Jack Whelan wins second title at Ouimet Invitational
Jack Whelan
Jack Whelan

by Bob Donovan

AUBURNDALE, Mass. (August 1, 2014) -- Jack Whelan of Myopia Hunt Club birdied two straight par fives on the back nine for a little cushion and held on for a two shot victory over T.J. McNulty of Hatherly Country Club and his second title in the 47th Francis Ouimet Memorial Tournament at Woodland Golf Club on Friday.

Whelan finished with a one-under 71 and a total of four under 207 in the prestigious 54-hole amateur invitational event played at three different courses. The final round is always played at 6,721 yards at the Woodland Golf Club, Mr. Ouimet’s home course. The first two rounds were played at Dedham Country and Polo Club and the second at Wellesley Country Club. Whelan is a senior at St. Lawrence University. He is only the 5th person to win the event twice. He started the day with a one shot lead over eventual third place finisher Patrick Frodigh of Dedham, who quickly evened it with a birdie at the 1st. “I hung in there, and then made a very good par at the 10th, and it put me in a good mental position and then birdied 11 and 12,” he said.

He went on to explain that he recently had a 65 in the Monroe Invitational in New York and it showed him he could go low.

McNulty is a junior at St. Joseph’s College and fired a two under par 70 to postthe early lead. His round included four birdies and a 34 on the back nine.Kevin Carey of Dennis Pines overcame a pinched nerve in his neck and starting with two bogeys but settled down with consistent good iron shots for a 73 and a two shot victory in the Eddie Lowery Senior Division.

Second round leader Paul Nunez of Ludlow was second. Carey became only the second person to win both the Championship and Lowery Senior Division crowns. He hadn’t been able to play in two weeks with the neck issue, but insisted on playing in this event, which he considers has the best field of the year in this area. “There are players from eight states and Canada here and to win this tournament is awesome, and to get into position to win is also awesome. You learn everytime,” summarized the 59-year-old.

Julia Ford of Cyprian Keyes, a junior at Shrewsbury High School, made par on the first hole of sudden death to take the women’s division over Pam Kuong of Charles River. The two had tied for the lead with 77s in the one day women’s event.

The Francis Ouimet Memorial Tournament benefits the Francis OuimetScholarship Fund.

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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