We are eternally grateful for your support and generosity.

Funds raised are used in support of the First Tee of Massachusetts programs as well as to fund endowed scholarships in James’s name at St. Sebastian’s School and within the Francis Ouimet Fund. Both these scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate a commitment to and love for the game of golf, or who exhibit kindness, sensitivity, good cheer and an enduring passion – the qualities James possessed.

The Francis Ouimet Fund

Scholarship Recipients

David Yang
David Yang

2022 Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund Recipient

The winner of the 21/22 James McDonough Scholarship is David Yang.  David graduated Hamilton College in 2022.

David is a very hard-working young man who has excelled in academics at Hamilton, majoring in Economics and earning him a place on the Dean’s List for the Spring of 2021. David serves as Treasurer for the Financial Literacy Club, something he enjoys. Professionally, David was excited to receive the opportunity to work in a professional kitchen over the summer, where he explored his culinary passion. It’s quite clear that he can directly link his Ouimet Scholarship and working at Wollaston Golf Club to endless life lessons about work ethic, dedication, and punctuality. David is adamant that he can look back and see how directly related the lessons learned as a golf course employee is to his pursuit of a college education and degree.

Alec Abramson

2021 Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund Recipient

The 2021 recipient of The Ouimet Fund’s James McDonough Scholarship is Alec Abramson, a sophomore at Northwestern University majoring in Learning and Organizational Change with minors in Business Institutions and Global Health Studies who performed his golf service at The Ridge Club.

As an academically driven student, Alec was named to the Dean’s List all three quarters of his sophomore year. In the 2020/2021 year, Alec proudly was selected to join two business consulting clubs at Northwestern, TAMID Consulting and the Institute for Student Business Education, where he advised strategy and growth opportunities for an Israeli crisis-management startup and a Baltimore biotechnology startup. This year, Alec took part in Northwestern’s CampusCatalyst course, a program that engages students in pro-bono nonprofit consulting projects, where he worked with a nonprofit supporting the Chicago Public School system. He also was accepted to experience Northwestern’s Global Engagement Studies Institute and virtually consulted for a disability art company located in Vietnam.

He also took on leadership roles within fundraising initiatives for Northwestern’s annual Dance Marathon benefitting Compass to Care and Alpha Epsilon Pi’s Dog Days philanthropy supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Alec serves as the president of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, the treasurer of the Ski Club, and a member of the club golf team. Alec’s busy year also included volunteer work for Northwestern Special Olympics, and he looks forward to traveling to his summer internship role at an accessibility technology startup in Tel Aviv, Israel. His many accomplishments have roots in his experience at The Ridge Club and beneficiaries from the Ouimet Scholarship. Alec recognizes the link to his college education and is grateful for the personal growth and strong work ethic that he developed through his time as a caddy.

Connor Proctor

2019-2020 Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund Recipient

This year’s recipient of the James McDonough Scholarship is Connor Proctor, a junior at Boston College majoring in Finance who performed his golf service at The Milton Hoosic Club.

He is a hard-working young man who carries an impressive 3.71 GPA, and thus has earned a number of academic recognitions including being named to the Dean’s List twice. This past semester, Connor picked up a second major in Political Science, and with a degree in both Finance and Political Science, his goal is to go to law school or pursue a career in finance and work in wealth management. This year, Connor participated in the PULSE Service Learning Program, where he took a dual credit class in Philosophy and Theology four times a week, and served for ten hours at a local community partner where he taught swim lessons to under-privileged children. The goal of this program is to open students’ eyes to social and economic issues within the greater Boston community, and ways in which individuals can effect meaningful change. Connor also had the privilege of participating in the Arrupe International Service Immersion Program, where he traveled to Puebla, Mexico, and learned about many aspects of Mexican life such as their socio-political climate and conservation efforts. He also looks forward to being an orientation leader at Boston College this summer and studying abroad next year in Vienna, Austria. It’s quite clear that he can directly link his Ouimet Scholarship and working at Milton Hoosic Club to endless life lessons about work ethic, dedication, and punctuality. Connor is adamant that he can look back and see how directly related the lessons learned as a golf course employee are to his pursuit of a college education and degree.

Cameron R. Davis

2018-2019 Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund Recipient

This year’s Ouimet recipient is Cameron R. Davis, a senior at Clemson University majoring in Animal and Veterinary Science who performed his golf service at Pleasant Valley Country Club. A bright and driven young man, Cameron is a future veterinarian studying at Tufts University while completing his undergraduate degree. Thanks to his Ouimet scholarship, Cameron was able to further his education outside the classroom in an unpaid research position. The knowledge he gained during this unique opportunity earned him early admittance to veterinary school while he wraps up his final year as an undergraduate. Cameron is also a lifelong golf enthusiast. He was co-captain of his high school golf team and won the NEPGA Pro/Junior Invitational with his boss. Cameron volunteered at the Ouimet golf marathon over the summer.

Matt Daley

2017-2018 Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund Recipient

Matthew B. Daley is a freshman at Johnson and Wales University who performed his golf service at Marshfield Country Club. Matt has overcome learning and speech disabilities and health issues to flourish as a person. He loves golf and was a captain and 4 year varsity player on his high school golf team, twice earning a Patriot League All-Star recognition. Matt is currently a member of the JWU golf team. He spends a lot of time volunteering at his high school antique show, at a can collection transfer station, doing course clean-up, and teaching kids how to skate. Matt worked as both a caddie and in the bag room at Marshfield. Working at the club motivated Matt to spend more time playing and improving his golf game.

Michael Plansky
Michael Plansky

2015-2016 Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund Recipient

This year’s recipient is Michael B. Plansky, a freshman at Bentley University majoring in Business who performed his golf service at Kernwood Country Club. Michael is on the golf team at Bentley after being a All-Northeastern Conference first team golfer in high school. Michael was also a DECA international champion and volunteers at a local soup kitchen. Before college, Michael had a job as a personal assistant for his brother who has cerebral palsy. Michael caddied at Kernwood for 6 years and his recommendations all state that he has great character, humility and motivation.

Nick Carter
Nick Carter

2015-2016 Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund Recipient

The 2015-2016 Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund Recipient is Nick Carter, a sophomore at St. Anselm College where he majors in Finance and is an honor roll student. Nick plans to pursue a career in finance or accounting when he graduates in 2018. Nick is a member of the St. Anselm golf team and played four years of both golf and basketball at Oliver Ames High School in Boston. While in high school, he was named a Hockamack All-Star as a junior and a senior.

Nick volunteers for Relay for Life in his spare time and completed his golf service at Thorny Lea Golf Club for one year before completing four years in the pro-shop at Pine Oaks Golf Course. Nick is well-spoken, has a great knowledge of Francis Ouimet, and presents with love and passion for the game of golf.

Conor McDonagh-Poh
Connor McDonagh-Poh

2014-2015 Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund Recipient

The 2014-2015 Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund Recipient is Connor McDonagh-Poh, a senior at Salem State University majoring in Sport Management with a minor in Economics. He maintains a 3.5 cumulative GPA and is a member of the Economics Club and Phi Epsilon Kappa Honor Society.

Connor performed his golf service at Holden Hills Country Club in Jefferson, MA where he worked as a caddie and in outside operations. He originally took his golf talents all the way to University of South Dakota before transferring closer to home. Connor currently competes for the Salem State University Golf Team.

Connor is pictured above with Ouimet past president, and Wollaston Golf Club member, Terry Kennedy.

James Mattes
James E. Mattes

2013-2014 Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund Recipient

The 2013-2014 recipient of the Francis Ouimet Scholarship is James E. Mattes of Duxbury, a freshman at Bucknell University majoring in Mathematics. James performed his service to golf at Sankaty Head Golf Club, where he caddied for three years and Duxbury Yacht Club, where he worked in the cart barn for 1 year. James is a very good student and a member of the National Honor Society. A well-rounded young man, he was also once invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City with his school’s chamber singers’ group.

Apart from his school activities, he is very involved in his community and has participated in his church’s service trips to New Orleans to rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. In addition to all of these initiatives, James is an excellent golfer. His team, the Duxbury High School Ducks won the State Championship and James was awarded the Individual Sportsmanship Award. He also won the Men’s Club Championship at Duxbury Yacht Club.

Patrick O'Leary
Patrick O’Leary

2012-2013 Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund Recipient

The Ouimet Scholarship Fund’s recipient of the inaugural James McDonough Scholarship is Patrick O’Leary of Milton.Patrick is a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Economics and plays on the varsity golf team. Patrick did his service to golf at Harmon Golf Club where he worked in the pro shop for one year and Wollaston Golf Club where he worked as a caddie for four years. Patrick had a great high school and junior golf record and was a very fine player at Wollaston.

St. Sebastian’s School Award Recipients

James P.B. McDonough Award Recipient

Patrick Sliz
Patrick Sliz

The 2022 James P.B McDonough Award recipient is Patrick R. Sliz ’23.

With his interest in science and computing, Patrick has excelled academically and pursues rigorous coursework.  He is a member of the National Honor Society and the National Spanish Honor Society.  Notably in 2019, Patrick completed the National Youth Leadership Forum on STEM. He also participates in several St. Sebastian extracurricular activities:  Debate Team, Math Madness, Finance Academy, Spanish Conversation Club and Peer Mentor Club; and is the founding member of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Club.  In 2022, the AI Club hosted several prominent speakers on AI topics ranging from healthcare, medicine and finance.  As a top-performing 11th grade student, he was also awarded by the alumni of Harvard University the Harvard Prize Book Award.

Patrick’s advisor commented that he is an easy-going, self-assured, positive, and put-together student.  Outside of class, Patrick is also an accomplished athlete and an active community member.  He is co-captain of the varsity ski team and plays soccer, lacrosse and golf.  In middle school, he was ranked as the 98th swimmer in New England for his age group (ranked 8th in breaststroke) with the USA Swimming Bluefish Swim Club.  In 2021 he demonstrated his athletic endurance by winning the St. Sebastian One Mile Running Race.  Patrick is an American Red Cross certified lifeguard, and a certified PADI Open Water Diver.  He volunteers as a youth soccer assistant coach and as a day camp counselor.  Volunteering at the 2021 Catholic Heart Workcamp, he helped families with Multiple sclerosis. 

This summer (2022) Patrick will apply his science and computing expertise to cryo-electron tomography (Cryo-ET) – a novel method that is used to obtain nanometer-scale information about macromolecular complexes in their native cellular environment.  Working with scientists who study neurotransmitters at Stanford University, Patrick will enhance Cryo-ET data processing software.  He prepared for the internship by learning Python, R and HTML, and completing the Data Scientist’s Toolbox Coursera course from Johns Hopkins University.

Jack Flynn
John Jack T. Flynn

2021 James P.B. McDonough Award Recipient

The 2021 recipient of the James P.B McDonough Award is John “Jack” T. Flynn ’22.

A member of the National Honor Society, Jack has received many awards during his time at St. Sebastian’s for his excellence in scholarship.  At the Undergraduate Awards Ceremony this year, Jack’s versatility was on full display.  He received the Harvard Book Prize given for excellence in scholarship and high character, the Hennessey Award for Artistic Achievement in Drama, and the Gandolfo Language Award for his pursuit of academic excellence in his study of Latin.  Additionally, he received recognition for his Summa Cum Laude Gold Medal performance on this year’s National Latin Exam.

Jack loves learning, strives to achieve at the highest levels and his teachers have the very highest degree of respect and admiration for him.  In addition to all of Jack’s impressive academic attributes, he is a member of the JV Hockey and Golf teams.

Jack’s teachers have incredibly positive things to say regarding his effort, energy, diligence and pursuit of academic excellence in meeting the significant demands of the courses he has chosen to take.  They write about his high level of consistency, his outstanding participation, preparation and performance, his impressive writing, his willingness to try the more challenging tests, his excellent preparation for exams, his impressive depth of thought and his ability to articulate his thoughts in writing.

Jack has shown leadership in all of the School’s publications.  This year Jack served as Managing Editor of the St. Sebastian’s Journal, Editor of the Quiver and Feature Editor of the Walrus.  In addition, Jack is a founding member and one of the lead writers of the newly formed “Weekly Show”, a weekly video that takes a humorous look at student and faculty life at St. Sebastian’s.  His keen sense of humor and spectacular writing skills are matched by his on-camera presence as a lead presenter, highlighting his all-around wit.

His participation and leadership on the Debate Team has been very impressive.  In addition to his own stellar performance, Jack helps run practices and coaches novice debaters, another example of him sharing his talents with the broader St. Sebastian’s community.

Outside of St. Sebastian’s, Jack participates in many community service endeavors including making sandwiches for the homeless; tutoring at St. Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy; participating in field days with San Miguel students; loading coats, mittens, and food for the holiday drives; the father/son chop-a-thon at the Pine Street Inn; and Jack’s favorite, the Golf for All Program.

Jack is an avid golfer playing competitively for both the Winchester Country Club and St. Sebastian’s golf teams – and is a long-time year-round Senior Caddy at Winchester Country Club.  In addition to caddying this summer, Jack was accepted to and is attending (on-line) the Columbia University Summer Immersion Program for Creative Journalism. Some of Jack’s achievements outside of school include:  1st Place – 2019 Boston Globe/ Will McDonough Writing Contest; Honorable Mention – 2020 Boston Globe/Will McDonough Writing Contest; 2nd Place – 2015 MWRA (Massachusetts Water Resources Authority) STEM writing contest; and Jack’s short story “Means To An End” was published in Mission Catastrophe – an anthology showcasing young writers from Massachusetts.

Jack is a true leader on the St. Sebastian’s campus.  His intellect raises the bar of every class he is a part of, his humor is a welcome addition to any setting, and his selfless compassion strengthens our brotherhood.  In short, Jack Flynn lives up to the ideals of the James P.B. McDonough Award, exhibiting kindness, sensitivity, good cheer, and an enduring passion.

Jack Mahoney

2020 James P.B. McDonough Award Recipient

The 2020 recipient of the James P.B McDonough Award is John “Jack” E. Mahoney ’21.

A member of the National Honor Society, Jack Mahoney is an excellent student with a keen intellect, a passion for learning and a genuine desire to do well in every endeavor he undertakes. Jack has been on the honor roll and the effort honor roll every year since he came to St. Sebastian’s School.

Andrew Beaule; Jack’s Faculty Advisor states “Jack is one of the most mature and driven students I have ever encountered at St. Sebastian’s – a young man that carries himself beyond his years. He is an upstanding young man that has the respect of every teacher and coach that has ever had him. He is genuinely kind and thoughtful to others, and he cares deeply about learning”.

In addition to his studies, Jack has served breakfast to the homeless at the Paulist Center’s Community Breakfast, participated in the Harvard Model Congress and is a member of the Finance Committee.

A three-sport athlete since 7th grade, Jack was a captain of the Varsity Soccer Team this fall, and a member of the Varsity Wrestling Team and Varsity Baseball Team. While COVID-19 caused the cancellation of the baseball season, Jack handled the disappointment with grace and perspective and will be ready to compete when the season resumes.

Outside of St. Sebastian’s, Jack enjoys golfing, fishing and works at an ice cream parlor over the summer. All of Jack’s teachers and coaches remark that Jack possesses a positive attitude, tremendous character, a smile that can lift the spirits of an entire class and a desire to do his best at whatever he is doing, whether in the classroom, on the athletic field or providing service to others. Jack is a leader and a model for other students at St. Sebastian’s School.

Nate Kelly
Nate Kelly

2019 James P.B. McDonough Award Recipient

The 2019 recipient of the James P.B. McDonough Award is Nathaniel T. Kelly ’20.

Nate is an honor student who participates wholeheartedly in life at St. Sebastian’s. Nate is a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society and the International Club. He plays basketball and golf at St. Sebastian’s but has also played baseball, tennis and football in past years. Nate has tutored students at Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy, served meals to the homeless at the Paulist Center in Boston, delivered backpacks and school supplies to the San Miguel School in Providence, and has participated in the Golf for All Program, which provides free, accessible golf for veterans, people with autism and other challenges. He has also participated in the Memory Project for Orphans in Ethiopia. Outside of St. Sebastian’s Nate has taken improv comedy classes at ImprovBoston. His chapel speech this year included several celebrity and teacher impressions and was enjoyed by his fellow classmates. He was the winner of the Chapel Speech Award in 2015 and 2016.

His advisor and coach, Jim Rest describes Nate as a relentless worker in all things school or basketball. A rabid Purdue basketball fan, Nate is an authority on their recent rankings and how Purdue will match up to their competition. He is a model student who throws himself completely into St. Sebastian’s, whether writing articles for the School newspaper, the Walrus or playing JV basketball. Nate sets high standards for himself, never makes excuses and works to achieve his goals. Well respected by the faculty and his peers, Nate was recently elected to the Student Council as Vice President of the Class of 2020. Nate is honored to be the recipient of the James P.B. McDonough Award.

Jack-Patrick J.P Milbury

2018 James P.B. McDonough Award Recipient

The 2018 recipient of the James P.B. McDonough Award is J.P. Milbury ’19. He is an excellent student whose teachers have wonderfully positive things to say about him. He puts tremendous effort, energy and pursuit of excellence into their courses and thoroughly prepares for all assignments he is presented with. His teachers have a very high degree of respect and admiration for him.

J.P. has been the President of his class all six years at St. Sebastian’s. In 2018, J.P. received the Chapel Speech Award and the St. Michael’s College Book Award for academic achievement, leadership and character. He is a member of the Debate Team, Harvard Model Congress, Moot Court and is the Editor in Chief of the school newspaper, the Walrus. J.P. is a member of the Varsity Hockey Team and is an athlete that truly embraces the independent school ideal of the scholar-athlete who pursues excellence in every area of School life.

He has worked at The Country Club in Brookline and was also a volunteer tour guide at the State House in the summer of 2017. His advisor states that he is truly an exceptional young man.

William McNamara
Billy McNamara

2017 James P.B. McDonough Award Recipient

Billy is a consistent honor roll student and a member of the National Honor Society.  He is a very hardworking student and strives to be the best that he can be.  He is one of the more dedicated students and he always wants to do well.

In 2015 Billy participated in a Vocal ID Speech Donor program, enabling the creation of personal vocal identities to support millions worldwide.  As a freshman, Billy was a member of the football team and lacrosse team.  He has also participated in SAAD.

Billy started golfing seriously in 2014.  In 2015 he was invited to join the Junior Select Program (JSP) at Nashawtuc C.C. in Concord for ages 12-17 (member at Nashawtuc 2015, 2016, 2017).  In the fall of 2016, Billy played in the Junior Club Championship at Winchester C.C. and was also invited to play in the Junior Ryder Cup Event.  Currently, Billy plays on (3) Junior Golf Tours:  Future Collegians World Tour (FCWT), Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) which is associated with the AJGA, and The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) which utilizes a Performance Based Entry process.  This enables (12) 18 year old members to earn their way into AJGA Open Tournaments based on performances at the national, regional and state levels.  He was also a member of the St. Sebastian’s Golf team (JV 2016, Varsity 2017) and played in ISL Championship 2017 at Newport National Golf Club, the team won the Kingman Trophy defeating 12 other ISL teams, winning the ISL for an undefeated season.

William Evans
William P. Evans

2016 James P.B. McDonough Award Recipient

The 2016 recipient of the James P.B. McDonough Award is William P. Evans ‘17 of St. Sebastian’s School. Will’s advisor, Michael Lawler, shares that Will has grown tremendously in his six years at the School. A kind, humble, hardworking member of the St. Sebastian’s community, Will has become a leader of his class, serving on the student council, captaining the wrestling team, and singing in the choir. Will is a member of the National Honor Society, the Debate Team, the Finance Academy, the Latin Club and the History Club.

Will has also been an active, talented, and enthusiastic member of the Drama Club. He will attend Harvard in the fall of 2017.

Michael Calabro
Michael D. Calabro

2015 James P.B. McDonough Award Recipient

The 2015 recipient of the James P.B. McDonough Award is Michael D. Calabro of St. Sebastian’s School. Michael is an outstanding student and athlete. His teachers have the highest regard for his commitment to scholarship and the pursuit of academic excellence on a consistent basis in their courses. He has been a remarkably consistent performer in the classroom, finishing each year with an average in the A+ range. Michael is a member of the Latin Honor Society, The National Honor Society, and the Cum Laude Society.

Michael also received the Yale Book Award for “outstanding personal character and intellectual promise.” He has been a member of the Latin Club, SAAD, the School Journal, the School Newspaper, the Debate Team, the Finance Academy and the Math Team. Mike’s academic and extracurricular accomplishments are all the more impressive in light of the kind of athlete he is. A three-sport varsity athlete in the very best independent school tradition, Mike pursues excellence in every area of school life. Michael played football, basketball and baseball throughout his high school career and in his senior year was named Captain of all three sports. Michael received All-League ISL Honorable Mention in football and baseball as well as the Big Hit Award in football. His character and leadership make St. Sebastian’s a better place each and every day, Michael will be attending Harvard in the fall of 2016.

Christian Reenstierna
Christian E. Reenstierna, Jr.

2014 James P.B. McDonough Award Recipient

The 2014 recipient of the James P.B. McDonough Award is Christian E. Reenstierna, Jr. of St. Sebastian’s School. Christian is a consistent honor roll student and is a member of the National Honor Society and Latin Honor Society. He is a member of the finance academy and was the winner of the 2013 Chapel Speaker Award.

Christian is the relief pitcher for the St. Seb’s Varsity baseball team where he is currently the Captain. As a member of the Varsity hockey team, he received ISL Honorable Mention All-League this past winter. Christian also received the Coaches Award, which is presented to the member of the St. Sebastian’s Varsity hockey team whose commitment to excellence and devotion to the game has repeatedly been evidenced by aggressive and spirited play and selfless contribution to the total team effort.

Christian is a hard working, positive, dependable kid who has exceeded already high expectations in all areas at St. Sebastian’s School. He will be attending Skidmore College in the fall of 2015 where he plans to study Business and Economics.

Patrick Rivard
Patrick J. Rivard

2013 James P.B. McDonough Award Recipient

Patrick is a member of the National Honor Society. He is a leader, a scholar, an athlete, and an actor. He has a great sense of humor and is unusually self motivated, according to Patrick’s Advisor.

In the fall Patrick helped Kern Fitzgerald with some athletic training, in the winter he was the hockey team manager and this spring he has been dedicated to bringing up his SAT scores. He is a hard working, genuine individual and whenever faced with trying times and exhaustion, still manages to have a smile on his face and a resilience to succeed.

Carla Callini had this to say about him: “Patrick is such a great kid, obviously that is why he is getting the award. He has consistently been on the Honor Roll and Effort Honor Roll and has excelled in the classroom. He started the St. Sebastian’s blanket drive during his 7th grade year and has continued to do so to date. It has become a tradition at the school.”

Kevin Looney
Kevin J. Looney

2012 James P.B. McDonough Award Recipient

Kevin is graduating this spring and will be attending Boston College in the fall of 2013. Kevin’s father, Tom is also a St. Sebastian’s alum, class of 1978. Kevin is a member of the National Honor Society.

During his years at St. Sebastian’s he participated in various service projects, Moot Court, was one of the editors of Quiver, was an admissions tour guide, and a member of the Spanish Honor Society. He also participated in the Harvard Model Congress. Kevin was a member of the Varsity Golf team and JV soccer team; he earned an All-League Honors for golf in the ISL in his junior year. Kevin worked summers as a counselor at Noble’s Day Camp.

Kevin’s advisor Paul Tremblay has this to say about him: “Kevin is just an all around great kid, very mature, and his teachers have always had nothing but high praise in regards to his character.”

Kevin’s golf coach Jim Sullivan had this to say about him: “A true gentleman in the character of St. Sebastian’s, be it in the classroom or on the athletic field, Kevin gives his best. He is not only a key member of the Varsity golf team, but a great role model for the younger members of the team: unselfish, coachable, and thinks of the team first.”

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