Chris Catena, an assistant pro at Oyster Harbors, and Fundraiser Rick Stimets stretched the Oyster Harbors streak to five straight years as top fundraising club in the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund’s 20th Golf Marathon on Wednesday. Catena, a 29 year old in both his first year at Oyster Harbors and in the Marathon, played 182 holes to help raise $21,750 to lead 33 clubs and organizations.
The Marathon was played, as always, at Stow Acres Country Club’s South Course. The event raised a total of $250,000 and the 2012 Ouimet Marathon, which is believed to be the highest fundraising Marathon in the US this year, brought the total raised since the event’s inception in 1993 to $4.5 Million. There was a total of 4,253 holes played on a pleasant summer day. There have now been 103,716 holes played in 20 Ouimet Marathons. “This was a perfect day for the Marathon. We were able to celebrate 20 years, reach 100,000 holes played in those 20 years, and really make a tremendous contribution to the Ouimet Fund,” said Dick Reilly, Ouimet Fund President.
Connor Burdick of Worcester Country Club played the most holes played with 197. The golf scoring is based on 100 holes of play. Brian Golden, who represented Winchester CC and was playing in his 17th Marathon, was low pro at 15 under. Kris Hart of Bass River/Bayberry Hills, a Ouimet Scholarship alumnus, was low amateur at six under. Colin LeStrange, who represented all his fellow Ouimet Scholarship alumni, came back from New York City for the day and was low net at 19 under. Bill Neville of Milton, a 25 year old who is Director of Outside Operations at Wollaston, won the long drive competition. Jake Leech, an assistant pro at Charles River, played the 100,000th hole in the 20 years. His milestone came at 9:45 AM when he birdied the 15th hole, was his 45th hole of the day. Leech is 33 years old and was playing in his fourth Marathon. In opening ceremonies, the 20 years was celebrated and remembered.
Stow Acres owner, Walt Lankau, who founded the Marathon and played 144 holes in the first event, was recognized along with many former players who came back including Golden, the 44 year old Director of Golf at Sandy Burr. He has played over 4,600 holes in his 17 years.