Francis Ouimet – A Golfing Legend!

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Francis Ouimet and Eddie Lowery, his 10-year-old caddie, during the 1913 U.S. Open, when Ouimet defeated the Englishmen Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a historic playoff and became the first amateur to win the Open. (USGA Museum)

I recently read the golf news and came across an article stating the top 5 golfers of all time.  The Bleacher Report stated that these golfers have / are standing the test of time to make their list.  In case you are wondering Tiger is number 2 and Jack is number 1.  It is worth a read.

Additionally, this report gave a couple honorable mentions.  One in particular stood out. Francis Ouimet is a name I had heard before, but never really paid much attention too.  So, after a bit of research, I found him to be a trend setter!  He was the first real american golf star.  Ouimet was a 20-year-old amateur and local hero who tied Harry Vardon and Ted Ray after 72 holes at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, in the 1913 US Open.  This famous match was featured in the movie “The Greatest Game Ever Played“.   Ouimet went on to win this contest and later was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Francis Ouimet’s story is great for golf.  It demonstrates that anyone can succeed if they have the desire.  The game of golf can be played in your back yard like Francis Ouimet, in a field, or on a beach.  The game provides opportunities to meet people, see fantastic sites or be introspective at 6 am on a quiet peaceful course.  Golf is a great game and I am fortunate to be able to play.

I am a grateful golfer.  See you on the links!

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