In 1913, 19-year-old golf caddy, Francis Ouimet, stuns the golfing world by defeating two of the best golf players. This guide provides access to materials related to "Francis Ouimet" in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.
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Two of golf’s greatest players lose at the hands of an unknown. At just 19 years old, Francis Ouimet is transformed from local working class caddy to national hero in a few short days in September. An underdog story and a thrilling comeback. Read more about it!
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Harry Vardon announces his intention to compete in the US in 1913.
September 16, 1913
On the first day of US Open qualifying, Francis Ouimet shoots the low round of the day with a 74, but finishes the day one stroke behind Harry Vardon.
September 17, 1913
Ted Ray shoots a pair of 74’s on the second day of qualifying to lead the pack by three.
September 18, 1913
After the first day Britons, Harry Vardon and Wilfred Reid, lead the field. Fellow Brit, Ted Ray, trails by two strokes and Ouimet trails Vardon and Reid by four.
September 19, 1913
Ouimet gains ground on Vardon and Ray and is able to force a three-way tie.
September 20, 1913
In the playoff round, Vardon, Ray, and Ouimet played even on the front nine. Then, Ouimet pulled away on the back nine to beat Vardon by five strokes and Ray by six.
September 22, 1913
Ouimet publishes his own account of his US Open victory in the Evening World newspaper.