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Ouimet Memorial: Whelan takes lead
Jack Whelan
Jack Whelan
DEDHAM, Mass. (July 30, 2014) -- Past champion Jack Whelan of St. Lawrence University posted a 4-under 65 Wednesday at Dedham Country & Polo Club to take the early lead at the 47th playing of the Francis Ouimet Memorial Tournament.

The prestigious 54-hole event, which hosts New England's top players each year and goes to fund the Ouimet Scholarship Fund, will move to Wellesley Country Club Thursday before wrapping up Friday at the Donald Ross-designed Woodland Country Club in Newton.

Whelan had four birdies and no bogeys in his round with just 27 putts which included several key par saves. The 65 tied his competitive low score.

I’m feeling good about my game now,” he said in a press release.

Whelan, who won the event in 2012, is three shots up on Patrick Frodigh, Mike Dunham and Jeff Lang.

-Information from Ouimet.org was used in this report

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ABOUT THE Francis Ouimet Memorial

This 54-hole stroke play tournament honors Francis Ouimet, considered America's First Golf Hero and one of the most important figures in the history of golf. His victory in the 1913 U.S. Open in a stunning playoff upset of Harry Vardon and Ted Ray is viewed as the turning point in American Golf. The event, first played in 1968, one year after Ouimet's death, is held at three top Boston-area courses, with the final round always taking place at the 6,721 yard Woodland Golf Club (Mr. Ouimet's home course). The most notable winner to date is Brad Faxon, who captured the 1980 event. There are three divisions: Men, Women, and Senior.

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