The Ouimet Fund announced that it will launch a major celebration of the centennial of Francis Ouimet’s historic 1913 US Open victory – “Ouimet 100”.
“Mr. Ouimet’s 1913 US Open victory is the most significant moment in American golf history, and we are honored to be carrying on his legacy. It is thrilling to be able to get started on so many phases of Ouimet 100 – and have a lot more to go,” said Ouimet Fund President Dick Reilly. He also announced that The Fund will award $1.5 Million in scholarship in 2012 -2013 and that will bring it to the milestone levels of $25 Million in awards 5,000 students receiving scholarships since its founding in 1949. “We think Mr. Ouimet would be absolutely delighted that so many wonderful young people have been helped in his memory.”
The official “kickoff” to the centennial will take place in a special celebration on November 14, 2012 at Fenway Park’s State Street Pavilion. Two great Boston sports institutions – Fenway Park and Mr. Ouimet’s US Open victory – will be celebrating centennials and jointly toasted.
Centennial programs will be announced that include the Ouimet 100 logo, the Honorary Chair and Ambassadors group, the Centennial Committee, a communications program, a special Alumni activation social media program, sponsorship initiatives, Club Relations programs, a drive for corporate partnerships and endowed scholarships, special events, and a possible Ouimet license plate and other commemorative items. Still being developed are involvements with the 2013 US Amateur Championship and logoed clothing. All of these programs are geared toward a great increase in annual scholarship awards.
The Ouimet Fund is extremely proud that Arnold Palmer has agreed to serve as Honorary Chair of the Centennial. Joining him as special Ambassadors are many of our prior Francis Ouimet Award for Lifelong Contributions to Golf Banquet honorees and other honored Ouimet friends. Ambassadors who have joined to date are Annika Sorenstam, Former President George H.W. Bush, Ben Crenshaw, Greatest Game Ever Played author/movie producer Mark Frost, Peter Jacobsen, retired Sports Illustrated Editor/Publisher Mark Mulvoy, Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Gary Player, Curtis Strange, Ken Venturi and Tom Watson.