EDMOND — While even the most pedestrian of sports enthusiasts can quickly connect Lord Stanley with the National Hockey League and Lombardi with the National Football League, few, if any, can even identify Ouimet or his contributions to American golf, says the Edmond Sun.
Frances Ouimet was the former caddy and amateur golfer who at the age of 20 ignited America’s passion for golf with an unexpected victory in the 1913 U.S. Open. His subsequent accomplishments earned him the title of “the father of amateur golf.”
Ouimet was also the subject of the 2005 feature film “The Greatest Game Ever Played.” Perhaps the most appropriate tribute to Ouimet was in 1980 when the United States Golf Association dedicated its U.S. Senior Open Championship trophy as the Francis D. Ouimet Memorial Trophy.
The trophy, on display at the Tinker Air Force Base Star Spangled Salute Air Show and Open House Saturday, is the authentic award. Once it is bestowed to the 2014 U.S. Senior Open champion July 13, the USGA will reclaim the cup until next year.
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