Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Francis Ouimet was a native of Brookline and lifelong citizen of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and

Whereas Ouimet’s victory as a 20-year old amateur golfer in the 1913 United States Open Golf Championship is widely considered the “Most Important Moment” in American golf history; and

Whereas Oiumet is one of the original four players in the World Golf Hall of Fame, and one of only four golfers to have a United States Postage Stamp commissioned in their honor; and

Whereas Golf has grown greatly in the Commonwealth and throughout the United States, with over 360 courses in Massachusetts, and a total annual economic impact of $2.8 billion; and

Whereas The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund, established in 1914, has awarded over $25 million in need based assistance to over 5,000 students working at Massachusetts golf courses; and

Whereas It has been 100 years since Francis Ouimet’s infamous victory,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim May 15, 2013, to be,

Francis Ouimet Day

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-first day of March, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

By His Excellency                  

Deval L. Patrick                      
Governor of the Commonwealth           

William Francis Galvin             
Secretary of the Commonwealth  

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts