The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund’s Alumni Committee awarded its 2014 Denny Goodrich Ouimet Honorary Alumnus Award to Peter Maich, a long-time Ouimet Director who has supported the organization in many ways. It was presented at the Ouimet Fund’s 66th Annual Meeting on October 20. Mr. Maich’s son, Will, accepted on his behalf.
Mr. Maich has been one of our longest continuously serving Ouimet Board Members since 1995. He has also been Chair of the Ouimet Annual Banquet since Arnold Palmer was the honoree in 1997, was Ouimet Development Chair for several years helping the original campaign, and has also served on the Ouimet Society, and other committees. As Banquet Chair, he developed many sponsorships including that of his former company, The TJX Companies. He has created an endowed scholarship in his late father’s name and assisted The Fund in various other ways. He was the 2005 recipient of The Fund’s Richard F. Connolly, Jr. Distinguished Service Award. He is a member of Wollaston and Cohasset Golf Clubs.
“Peter has been a tremendous Ouimet supporter and dedicated champion over the years. He and Denny Goodrich worked on so many Ouimet Fund programs, and they both symbolize the best a volunteer can be. Peter’s presence and input at board meetings throughout the years has been second to none and his leadership has been an asset across all areas of our organization. We are greatly honored to recognize him,” said Terry Kennedy, Ouimet Fund President. The Award was presented at the Ouimet Annual Meeting at Wollaston Golf Club.
About the Award
The “Honorary Alumnus” designation seeks to acknowledge that there are many people who have been important to the Ouimet Fund and/or the game that either did not need assistance or did not apply for assistance when they went to college. Each year, the Alumni Committee conducts a nominating process with the Ouimet Directors, Trustees and Alumni Committee including requesting basic information and a paragraph or so on the merits of the individual being nominated. The “service to golf” or great involvement with the game could be as a volunteer, as their career, or possibly as a competitor. The candidate must have been generous in their support of the Ouimet Fund, either by contributing financially or by volunteer or exceptional professional service.
The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund renamed its “Honorary Alumnus Award” after Denny Goodrich when he retired from the Ouimet Fund’s Board of Directors in 2009 after 37 years of service. Mr. Goodrich, of Dedham Country and Polo Club, was the inaugural recipient of the award in 2003 and also the Ouimet Fund’s Richard F. Connolly, Jr. Distinguished Service Award’s awardee in its debut year of 2000.For 13 years, he served as the Vice Chair of the Ouimet Fund’s Annual Banquets. He was Ouimet President from 1990-1992.“Denny is the epitome of a Ouimet Alum, and this is a very small way to always remember all he has done for The Fund. His contributions have been immense,” said then Ouimet Fund President Richard J. Barrett when the award was re-named in his honor in 2009.