Stow Acres CC was the scene for the Francis Ouimet Junior Qualifier on June 29-30. At stake were spots to the Ouimet Memorial, to be held July 29-31 at Essex County Club, Myopia Hunt Club and Francis’ home track, Woodland Golf Club.
Over 100 young men and women ranging in ages from 11-22 took to the North and South Courses at Stow. In the end, three players punched their tickets into the Tournament proper. In the men’s college division, Kavan Canekaratne a rising senior at University of San Diego fired rounds of 74 and 69 to narrowly edge last year’s winner Jimmy Walmsley of UMass-Lowell by one stroke. Walmsley closed with a pair of birdies with Canekaratne needing to sink a four-foot par putt on the 18th to avoid a playoff and claim the spot. Westwood’s Will Frodigh remained hot after his opening round 66, closing with a 72 for a two-day total of 6-under par 138 and four-shot victory over David Miccoli and Andrew O’Leary in the boy’s 16-18 bracket. In the girl’s division, Carrie Ann Lee of Hong Kong posted rounds of 72-77-149 for a one shot win over Yarmouth’s Jen Keim.
For the past decade, the Challenge Cup has been the official road into the Ouimet Memorial for junior players throughout New England. The Fund has enjoyed a wonderful and decade-plus-long relationship with Tour Director Dave Adamonis,Jr., a well-known figure on the national junior golf landscape. In addition, Stow Acres CC and its owner Walt Lankau, a past Ouimet President and current Director, has hosted The Fund’s Golf Marathon, entering its 23rd year as the nation’s largest and longest running endeavor of its kind.