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NORTON, Massachusetts – Following a successful inaugural season for Mass Golf, the organization is proud to announce that two local junior golfers have been selected by the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund as recipients of the WGAM/Dolly Sullivan Scholarship – an endowed scholarship that was first established in 1999 to assist female Ouimet scholars who may have competed in women’s golf events in Massachusetts.
This year’s scholarship winners are Jennifer Keim, of South Yarmouth, and Julia Natale, of Danvers.
Keim, who performed her service to golf at Cape Cod National Golf Club, was a regular in Mass Golf competitions during the 2019 season, including advancing to the Round of 32 at the 115th Massachusetts Women’s Amateur Championship at George Wright Golf Course while also making the cut at the Ouimet Memorial Tournament at Woodland Golf Club. A nursing major and co-captain of the Florida Atlantic University’s Women’s Golf team, Keim was also a nominee for the Student-Athlete Player of the Year and was nominated for honors in her nursing program.
Natale, a freshman at Boston College, served as both a forecaddie and a Pro shop assistant during her time working at Middleton Golf Course and competed in the Massachusetts Mother & Daughter Tournament this season at Highfields Golf & Country Club with her mother Kathleen. In addition to her service to golf, Natale is also the founder and leader of emBrace, an organization that provides emotional support to girls with back braces while also serving as a resource for families.
Mass Golf’s Dolly Sullivan Women’s Tournament, which was most recently held over two days in August at Hyannis Golf Course, has long been an important fundraiser for the scholarships. The four-member team, best ball tournament was won this past season by the Thorny Lea Golf Club squad of Shannon Johnson, Megan Buck, Lorraine Feeney and Laura Jean Mann.
Named after the late Dolly Sullivan, an outstanding player and former physical education teacher at Milton Academy, the WGAM/Dolly Sullivan Scholarship was established by the former Women’s Golf Association of Massachusetts. Sullivan was the niece of Francis Ouimet.
Founded in 1949, The Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund is considered The Golf Charity of Massachusetts™. A 501 (c) (3) organization, The Ouimet Fund’s purpose is to help deserving young men and women who have worked at golf courses in Massachusetts obtain a college education by providing need-based undergraduate scholarships which are renewable and can be worth up to $10,000 – $40,000 (or more) for four years. The Ouimet Fund is the largest independent scholarship fund in New England.