Fore Father

A museum about the pioneer of American golf

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he father of American golf, Francis Ouimet was a 20-year-old caddy at the Brookline Country Club who won the 1913 U.S. Open, ending British dominance of golf and opening the game to the American middle class. The Massachusetts Golf House and Museum has his jacket, medals, clubs, and other items.

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In 1916, Francis Ouimet was stripped of his amateur status by the U.S. Golf Association, which claimed he was using his celebrity to promote his business selling sporting goods and therefore was making a living from golf. His status was reinstated thanks to public pressure after he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1918.

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