This past September was a special occasion for us as we saw the 100th anniversary of Francis Ouimet’s legendary and dramatic U.S. Open victory over Harry Vardon and Ted Ray at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. Now recognized as the “father of amateur golf” and the catalyst that inspired the game’s popularity in America, Ouimet’s story has been told frequently in print and most recently in the film The Greatest Game Ever Played.
It’s not a well-known fact, but Ouimet holds a very special place in the hearts of everyone on our team as well as the legacy of our company as a whole. Ouimet completed his campaign against Vardon and Ray using clubs developed by Tom Stewart–clubs we still make from the original designs today.
While we can’t identify the location of all of Ouimet’s personal set, we were pleased to see four of the clubs he used in the 1913 Open were donated to the USGA Hall of Fame in 2007.