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Golf’s Olympic Medals

from 1900 & 1904


Ryan Ballengee, Golf News Net

Golf has been offered as a

sport in the modern Olympic

program just twice, the 1900

Games in Paris and four years

later in St. Louis, but few of

the gold medals awarded

remain in existence today.

In 1900, the Paris games

had two golf competitions,

a 36-hole stroke-play event

for men and a nine-hole

event for women. A total of

22 players from the United

States, France, Great Britain

and Greece competed.

Americans Charles Sands and

Margaret Abbott won their

respective events.

After the Olympics in 1900,

Colonel George McGrew,

founder and president of Glen

EchoCountryClub inSt. Louis,

announced his intention to

host a world championship

at his club, one of the finest

18-hole facilities in the U.S.

at the time. In 1903, St. Louis

landed the Olympics and

McGrew decided to turn his

world championship idea into

the Olympic golf tournament.

The 1904 Olympic golf

competition was held from

Sept. 16-24 at Glen Echo

Country Club. The current

U.S. Amateur Champion,

Chandler Egan led the

Americans to a win and the

Olympic gold medal in the

team portion of the event.

The individual match-play event

began with 77 players, 72 from

the U.S., three from Canada

and two from Great Britain, in

a 36-hole stroke-play qualifier.

Only 32 players moved on to

the match play bracket.

46-year-old Canadian, George

Lyon, who did not take up the

game until the age of 37, won

the 1904 St. Louis Olympics

by a 3 and 2 margin over U.S.

Amateur Champion, Egan.

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