The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund’s Alumni Committee awarded its 2012 Denny Goodrich Ouimet Honorary Alumnus Award to Phil Psaros, head professional at Brae Burn County Club. Mr. Psaros has been a great friend to the Ouimet Fund, playing in the Ouimet Marathon for 11 years as both an assistant professional and now the head professional at Brae Burn. Over those years Brae Burn has always been among the top fund raising clubs in the Marathon. Mr. Psaros has also been a great supporter of caddies and the Brae Burn caddie program is one of the best in the area.
“Phil has been a wonderful assistant professional and now a head pro and the Brae Burn membership has been delighted to support his efforts on behalf of the Ouimet Fund,” said Dick Reilly, Ouimet Fund President. “Speaking as both a Brae Burn member and Ouimet Fund President, I’m very happy to congratulate Phil on this greatly deserved honor.” The award was presented at the Ouimet Annual Meeting at Brae Burn on October 22.
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 winner of the award in 2003 and also a winner of the Ouimet Fund’s Richard F. Connolly, Jr. Distinguished Service Award 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.
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.