Francis Ouimet - 1913 U.S. Open Triumph

Francis Ouimet - 1913 U.S. Open Triumph
Francis Ouimet - 1913 U.S. Open Triumph
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Francis Ouimet's stunning victory over English stalwarts Harry Vardon and Ted Ray at the 1913 U.S. Open is considered a turning point of American golf history. While John McDermott had become the first American-born champion (1911 and 1912), it was Ouimet, a 20-year-old amateur, who captured the hearts of the public. Ouimet grew up across the street from The Country Club, where he caddied during his youth. After qualifying for the 1913 Open, he employed the services of 10-year-old Eddie Lowery and the two formed a special bond that remained intact long after the competition. Ouimet went on to become one of the great ambassadors for the sport, winning two U.S. Amateurs and competing on six USA Walker Cup squads.