Steve Raymond, Parent of Scholar Matthew Raymond (Salem CC // St. Anselm College ’20)
I wanted to share something with you about our son’s experience since becoming a caddie and a Ouimet Scholar. His love of the game has grown immensely and he has joined his first club, Wenham Country Club as a junior (student) member. He plays every chance he gets, that is, when he’s not working as a caddie.
This past week he was invited by Fox Sports to work with the broadcast team for the U.S. Senior Open Championship held at Salem CC where he caddies. We were all thrilled, especially Matt. I have attached a picture of Matt with Fred Couples in the foreground that a friend sent us. But the bigger thrill came while watching Kenny Perry walk off the 18th green, a new Champion and the first person he shook hands with was our son, Matt! That was certainly special and Matt was in the right place at the right time.
Thanks to you and everyone at Ouimet for awakening Matt’s love for a very special game and providing experiences like these that will last a lifetime.
Katherine Wilbur (The Bay Club at Mattapoisett // University of South Carolina ’19)
When I started at The Bay Club I never knew the profound effect this first job could have on my future, not to mention I had never picked up a golf club in my life. When I look back on that job at The Bay Club, I think of the great friends I have made and what I would consider a second family in the golfing staff over there. I can honestly say I would not be where I am today without them.
They not only taught me a lot about golf, but I learned a lot more about myself. I was extremely shy and quiet when I started to work there. The members and the staff welcomed me with open arms and made it so easy for me to feel comfortable and become more outgoing. After that first summer, and the years to come, I gained more confidence and self-awareness and that was something I did not expect to come from that job.
Now at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy, I am currently starting research with one of my professors looking at prototype cancer drugs designed by another professor at the college and seeing their effect on cancer cells. I am also on the student government as secretary working on our school constitution and many other tasks for the college.
I am currently doing my summer rotation at Mass General Hospital. It is going to look great on my resume, but we don’t get paid for our rotations, in fact we have to pay to do rotations. So to be able to receive these funds from the Francis Ouimet Fund and especially these endowed scholarships —I can’t say enough, except thank you.
Bryan Cleary (Worcester CC // University of Massachusetts Amherst ’18)
I had an amazing semester in Sydney, Australia this past spring and it was only possible though the support of The Fund! I had a great time diving the Great Barrier Reef, exploring Bondi and Manly, and even got to travel to New Zealand over my spring break!
This summer, I am currently living in New York where I have an internship in the Investment Management division at Brown Brothers Harriman. As I am sure you are aware, this is the same bank that Mr. Ouimet himself worked at after his exit from golf. Thank you!
Scholars & parents: we want to hear your stories! To share, please email Danielle Pourbaix ’09 at firstname.lastname@example.org.