The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund notes, with great sadness, the passing of Lois Gaquin of West Yarmouth, MA on September 13, 2014. Great friends of The Fund, Lois and her husband, Jim, began the Cape Cod Open in 1991 and it remains one of the premiere golf tournaments in New England today. Proceeds of the Cape Cod Open are directed to the Guy Tedesco Scholarship within the Ouimet Fund.
The Gaguins have been known throughout the golf world and were very close to Arnold Palmer and Gary Player who would warmly greet them at Ouimet Banquets.
“Lois and Jim have been two of the most beloved people in golf in New England and great friends of the Ouimet Fund. This is indeed a very sad moment for all of us. Her warmth and kindness will always be remembered and she’ll be greatly missed,” said Ouimet Fund Executive Director Bob Donovan. “We were thrilled to honor Lois and Jim with the 2008 Denny Goodrich Honorary Alumnus Award for their dedication to the organization and its mission of helping kids go to college.”
The below excerpt comes from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of New England (GCSANE) newsletter tribute on August 3:
Bob, or “The Saint” as he was affectionately called, grew up in Worcester, MA. The son of Oscar and Loretta, he was the second youngest of six brothers and sisters. His family owned a tire business on Park Ave. and it is there that Bob began his rambunctious ways. After graduating from Worcester Trade and off to Gloucester for a summer break tragedy struck. In his euphoria of seeing the cool waters he dove off a bridge not realizing it was low tide. He broke his neck and prospects for The Saint were looking grim. Through sheer determination and many months of healing he recovered. His prognosis was, no sports of any sort or physical activity. He was told to find a desk job. In Bob’s inimitable way he did the opposite.
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The below excerpt comes from Mrs. Gaquin’s obituary:
While working in public relations for Wilson Sporting Goods, she met her husband, who was press secretary of the PGA of America Tour, at the 1959 Chicago Gleneagles Open. They were married December 5, 1959, launching what became an effective and durable golf management team. She assisted her husband when he worked for the PGA and U.S. Golf Association and supervised the operation of every U.S. Open press facility from 1969-1978. The Gaquins then free-lanced, conducting the 1981 PGA Championship for the Atlanta CC and the 1984 USGA Women’s Open for the Salem CC. They also consulted on several other events.
In the spring of 1985, they took over management of the venerable Cape Cod Pro-Am League, leading to its most successful years until their retirement in 1998. The league annually awards the Jim and Lois Gaquin Cup to its best amateur player.
A visionary with diligence and a talent for organization, Lois conceived the idea for the Cape Cod Open after funding for the Sally Quinlan/Brookside Hospital Pro-Am expired in 1991. The Gaquins conducted 23 CCO’s, the last June 4-5, 2014. They also conducted 15 Cape Cod Senior Opens. Her engaging personality and attention to detail enabled her to maintain a close relationship with the tournament players.
In lieu of flowers gifts in Mrs. Gaquin’s memory may be made to the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund.
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