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Arnold Palmer hosts Ouimet scholarship banquet

Arnold Palmer, honorary chairman, kicked off the Ouimet gala with Caitlin Wallerce, the great-granddaughter of Francis Ouimet.
Arnold Palmer, honorary chairman, kicked off the Ouimet gala with Caitlin Wallerce, the great-granddaughter of Francis Ouimet.Credit: jim davis/globe staff

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Video tributes poured in from around the world, a sold-out crowd of more than 2,100 packed the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, and Arnold Palmer presided over dinner as the evening’s honorary chairman.

Somewhere, Francis Ouimet must have been smiling.

The scholarship fund he created in 1949 — inaugural class: 13 scholars — became, in his words, his greatest achievement in golf. So the annual banquet put on by the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund Wednesday night appropriately honored its namesake, in recognition of the 100-year anniversary of Ouimet’s stirring upset win in the 1913 US Open at The Country Club.

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