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Teeing up some fun facts about golfing in Massachusetts

Before you gear up for 18 holes during golf season, brush up on the sport’s rich local history.

7th September 1931: American golfer Francis Ouimet in action. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
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Francis Ouimet, the “Father of American Golf.”

> 376 — Number of golf facilities in Massachusetts in 2012

> 40.8% — Massachusetts’s share of the 18-hole equivalent courses in New England

> 1993 — Year Holyoke-born golfer Paul Azinger won the PGA Championship

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> $1.7 billion — The approximate size of Massachusetts’s direct golf economy in 2012, a 7.9% increase from 2006

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> $74.3 million — Estimated amount of charitable giving generated by the Massachusetts golf industry in 2012

> 264,200 — Estimated number of golf-related day trips made to Massachusetts courses in 2012

> 25,000 — Approximate number of jobs supported by the Massachusetts golf-related economy in 2012

> 299 — Number of consecutive tournaments Massachusetts resident (and New Hampshire native) Jane Blalock played without missing a cut, a record for both men’s and women’s professional golf

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> 16 — Number of United States Golf Association (USGA) championships The Country Club in Brookline has hosted (it is one of the five charter clubs of the USGA)

Francis Ouimet, the “Father of American Golf”

> 1913 — Year Francis Ouimet — amateur golfer, working-class kid, and former caddy at The Country Club in his native Brookline — won the US Open hosted at the club in a dramatic 18-hole playoff

> $32 million — Approximate amount of need-based college aid the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund has given to students who’ve worked at Massachusetts golf courses

> 350,000 — Number of Americans who played golf, considered a sport for the rich, in 1913; Ouimet’s victory sparked interest in the sport, and by 1923 there were 2 million people playing it

> 10 — Age of Ouimet’s caddy, Eddie Lowery, at the 1913 US Open

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“Although golf was originally restricted to wealthy, overweight Protestants, today it’s open to anybody who owns hideous clothing.” — Dave Barry

Sources: The Alliance of Massachusetts Golf Organizations; golfchannel.com; Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund; The Country Club; World Golf Hall of Fame; PGA; LPGA

Mayeesha Galiba can be reached at mayeesha.galiba@globe.com.