Now a century after the 1913 U.S. Open, we take a look back at the life and legacy of Mr. Ouimet.
*GREEN text denotes Ouimet Fund history.
1893: Francis DeSales Ouimet is born to Arthur and Mary-Ellen Ouimet on May 8 in Brookline, MA.
1909: Wins Greater Boston Interscholastic Championship at Commonwealth Country Club (Newton, MA).
1913: Wins Massachusetts Amateur at Wollaston GC (Milton, MA), a forecast of things to come; In a stunning play-off upset over Harry Vardon & Ted Ray, considered the top two players in the world, Ouimet’s U.S. Open victory at The Country Club propels golf into a mainstream American sport.
1914: Wins U.S. Amateur at Ekwanok CC (Manchester, VT); Successfully defends Massachusetts Amateur Championship at Brae Burn CC (Newton, MA); Wins French Amateur Championship at La Boulie (Versailles, France).
1915: Wins 3rd straight Massachusetts Amateur Championship at Woodland GC.
1917: Enters United States Army and is stationed at Fort Devens; Performs fundraising exhibitions for the American Red Cross.
1918: Receives two honors: Stella Sullivan gives him her hand in matrimony, and he is also presented with the American Red Cross Prize Medal “in recognition of aid to humanity in World War I.”
1919: Wins his 4th Massachusetts Amateur Championship at Winchester CC (Winchester, MA).
1920: Runner-up to Chick Evans, U.S. Amateur Championship at Engineers CC (Roslyn, New York).
1923: Member, winning U.S. Walker Cup Team at St. Andrews Links (Scotland, U.K.); Semifinalist, U.S. Amateur Championship at Flossmoor CC (Flossmoor, IL); Semifinalist, British Amateur Championship.
1924: Semifinalist, U.S. Amateur Championship at Merion Cricket Club (Ardmore, PA); Champion, Crump Memorial Cup at Pine Valley GC (Pine Valley, NJ); Member, winning U.S. Walker Cup team at Garden City GC (Garden City, NY).
1925: Wins his 6th Massachusetts Amateur Championship at The Country Club; Finishes 3rd in U.S. Open at Worcester CC (one shot behind Bobby Jones & Willie MacFarlane).
1926: Member, winning U.S. Walker Cup team – St. Andrews; Semifinalist, U.S. Amateur Championship at Baltusrol GC (Springfield, NJ), loses to Bobby Jones.
1927: Semifinalist, U.S. Amateur Championship at Minikhada Club (Minneapolis, MN), loses to Bobby Jones; Winner, Crump Memorial Cup at Pine Valley.
1928: Member, Winning U.S. Walker Cup Team at Chicago GC (Wheaton, IL).
1929: Semifinalist, U.S. Amateur Championship at Pebble Beach Golf Links (Pebble Beach, CA).
1930: Member, Winning U.S. Walker Cup Team at Royal St. George (Sandwich, England).
1931: Becomes President, Boston Bruins Hockey Club; Winner, U.S. Amateur Championship at Beverly CC (Chicago, IL), defeats Jack Westland in finals.
1932: Semifinalist, U.S. Amateur Championship at Baltimore CC Five Acres Course (Timonium, MD); Winner, Massachusetts Open Championship at Oyster Harbors (Oysterville, MA); Member/Captain, Winning U.S. Walker Cup Team at The Country Club.
1934: Member/Captain, Winning U.S. Walker Cup Team at St. Andrews; Completes Walker Cup playing career, finishes with the most victories and appearances of any player in history (equaled only by Bill Campbell & Jay Sigel).
1936: Non-playing Captain, Winning U.S. Walker Cup Team, Pine Valley.
1940: Begins three year term on USGA’s Executive Committee and participates in the Association’s Support of War Effort; Becomes an original inductee of the PGA Hall of Fame.
1941: Named Vice President of the Boston Braves baseball team.
1944: Begins two year term as Secretary of the USGA.
1946: Begins two year term as Vice President of the USGA.
1947: Non-playing Captain, Winning U.S. Walker Cup Team at St. Andrews.
1949: The Ouimet Fund is founded by friends of Francis Ouimet and the Massachusetts Golf Association, which raises handicap card fee from $1.00 to $2.00; 13 scholars receive $4,600 in tuition assistance; Francis Ouimet completes his Walker Cup career as Captain as U.S. team wins at Winged Foot (Mamaroneck, NY); Ouimet Fund’s Annual Banquet begins at the Harvard Club.
1950: 21 Scholars receive $5,425 in 2nd year of Ouimet Fund.
1951: Francis Ouimet becomes the first American elected Captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.
1952: The first “class” of Ouimet Scholars finishes four years as The Fund awards $9,758 in Scholarships to 48 students; Mr. Ouimet is appointed Chairman of the Boston Arena Authority.
1953: The Ouimet Fund celebrates its 5th year by awarding $14,735 in Scholarships to 57 students; President Dwight Eisenhower paints a “Red Jacket” portrait of Francis Ouimet which is placed in a cottage at Augusta National Golf Club, which later goes to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.
1954: A Thomas Stephens portrait of Francis Ouimet in the Royal and Ancient’s Red Jacket is presented to the USGA by William Danforth and Ouimet’s famed caddie, Eddie Lowery.
1955: Massachusetts golfers begin buying Ouimet Fund “Bag Tags” to support the fundraising efforts of The Fund (by this time, the Ouimet Fund had become a separate organization, wholly dedicated to its scholarship program); The first tag is presented to President Dwight Eisenhower; Francis Ouimet is awarded the USGA’s first Bobby Jones award in recognition of “Distinguished Sportsmanship in Golf.”
1958: The Ouimet Fund celebrates 10th year by awarding $25,600 to 108 Scholars, bringing the 10-year total to $146,081 in Scholarships to 255 Scholars.
1963: The Ouimet Fund celebrates its 15th anniversary in several special ways: The U.S. Open is held at The Country Club honoring the 50th Anniversary of Ouimet’s 1913 U.S. Open victory; Dinner is held at the Park Plaza in Boston honoring Mr. Ouimet’s 1913 U.S. Open victory and the Ouimet Fund reprints Ouimet’s 1932 autobiography, A Game of Golf; Ouimet Scholars serve as caddies at the U.S. Open; Francis Ouimet is presented the “Walter Hagen Award” by the Golf Writer’s Association.
1965: Francis Ouimet acts as referee in a Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf segment shot at The Country Club.
1967: Francis D. Ouimet dies on September 2 at the age of 74, lifelong friend Gene Sarazen is one of the pall bearers; The William Danforth Award is established at the Harvard Business School (this is the Ouimet Fund’s first endowed scholarship and remains to be the only graduate school award).
1968: The Francis Ouimet Memorial Tournament started with Ben Murphy winning the inaugural event, Gene Sarazen is Honorary Chairman and will be so until his death in 1999; The Fund reaches 20th year by awarding $106,173 in Scholarships to 232 Scholars (this is the first time the Ouimet Fund surpasses $100,000 in a year); The U.S. Junior Championship is held at The Country Club and all participants are presented with a copy of A Game of Golf, the autobiography of Francis Ouimet, Ben Crenshaw is one of the participants and this begins his love of golf history.
1969: The Ouimet Fund starts to expand fundraising capabilities by beginning Par Club; Ouimet Memorial Tournament achieves national prominence as top ranked amateur Ed Tutwiler wins.
1970: The Ouimet Fund tops $1 Million in Scholarships since inception; Ken Kotowski becomes first Ouimet Scholar to win Ouimet Memorial Tournament.
1973: Ouimet Fund celebrates 25th year by awarding $130,600 in Scholarships to 273 Scholars.
1974: Francis Ouimet is an original inductee into the PGA/World Golf Hall of Fame along with Bobby Jones, Walter Hagen, and Gene Sarazen; Groundbreaking is held for the Francis Ouimet Museum with Gene Sarazen helping to turn a shovel.
1975: The Francis Ouimet Museum and Golf House offices open in Weston, Massachusetts (Alums Charlie Fox and Bob McDonald head up the successful project in which the building fundraising is kept separate from the Scholarship program); The Massachusetts Golf Association (MGA) and the Women’s Golf Association of Massachusetts (WGAM) share building with The Fund; Paul Murphy of Charles River CC becomes second Ouimet Alumnus to win the Ouimet Memorial Tournament.
1977: Ouimet Alumnus Peter Lynch takes over the Fidelity Magellan Fund and starts remarkable era in financial services industry.
1978: Ouimet Fund tops $2 Million in Scholarships awarded in its 30th year as it awards $155,200 to 287 Scholars; Francis Ouimet is honoree of 3rd Memorial Tournament at Jack Nicklaus’ Muirfield Village in Ohio (he was preceded by Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen).
1979: Joseph Morrill, Jr. Award founded within Ouimet Fund (first undergraduate endowed scholarship); Ouimet Alum Richard F. Connolly, Jr. begins 35+ year Chairmanship of Francis Ouimet Memorial Tournament.
1980: A group of members from The Country Club donate the “Francis Ouimet Trophy” to the USGA to be used in its new Senior Open Championship; Fred Anders endowed award established, named for the longtime caddie master at The Country Club; Future PGA TOUR star Brad Faxon wins Ouimet Memorial Tournament.
1983: The Fund celebrates its 35th year by awarding $279,700 in Scholarships to 290 Scholars.
1986: Alternate Jason Cook wins Ouimet Memorial Tournament.
1988: The 40th year of The Ouimet Fund is also the 75th Anniversary of Francis Ouimet’s 1913 U.S. Open victory. The two events are commemorated in several ways: The U.S. Open is held at The Country Club, won by Curtis Strange in a playoff; The U.S.P.S. issues a commemorative Francis Ouimet Stamp; The Ouimet Fund hosts a gala night at the Boston Pops; The United States Golf Association opens the Ouimet Room at its USGA Museum in Far Hills, NJ (the room houses the ‘Red Jacket’ portrait along with Ouimet’s U.S Open and two U.S. Amateur medals); The Ouimet Fund awards $319,000 to 276 Scholars, bringing the 40-year total to $4,818,671 to 2,627 Scholars.
1989: The Ouimet Fund tops $5 Million in Scholarships; American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) trophy for low scoring averages is named ‘The Francis Ouimet Trophy’ (first winners: David Duval & Vickie Goetze).
1992: The Ouimet Fund tops $6 Million in Scholarships; The Francis Ouimet Memorial Tournament celebrates 25th anniversary; The ‘Par Club’ renamed ‘The Francis Ouimet Society’; The first honorary membership is presented to The Royal & Ancient Golf Club in a ceremony at R&A Clubhouse, plaque is hung beneath portrait of Ouimet in Red Jacket.
1993: The 100th birthday celebration of Francis Ouimet kicks off, with daughters Jane Salvi & Barbara McLean; The Ouimet Golf Marathon is first held at Stow Acres CC (Stow, MA), raising $120,000 in its first year (the Ouimet Golf Marathon continues to be the leading fundraising Golf Marathon in the United States).
1994: The Ouimet Fund has its second straight record year as it awards $400,000 to 233 Scholars; The Fund develops a new bag tag called the ‘Booster Tag’ for public golf courses.
1995: The USGA selects the image of Francis Ouimet and Eddie Lowery as its Centennial Logo. Ouimet Fund President Dick Stimets presents USGA Executive Director David Fay with a special plaque and poem about Mr. Ouimet to commemorate the event.
1996: The Ouimet Fund enters in to a unique collaboration with the Black & White on Green Initiative, the City of Boston, and other groups to develop inner-city Ouimet Scholars through a special “camp/work” program at the City of Boston’s two golf courses (William J. Devine/Franklin Park and George Wright).
1997: Ouimet Alum Richard F. Connolly, Jr. arranges for Arnold Palmer to be the guest speaker and recipient of the first ‘Francis Ouimet Award for Lifelong Contributions to Golf’ Award at the Annual Banquet (a total of 1,400 guests attend the function which sets New England attendance and fundraising records).
1998: The Ouimet Fund starts a major new endowed scholarship campaign and nine new endowed scholarships are established.
1999: The Ouimet Fund celebrates its 50th anniversary year; Bob Pack of Texas makes a life-size statue of the famous Francis and Eddie image which is unveiled at the World Golf Hall of Fame.
2000: The Ouimet Fund establishes the Richard F. Connolly, Jr. Distinguished Service Award, presented each year at the Annual Banquet; The Fund was presented the Golf Digest Earl Woods Trophy in honor of its 50 year history and for its dedication to the inner-city initiatives, especially its work with the City of Boston Summer Golf Management Program.
2001: The Annual Banquet is another hit, this time honoring two golf legends: Eddie Lowery and Ken Venturi; Ouimet Alumnus Allen Doyle wins the Champions Tour’s season-long points race, The Schwab Cup, and designates part of the $1 Million annuity to the Heritage Fund, an endowed Scholarship.
2002: Mark Frost’s book The Greatest Game Ever Played is released; The Fund moves its offices to the William F. Connell Golf House at TPC Boston.
2003: The PGA TOUR’s Deutsche Bank Championship begins, and Ouimet Scholars work as caddies in the event’s Pro-Am; The special Dale Carnegie Course Program begins for Ouimet Scholars and is held annually throughout the summer months.
2004: Mr. Ouimet’s book A Game of Golf is re-printed with foreword by Ben Crenshaw.
2005: The Ouimet Fund sets a new Scholarship record by awarding $1 Million to a record 362 students across the state; Mark Frost’s book The Greatest Game Ever Played is turned into a Disney movie (the premiere is held in North Attleboro, MA with receptions at the nearby TPC Boston clubhouse and William F. Connell Golf House).
2006: Frank Vana, Jr. wins his record 4th Ouimet Memorial Tournament and Alison Walshe capped off a rare three-peat in the Women’s Division as the only player to win the title since its creation.
2007: The Ouimet Fund honors golf’s most famous couple, Jack and Barbara Nicklaus, at the 58th Annual Banquet in front of 2,100 guests (it was the largest golf dinner ever held in the United States); The Ouimet Golf Marathon celebrates 15 years and over $3 Million raised.
2008: The Richard F. Connolly, Jr. Scholarship was one of six Endowed Scholarships created in 2008. Also created was one in honor of golf writer Herbert Warren Wind, who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame later that year.
2009: Tom Watson is honored at The Fund’s 60th Annual Banquet. Throughout his career, Mr. Watson won eight major titles, including five British Open Championships, two Masters, and one U.S. Open.
2010: Annika Sorenstam, winner of 10 LPGA major championships, was honored with the 15th Francis Ouimet Award for Lifelong Contributions to Golf at the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund’s 61st Annual Banquet.
2012 : The Ouimet Award for Lifelong Contributions to Golf was presented to Mark O’Meara, who enthralled the guests in attendance with a heartfelt reflection on his time in golf; The Fund announces that Arnold Palmer will serve as the Centennial’s Honorary Chair.
2013: The Ouimet Fund celebrated Ouimet 100: The Centennial Celebration, which paid tribute to the moment American golf was born with Ouimet’s historic 1913 U.S. Open victory. Many special events took place, including Ouimet Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a Boston Harbor photo shoot featuring Arnold Palmer, and the largest Annual Banquet ever. The Centennial Gala honored Francis Ouimet and featured Arnold Palmer, Peter Jacobsen, Mark Frost, Bill Paxton, and Rich Lerner of Golf Channel.
2014: In the 2014 – 2015 academic year, The Fund achieved a new record of awarding $1.6 Million in Scholarships, 5% ($100,000) more than 2013 – 2014. In total, $28.1 Million has been awarded to 5,200 Ouimet Scholars! Also in 2014, a new Ouimet 100 display in the Ouimet Room at the William F. Connell Golf House & Museum was dedicated in honor of the Centennial year commemorating Mr. Ouimet’s historic 1913 U.S. Open victory. Memorabilia was also added to the 1914 U.S. Amateur display. Mr. Ouimet won the Championship on September 5, 1914 and considered it his most coveted title.
2015: In the 2015-2016 academic year, The Fund awarded a record $1.7 Million in Scholarships to a record number of Scholars, and the Ouimet Award for Lifelong Contributions to Golf was presented to New England native, Brad Faxon!
2016: In the 2016-2017 academic year, The Fund awarded a record $1.85 Million in Scholarships to the largest number of Scholars ever, and the Ouimet Award for Lifelong Contributions to Golf was presented to 2016 Ryder Cup Team USA Co-Captain, Tom Lehman!
2017: The Fund honored Hall of Famer and 2017 Presidents Cup Captain Nick Price at the Ouimet Banquet and The Fund announced an increase in annual awards to $2 Million in the upcoming fall.