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NORTON, MA —- Tom Watson, winner of eight major championships, will be the guest speaker and honored with the 14th Francis Ouimet Award for Lifelong Contributions to Golf at the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund’s 60th Annual Banquet. The banquet will be held Monday, April 27, 2009 at the Marriott Boston Copley Place Hotel. Morgan Stanley will again be the presenting sponsor. 

 

“It is great to have Mr. Watson accept our invitation. This gives our dinner an amazing lineup over the past five years – Greg Norman, Peter Jacobsen, Barbara and Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player – and now Tom Watson,” said Ouimet Fund President Rich Barrett. “We are thrilled to honor Mr. Watson with our highest award.”  He went on to explain Mr. Watson is one of the biggest legends in the history of the game of golf.  He is a winner of eight major titles, including five British Open Championships, two Masters, and one U.S. Open. He is also known for epic battles with Jack Nicklaus in the British Open at Turnberry in 1977 and the US Open at Pebble Beach in 1982 – some of the greatest moments in golf history.

 

In recent years, Mr. Watson has continued to excel on the Champions Tour, winning 12 Tournaments, including 5 Senior majors.  In all, he won 63 tournaments including 39 on the PGA Tour, was leading money winner five times, and Player of the Year six times.  He also played on four Ryder Cup teams and captained the victorious 1993 team. Mr. Watson was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1988. Mr. Barrett concluded by explaining that we are especially pleased that Mr. Watson will be honored by The Fund, as this is our 60th anniversary as a “caddie fund” and Mr. Watson is so recognized for his great dedication to his late caddie, Bruce Edwards, who died of ALS in 2004.

 

The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund was founded in 1949 and since then has awarded over $19.2 Million in need based college tuition assistance to young people who served at least two years as caddies or  in pro shop and course superintendent operations in Massachusetts. In the current school year, The Fund awarded 328 scholarships to students who worked at 129 courses. A total of 4,500 students have received Ouimet Scholarships and many have gone on to outstanding positions of leadership in business and professional careers. The Fund is a 501 (c) (3) organization and is considered, “The Golf Charity of Massachusetts.”

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