The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund awarded its 2012 Ouimet Chair of the Year Award to William L. Healy, M.D. of Concord Country Club and Eastward Ho! Club. The presentation was made at The Fund’s 64th Annual Meeting at Brae Burn Country Club on October 22, 2012.
Dr. Healy serves as Ouimet Chair at both clubs, having been in the role at Concord since 2001 and Eastward Ho! since 2008. He has been tremendous in his efforts at each, greatly increasing the bag tag contributions, and developing programs by which members of those clubs can become Ouimet Society Lifetime Members and have their donations be credited toward endowed scholarships that have been established for scholars from the two clubs. He also seeks to have students apply for the scholarships, develops special communications to the memberships, and has also solicited other major gifts and endowed scholarships. He has been a Ouimet Director since 2010 and serves on the Ouimet Club Relations and Scholarship committees.
“Dr. Healy has been a great supporter of the Ouimet Fund and a wonderful example of how someone can really dig in and help at clubs. This award is a small way of saying thanks for all his help” said Dick Reilly, Ouimet Fund President.
Dr. Healy, Chairman of Orthopedic Surgery at Lahey Clinic, started in golf at the caddie camp at Oyster Harbors. He also caddied at Needham Golf Club and Charles River Country Club. “I wish I had learned to play golf when I was caddying,” said Dr. Healy who works to maintain a ten handicap. He has also served as an interviewer for Ouimet scholarship applicants on numerous occasions.
“My mother was a teacher, and my parents taught their four boys to “give back”. My brother Jim set a great example of this by serving as a Selectman for ten years in Needham and as President of Needham Golf Club,” Dr. Healy explained. I guess “giving back” was deeply ingrained in our family. I believe in the game of golf, in education, and in helping kids, and I’m happy to help the Ouimet Fund. I am very fortunate to be a member of these two great clubs!” Ouimet Chairman serves in a variety of capacities at the approximately 120 Massachusetts clubs that actively support the Ouimet Fund. Ouimet Chairmen coordinate sales of the Ouimet Bag Tags at each club, which is The Fund’s most important fund-raising source. Ouimet Chairmen may help in the development of caddie programs, recruit young workers to apply for the Ouimet Scholarship, interview prospective applicants and arrange for their club to be an interview site. Ouimet Chairmen may also help in a variety of other fund-raising roles, including recruiting members into the Ouimet Society, introducing prospects to The Fund who might endow scholarships or make other major gifts, arranging for their club to participate in the Ouimet Marathon and the Ouimet Annual Banquet, or host Ouimet events and other roles.