Francis Ouimet Collection
No single person has had a greater impact on the game of golf in America than Francis Ouimet. Though gaining in popularity, golf was still a fringe sport until a 20 year old Francis Ouimet shocked the world by winning the 1913 US Open. It was front page news throughout the country. Ten years after Ouimet’s surprise victory, the number of golfers in the United States had tripled, and hundreds of new golf courses had been built.
All it took was a largely unknown caddie from Brookline, Massachusetts defeating the greatest golfers in the world.
Ouimet’s collection of golf medals, trophies, and memorabilia was acquired by the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund after Ouimet’s death in 1967. Many of these relics were displayed in the Francis Ouimet Museum that was in Weston, MA from 1984-2002, but have been sitting in storage ever since. Collectors often point to the dearth of quality Ouimet memorabilia in the collecting market.
Well, with this auction, that’s about to change...
Now, approximately 50 years after it first took possession, the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund has chosen to auction its entire collection of Francis Ouimet medals and trophies. Money raised by this sale will go towards the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund’s primary objective - providing scholarships so that deserving young men and women who have worked at golf courses can obtain a college education.
Francis Ouimet's 1914 US Amateur Gold Medal
Proving that he was no flash in the pan, Francis Ouimet backed up his victory at the 1913 US Open by winning the tournament that was arguably always more important to him - the 1914 US Amateur. The 1914 US Amateur was held at Ekwanok Country Club in Vermont.
Two official USGA gold medals exist from Ouimet's 1914 US Amateur victory. One, the initial one produced, was loaned by the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund to the USGA in 1984, and is on display at the USGA Museum. In exchange, the USGA produced this official replacement gold medal for the 1914 US Amateur. This 1914 US Amateur gold medal was then on display at the Francis Ouimet Museum in Weston, MA from 1984 to 2002. 1 3/4", approximately 10k gold.
Letter of Provenance from The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund