MARBLEHEAD, Mass. -- ProQuip USA's CEO, Peter Dalton, began caddying at Myopia Hunt Club near his home in north Boston at the age of 12. By the time college rolled around he was encouraged by club members to write an essay applying to the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund. He and his essay earned the scholarship, and a degree from Boston College. And now, Dalton and ProQuip are paying it forward.
This summer, ProQuip, the world's acknowledged leader in performance golf weatherwear, is donating the profits of all wind and rain garments sold on the Ouimet 100 Collection website (www.ouimet.org) to the organization's caddy scholarship fund in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Francis Ouimet's landmark United States Open victory at The Country Club in nearby Brookline, Mass.
The ProQuip garments dedicated to the scholarship fund bear the Ouimet 100 logo, which features the silhouettes of Ouimet and his 10-year old caddie, Eddie Lowery, against an emerald green background. Products for sale include men's and ladies' rain jackets, a wind vest and a lined, water repellent lambswool sweater.
The relationship between ProQuip and the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund actually goes back three years, when the fund was formally written into the ProQuip USA business plan as its cause charity to be endowed for years ahead.
The relationship between Dalton, the Ouimet scholar, and the fund goes back decades. He has actively supported the organization since college days and most recently was the chairman of the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund from 2007-2011at his home club, Tedesco Country Club in Marblehead, MA.
Says Dalton, "The Ouimet Fund has been such a tremendous positive in helping educate wonderful kids who had great experiences caddying. Everyone associated with Ouimet scholarships is totally committed. It is the most impressive organization that I have ever seen when it comes to "paying it forward" and having a lasting positive effect on youth."
Established in 1981, ProQuip pioneered the modern day rainsuit and today is the world's leading innovator of waterproof, quiet, breathable, stretch performance and ultra-lightweight rain suits and wind apparel for men, women and juniors.
The company's superior products have made ProQuip the weatherwear of choice for 20 Ryder Cup team captains since 1983, including Paul McGinley, who will captain the 2014 European Ryder Cup team at Gleneagles Resort in Scotland.
Headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, ProQuip Ltd. touches four continents with its dedicated range of weatherwear. ProQuip USA is the company's North American distributor, based in Marblehead, Mass.
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