THE OUIMET LEGACY: Chicago has the Evans Scholars; Boston has the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund. Since 1949, the fund, founded by the 1913 U.S. Open champion, has provided help for college to more than 3,800 students. Eligible scholars must have good academic records, demonstrate financial need, and give at least three years of service to golf as caddies, clubhouse staff, or course workers.
At the 53rd annual fund banquet in Boston May 30, former president George Bush stepped up to receive an award for his and his familys contributions to the game. (Bushs maternal grandfather was a U.S. Golf Association president and endowed the Walker Cup; his father was also a USGA president.) Bush also helped congratulate the 346 students who will receive scholarships from a pool of nearly a million dollars this year.
Former honorees include Arnold Palmer, Curtis Strange, Ben Crenshaw, Ken Venturi and Ouimets caddie in that famous 1913 Open, the late Eddie Lowery.
WATTS WEB CLOSEOUTS: Golf retailer Edwin Watts Golf has set up a special website just for closeout merchandise. That includes prior year models of equipment and items that perhaps didnt move as expected ' both product categories that some retail customers scan regularly. Discount watchers can check it out at www.edwinwatts.cc.
MACGREGOR GOES TO SCHOOL: Plenty of companies have seen the value of keeping a hand in the college game ' Ping springs to mind ' as a way to identify future pro stars and lifelong better-player customers. Now MacGregor Golf has decided to do the same by sponsoring the Collegiate Players Tour as an equipment provider. The tour has 11 events between June and August for players ages 18 to 24.
FITTING WOOD HEADS LIKE A GLOVE: Remember the leather and vinyl wood covers that protected our fathers clubs? They went the way of disco when fuzzy wood covers became all the rage.
Now theyre back, in a way. Club Glove, known mostly for its durable golf travel bags, is offering new silver-and-black (hey, White Sox fans!) covers made of Buffalo vinyl, a tough synthetic leather. There are sizes to accommodate modern extra-large drivers.
The covers will ship right after the U.S. Open; suggested retail will be about $14 each.