Joe Kirkwood was a world-renowned golfer who is credited for “doing more to popularize the game of golf around the world than anyone in his generation.”
The Kirkwood is held each June at the Stowe Country Club. It is one of the finest amateur four-ball, match-play competitions in New England.
For the last 9 years of his life, Joe Kirkwood was the Head Professional of the Stowe Country Club. His legend, character and spirit still inhabit Stowe Country Club; this is never more apparent than during the 4 days in the early summer when friends from across the country, as well as around the world, come together to celebrate his life the way he would have wanted . . . by playing a little golf.
Fittingly, the Joe Kirkwood Tournament benefits Stowe Junior Golf. Stories still survive of Joe playing 4 holes with one club against the junior golfers, the winner getting a shiny new golf ball for their efforts. Our Junior program provides over 100 kids between the ages of 7 and 14 the opportunity to learn the game through a 5-week instructional program. For years, the Kirkwood has sponsored junior golfers at Stowe Country Club.