Rhode Island native Brad Faxon, winner of eight PGA TOUR events and considered one of the most charitable players in golf, was the guest speaker and honored with the 18th Francis Ouimet Award for Lifelong Contributions to Golf at the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund’s 65th Annual Banquet. The Banquet, which has become the largest annual golf dinner in the U.S., was held Monday, April 13 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. The Connolly Group – Morgan Stanley was again the Presenting Sponsor.
“We are so thrilled to be able to honor New Englander Brad Faxon not only for his great playing record, but also for his tremendous charitable efforts. The Faxon family has had a special relationship with the Ouimet Fund, and this is a wonderful moment for us,” said Greg Gailius, Ouimet Fund President.
Considered one of the greatest pure putters in golf history, Faxon led the PGA TOUR three times in putting (setting the TOUR putting record) in a career in which he won eight events and played on two Ryder Cup Teams. He was ranked in the top 20 players in world rankings for numerous seasons. He has also won twice on the Champions Tour and been an announcer on NBC/Golf Channel broadcasts. He recently signed a contract with FOX Sports to be one of the lead announcers on their new USGA TV package. Faxon is also greatly known for his CVS Charity Classic in Rhode Island which has been, since 1999, a major fundraiser for the Billy Andrade/Brad Faxon Charities for Children. Faxon has been honored with the prestigious Payne Stewart Award and other awards in recognition of his charitable work.
Prior to turning professional in 1983, Faxon had an outstanding amateur career which included being the youngest player ever (18) to win the Francis Ouimet Memorial Tournament. He had a fine collegiate record at Furman University, where he won the Fred Haskins Award as collegiate Player of the Year in 1983. He recently led a drive to keep the Furman team playing when financial problems threatened to dissolve the program. Faxon’s grandfather, Raymond, was a Ouimet Fund Trustee who created one of The Fund’s largest endowed scholarships.
The Francis Ouimet Award for Lifelong Contributions to Golf became part of the Ouimet Annual Banquet when Arnold Palmer was honored. 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, and Mr. Ouimet himself in 2013, the Centennial of his historic U.S. Open victory.