It is with great sadness that the Ouimet Fund reflects on the passing of Honorary Trustee and legendary Worcester Country Club Head Golf Professional Ray LaJoie.
Mr. Lajoie spent 47 years at Worcester Country Club. He served his members with great distinction, was very active with the New England PGA on many committees, and established the Lori Lajoie tournament in honor of his developmentally challenged daughter. Over the years, the tournament has raised over $5 Million to help people in Worcester County and beyond who have physical and mental developmental challenges. Ray’s wife Coco, who ran the tournament with him for many years, also passed away recently.
His greatest legacy with the Ouimet Fund came from his tremendous dedication to the storied caddie program at WCC. Ray and WCC prided themselves on a program which has 100 regular caddies. Several today are grandchildren of caddies who started under Ray in the 1950’s. Mr. LaJoie pushed many of them to apply for the Ouimet Scholarship, and WCC consistently ranks in the top level of clubs with total annual Scholars and fundraising support. Worcester is consistently one of the top fundraising teams in the Ouimet Golf Marathon and several Worcester Ouimet Scholars have been the student speaker at the Ouimet Annual Banquet. Mr. LaJoie was elected to the New England PGA Hall of Fame in 2006, and was awarded the PGA of America’s Deacon Palmer Award in 2015.