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Topics in Chronicling America - Francis Ouimet Wins the 1913 US Open

Two of golf’s greatest players lose at the hands of an unknown. At just 19 years old, Francis Ouimet is transformed from local working class caddy to national hero in a few short days in September. An underdog story and a thrilling comeback. Read more about it!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/). Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.


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Important Dates:

  • December 1912 Harry Vardon announces his intention to compete in the US in 1913.
  • September 16, 1913 On the first day of US Open qualifying, Ouimet shoots the low round of the day with a 74, but finishes the day one stroke behind Harry Vardon.
  • September 17, 1913 Ted Ray shoots a pair of 74’s on the second day of qualifying to lead the pack by three.
  • September 18, 1913 After the first day Britons, Harry Vardon and Wilfred Reid, lead the field. Fellow Brit, Ted Ray, trails by two strokes and Ouimet trails Vardon and Reid by four.
  • September 19, 1913 Ouimet gains ground on Vardon and Ray and is able to force a three-way tie.
  • September 20, 1913 In the playoff round, Vardon, Ray, and Ouimet played even on the front nine. Then, Ouimet pulled away on the back nine to beat Vardon by five strokes and Ray by six.
  • September 22, 1913 Ouimet publishes his own account of his US Open victory.

Suggested Search Strategies:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] US Open, Francis Ouimet, Country Club, Brookline, Harry Vardon, Ted Ray, amateur, John J. McDermott.
  • It is important to use a specific date range if looking for articles for a particular event in order to narrow your results.

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