nick Price’s Mother: The Ouimet Fund announced at the Annual Banquet the creation of a permanently endowed scholarship in the name of the late Wendy Price, Nick Price’s mother. The Fund has created an endowed award from part of the banquet proceeds every year and asks the Banquet honoree to designate whom the award would honor. Mr. Price explained in his remarks that his father died when he was only eight. His mother, who died in 2015, raised Nick and his two siblings. He stated how much of an inspiration she was to him. “This scholarship means a lot to me,” he explained.