Olympic Golf Winners and History

Olympic Golf Winners and History

Golf made its first Olympic appearance in the second modern games in Paris in 1900. The men’s event was 36-hole stroke play net handicap event. The women played a nine-hole competition.

In 1904 in St. Louis, the games featured a men’s match play event, as well as a men’s team event. The women’s event was sadly dropped.

Just two nations were represented in the 1904 golf event: The United States and Canada. In addition to the medal events, there were various contests including putting and driving.

The gold was won by Canadian George Lyon, in spite of being heavily outnumbered: Of the 77 golfers in the competition 74 were Americans to just three Canadians.

Golf was on the schedule in 1908 in London , but was cancelled at the last minute due to disagreements over the format and a lack of entries. The 1912 and 1920 games also had golf theoretically on the agenda, but lack of interest again resulted in none being played.

New rules in 1921 required that any included sport have an international governing body and be played in 40 countries. Golf, therefore, didn’t make the cut.

Golf did, however, appear as a demonstration sport connected with the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. The “Golf Prize of the Nations” competition was held at the Baden-Baden Golf Club ten days after the official games ended in August.

Seven nations participated in the Golfpreis Der Nationen: Germany, Czechoslovakia, England, France, Holland, Hungary and Italy. Two-man teams played 72 holes, with the best aggregate score claiming the “Hitler Trophy.”

At that competition, the English team of Arnold Bently and Tony Thirsk took first place. France took second, while German settled for third.

Golf remained on hiatus at the Olympics until the 2016 games in Rio, when the sport was revived as a part of a two-games test run.

YearCourse
1900Compiegne Golf Course, France
1904Glen Echo Country Club, St. Louis, Missouri
1936Baden-Baden Golf Club
2016Olympic Golf Course, Rio
2020 Kasumigaseki Country Club

The Rio Olympic golf competition was a near-run thing, as a course had to be built specifically for the competition. After much difficulty and worrying, the Gil Hanse-Amy Alcott design opened in time for the games.

The 2020 Olympic golf competition was held at Kasumigaseki Country Club.

Lists of Olympic Golf medalists follows:

Men’s Olympic Golf Medalists

YearHostGoldSilver Bronze
1900ParisCharlie Sands (US)Walter Rutherford (Great Britain)David Robertson (Great Britain)
1904St. LouisGeorge Lyon (Canada)Chandler Egan (US)Burt McKinnie (US)
Francis Newton (US)
2016RioJustin Rose (Great Britain)Henrik Stenson (Sweden)Matt Kuchar (US)
2020TokyoXander Schauffele (US)Rory Sabbatini (Czech Republic)Pan Cheng-tsung (Taipei)
Men’s Olympic Golf Medalists

Women’s Olympic Golf Medalists

YearHostGoldSilverBronze
1900ParisMargaret Abbott (US)Pauline Whittier (US)Daria Pratt (US)
1904St. LouisNo Women’s Event
2016RioInbee Park (Korea)Lydia Ko (New Zealand)Shanshan Feng (China)
2020TokyoNelly Korda (US)Mone Inami (Japan)Lydia Ko (New Zealand)
Women’s Olympic Gold Medalists

Men’s Team Golf Medalists

YearHostGoldSilverBronze
1904St. LouisWestern Golf Association

Robert Hunter
Chandler Egan
Kenneth Edwards
Clement Smoot
Walter Egan
Daniel Sawyer
Edward Cummins
Mason Phelps
Nathaniel Moore
Warren Wood
Trans Mississippi Golf Association

Albert Lambert
Stuart Stickney
Burt McKinnie
William Stickney
Ralph McKittrick
Frederick Semple
Francis Newton
Henry Potter
John Cady
John Maxwell
United States Golf Association

Douglass Cadwallader
Allan Lard
Jesse Carleton
Simeon Price
Harold Weber
John Rahm
Arthur Hussey
Orus Jones
Harold Fraser
George Oliver
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