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Francis Ouimet centennial celebration planned

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Francis Ouimet is considered the first American golf hero as a result of his stunning victory in the 1913 US Open at The Country Club in Brookline.

To increase awareness of Ouimet’s contributions to the sport, a Centennial Gala will be held May 15 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, kicking off a series of events as part of “Ouimet 100.’’ The event will feature Arnold Palmer, Peter Jacobsen, author Mark Frost, and movie director Bill Paxton as well as master of ceremonies Rich Lerner.

Paxton’s movie based on the book by Frost, “The Greatest Game Ever Played,’’ chronicled Ouimet’s great upset over Britain’s Harry Vardon and Ted Ray. The accomplishment is widely referred to as the birth of golf in the US.

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