Richard Asirifi of Worcester Country Club and the University of Massachusetts Lowell served as the “Student Speaker” for the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund’s 65th Annual Banquet on April 13, 2015 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. He shared the podium with native New Englander Brad Faxon who received the Francis Ouimet Award for Lifelong Contributions to Golf.
Richard will receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering in May at UMass Lowell. He has caddied for 11 years in the esteemed caddie program at Worcester CC, following his older brother Jason, who is also a former Ouimet Scholar. A native of Ghana, Asirifi immigrated to America with his parents and two brothers at the age of eight, quickly adapting to a new culture, lifestyle and climate. The family eventually settled within the Ghanian enclave in Worcester, a stone’s throw from WCC, in search of stronger education and a better future.
Asirifi is well-known to Ouimet Fund staff having taken part in the NFL Alumni Golf Classic, as well as caddied in the Deutsche Bank Championship Pro-Am. At school, he is active in the gospel chorus and regularly tutors students within his academic discipline. He also has a strong entrepreneurial spirit, having launched his own urban clothing line. He has received four endowed scholarships during his time as a Scholar: the Heritage Scholarship and Eddie Lowery Award (given annually to the top caddie throughout all clubs) in 2013 – 14 and, this academic year, earned the Fred and Marion MacQuarrie and Heritage Scholarships.
His talk took the audience on a journey from Ghana to America with twists and turns, trials and tribulations along the way. Well done, Richard!