April 4, 2023 | Blog, News Article
Ernie Els recipient of the 2023 Francis Ouimet Award for Lifetime Contributions to Golf
On April 3rd, 2023, Ernie Els received the 2023 Francis Ouimet Award for Lifetime Contributions to Golf at Encore Boston Harbor. The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund awards millions of dollars in need-based college scholarships each year to deserving young men and women who have worked at Massachusetts golf courses.
“We are thrilled to have Ernie Els as the 2023 Banquet Honoree,” said Ouimet Fund Executive Director Colin McGuire. “Not only is Ernie Els one of the most prolific winners of his generation, he and his wife Liezl have transcended the sport with groundbreaking charitable endeavors and fundraising by founding in 2009 “The Els for Autism Foundation.”
Francis Ouimet is one of the most honored players in history. He shook up the golfing world by winning the 1913 US Open, one of the greatest upsets in the history of the sport. He won the U.S. Amateur in 1914 and 1931. He also played on the first eight Walker Cup Teams and was Captain of the next four. Revered as a golfing goodwill ambassador, he became the first American elected Captain of the R&A in 1951. He has been named to every golf Hall of Fame, and has a room named after him in the USGA Museum. The U.S. Senior Open Trophy is also named after him, as are several others around the country. The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund began a Francis Ouimet Award for Lifelong Contributions to Golf.
Congratulations Ernie Els!