Francis Ouimet

Francis Ouimet

Have you enjoyed viewing the Disney movie The Greatest Game Ever Played highlighting the unprecedented win in the 1913 U.S. Open by a young amateur golfer named Francis Ouimet? Now for a moment go back in your memory and picture young Francis working at Wright & Ditson Sporting Goods in Boston, MA. Do you remember a Scottish man in the scene? Well, the old Scot was really not that old, he was my grandfather, and he was about 40 years of age. You see he knew young Francis had an interest in golf, but was rather poor and did not have the funds to purchase equipment. Alex gave Francis an opportunity. He said to Francis, "If you would bring me 50 golf balls I'll set you up with clubs and teach you how to use them". Francis found the balls at Brookline and Alex along with his friend from Montrose, Scotland, Charles Burgess, taught Francis how to play the game. Francis also worked under Alex at W/D as well. The end results are quite fascinating. Francis beat two of Alex's old playing buddies, Harry Vardon and Ted Ray. Now, as they say, "That's the rest of the story".