One hundred years ago this summer, Francis Ouimet recorded one of the greatest victories of his career, taking the Western Golf Association’s Western Amateur Championship. This event was a memorable tournament for Mr. Ouimet, particularly during the 1917 season as his amateur status had been revoked by the USGA at the time. Unable to compete in the U.S. Amateur because he operated a sporting goods store that sold golf equipment, the Western Amateur was another fantastic test of his skill as an amateur golfer.
The Western Golf Association had long admired Mr. Ouimet, and, as a golf governing body, issued him a special invitation to the Western Amateur, which is still one of the premier amateur events in the country today. Mr. Ouimet gladly accepted, and played in the event at Midlothian Country Club in Blue Island, Illinois, where he scored several large-margin wins on his journey to capturing the match play title: 1 up defeating Kenneth P. Edwards on July 14, 1917.
The following January, the USGA restored Ouimet’s status when he joined the U.S. Army during World War I.