BOSTON, Mass – The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund has selected Tom Kite as the 2020 Annual Banquet Honoree and will present him with the Francis Ouimet Award for Lifelong Contributions to Golf at its event scheduled April 2, 2020, at the Westin Copley Place in Boston.
Tom Kite is the 23rd recipient and joins many of the game’s great players, such as Jack and Barbara Nicklaus, Gary Player, Annika Sorenstam, Greg Norman, Arnold Palmer, and most recent Honoree Johnny Miller. Kite will headline the event, which remains the largest golf dinner in the country and vital to The Fund’s ability to continue increasing need-based scholarships.
“We are thrilled that Tom Kite, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, has accepted our offer to participate in the 2020 Annual Banquet,” said Bob Donovan, who retired October 21 as Executive Director after 29 years. “Tom Kite will join the list of golf legends who have helped the Fund continue to raise money for need-based scholarships.”
Tom Kite was a consistent force in the game during his career, which included 19 Tour victories and a memorable win at the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He was a regular on the U.S Ryder Cup team, competing on seven occasions and Captaining the team in 1997.
In 2000, Tom Kite became eligible for the PGA TOUR Champions where he won another ten times and added another major, The Countrywide Tradition. Mr. Kite was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2004 and has been recognized by his peers and the golfing community with many other awards, most notably the Bob Jones Award in 1979.
Along with Mr. Kite’s sportsmanship and playing accomplishments, he started what is now a renowned golf course design business which has designed many top courses, including Liberty National.
This annual banquet is warmly supported by the New England golf community as nearly 1,200 attendees are expected. The evening’s Master of Ceremonies will be Golf Channel personality Dave Marr, who will help us get to know Mr. Kite in a fireside chat setting. The evening will also celebrate longtime Ouimet supporter Mac Brawn, who will be honored with the Richard F. Connolly, Jr. Award for Distinguished Service.