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Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund celebrates 100th anniversary of U.S. Open win
Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund
Series: Golf Buzz
Published: Friday, May 17, 2013 | 12:07 p.m.
This past Wednesday was declared, "Francis Ouimet Day," by the state of Massachusetts.
On that day The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund celebrated the 100th anniversary of Ouimet's stunning upset victory in the 1913 U.S. Open at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. -- regarded as the most important moment in golf history by many.
Ouimet's victory was so important to golf because it was credited with bringing the game into the American sporting mainstream.
As part of the celebration of Francis Ouimet Day in Massachusetts on Wednesday, golf legend Arnold Palmer attended a function for the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund on Boston Harbor. Palmer watched and gave swing tips as Ouimet Scholars hit balls from the lawn of the Moakley Courthouse to a floating target in Boston Harbor.
Palmer is a supporter of the Ouimet Fund. The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund was established in 1949 and since that time has awarded over $25 million in college tuition scholarships to more than 5,000 students with demonstrated financial need. Ouimet Scholars work as caddies or in pro shop or course superintendent operation in Massachusetts.
The Gala that evening sold out with over 2,100 attendees and was expected to be the largest golf dinner in the U.S. this year and possibly the largest ever held in the U.S.