The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund awarded its 2014 Ouimet Chair of the Year Award to Jack McDaniel of Worcester Country Club. The presentation was made at The Fund’s 66th Annual Meeting at Wollaston Golf Club on October 20, 2014.
Mr. McDaniel, Founder and Managing Director of iSUN International Group, has been the Ouimet Chair at Worcester Country Club for the past two years, further building on that club’s tremendous legacy of caddie and Ouimet support.
Jack has quickly established himself as one of the top Ouimet supporters. In 2013 he put on a tremendous post-Marathon campaign to bring WCC to the number one position in fundraising for the Ouimet Marathon. WCC had been seventh the previous year, but McDaniel’s personal contact work brought it to number one, knocking off six-time prior champ Oyster Harbors Club. WCC finished 2nd in the 2014 Marathon. He is a Ouimet Society Lifetime Member and has aggressively recruited several others in adding to the already impressive total WCC has as part of its stellar WCC Endowed Scholarship. He has offered to mentor other Ouimet Chairs, recruits and is an advocate for WCC Ouimet Scholar applicants. He also hosts/coordinates applicant interview in Central Massachusetts, following up the meetings with personal calls of congratulations to the families and continually makes suggestions to improve the process.
“Jack has been a great representative of the Ouimet Fund in many ways. We are thrilled to be able to recognize him and Worcester Country Club for all they do. This is the second Ouimet Chair at WCC to receive this honor, as Mike Grilli won in 2008. This Award is a small way of saying thanks for all of Jack’s help and a great example of what an individual can do,” said Ouimet Fund President Terry Kennedy.
Ouimet Chair of the Year Award
The Ouimet Chair serves in a variety of capacities at the approximately 100 Massachusetts clubs that actively support the Ouimet Fund. Ouimet Chairs coordinate sales of the Ouimet Bag Tags at each club, which is The Fund’s most important fundraising source. They 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 Chairs may also help in a variety of other fundraising 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 Golf Marathon and the Annual Banquet, or hosting events. The award was established in 2001.