Matt Naumec gets his Ouimet Memorial title
Matt Naumec after Ouimet Memorial victory <br>(Ouimet Memorial Photo)</br>
Matt Naumec after Ouimet Memorial victory
(Ouimet Memorial Photo)

AURBURNDALE, MA (July 29, 2016) -- Matt Naumec made a tremendous downhill 20 footer for birdie on Woodland Golf Club’s treacherous 16th hole to break open a see-saw final round and went on to a three shot victory in the 49th Francis Ouimet Memorial Tournament on Friday. The Boston College sophomore from GreatHorse negotiated the double-breaker as Doug Clapp of Old Sandwich and Jacob Leavitt of Cattail Creek in Maryland both bogeyed for a two shot swing. Naumec finished with a one-over par 73 and a six-under 209 total in the prestigious 54-hole amateur invitational event played at three different courses. The final round is always played at 6,721 yard Woodland Golf Club, Mr.Ouimet’s home course. The first two rounds were played at Hyannisport Club and Oyster Harbors Club.

Naumec had started the day with a three-shot lead, and also had the lead going into the final round of the 2015 Ouimet, but fell to second when Peter French birdied 8 of the last 10 holes. This time Naumec was not to be denied, as he added to a great season that already saw him be a quarterfinalist in the MGA Amateur Championship and finish 17th in last week’s New England Amateur Championship. Clapp, Leavitt, Ryan Tombs of Manchester (NH) CC and Damon Salo of Bretwood (NH) all tied for second at 212.

In the Eddie Lowery Senior Division Joe Walker of Dennis Pines also showed he could make up for past misfortune as he closed with a 75 for a 219 total and a three shot victory over Dave Houghton of The Captains. Like Naumec, Walker led going into the final round in 2015 only to lose to close friend Kevin Carey. Mr. Walker also lost in a playoff in the 2013 Ouimet. The 60-year-old home heating oil company owner described the Friday round as “a grind,” and greatly credited runner-up Dave Houghton.

Julia Ford of Cyprian Keyes survived a three-hole playoff to win the Women’s Division, adding to the title she also took in 2014. She said she “struck it beautifully,” as she hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation but struggled a bit with distance control on the greens. Her 75 was matched by Jackie Gonzalez of Charles River and Abby Hood of Bass Rocks. Ms. Ford will be headed to the University of Virginia in the fall.

Results: Francis Ouimet Memorial
1MAMatt NaumecWilbraham, MA30069-67-73=209
T2NHDamon SaloNew Ipswich, NH20072-70-70=212
T2NHRyan TombsBedford, NH20072-70-70=212
T2MADoug ClappWalpole, MA20068-71-73=212
T2MDJake LeavittWoodstock, MD20069-70-73=212

View full results for Francis Ouimet Memorial

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.

View Complete Tournament Information

Latest in 

Amateurgolf.com, Inc.
6965 El Camino Real 105-631
Carlsbad, CA 92011

Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram