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It all started at Woodland GC for Francis Ouimet

As an amateur, golfer Francis B. Ouimet scored a stunning victory at the US Open in Brookline.
As an amateur, golfer Francis B. Ouimet scored a stunning victory at the US Open in Brookline.Associated Press

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The 100th anniversary of amateur Francis Ouimet’s stunning playoff victory at the 1913 US Open over British professionals Harry Vardon and Ted Ray at The Country Club had its roots at Woodland Golf Club in Newton.

Ouimet, a Brookline native, joined Woodland in 1910 as a 17-year-old junior member because he needed a club affiliation to attempt to qualify for the US Amateur.

Ouimet, who borrowed $25 from his mother to join Woodland, remained a member there until his death in 1967.

The following year, the inaugural Ouimet Memorial Tournament was established at Woodland.

The three-day Mass. Open returns to the club on Tuesday. Woodland will also host the final day of the Ouimet Memorial July 26.

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