HAMPDEN, Massachusetts – The goal of competitors at the Ouimet Memorial Tournament each year is to make it to the third and final round at Woodland Golf Club in the Newton neighborhood of Auburndale, and have a chance to win it there. On Wednesday, that journey to Woodland began farther away than ever before as GreatHorse became the first course in Western Massachusetts to host the first two stroke play rounds of the Ouimet Memorial Tournament.
In total, 107 players completed the first 18 holes of the 55th edition of the Ouimet, which is Mass Golf’s lone exemption-only stroke-play event on the schedule and is the only one to feature divisions for men, senior men, and women. The tournament began in 1968, one year after the death of Francis Ouimet, the Brookline native who shocked the world with his victory in the 1913 U.S. Open.
“I think it’s really cool to be the first course to be in Western Mass to host this,” said Guy Antonacci, the owner of GreatHorse. “I was talking to the Ouimet Fund back in 2014 about hosting a round or two of this, and I’ve played in the event five times now, so we definitely wanted to be able to host this one year.”
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