World Golf Hall of Fame presents the Road to Rio: Golf’s Return to the Olympics
Golf has returned to the Olympics for the first time since 1904. It’s taken 112 years, but the sport made an Olympic comeback at the games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
And now you can travel along with golf’s return to the Olympics at the World Golf Hall of Fame, the only place in the world where golf’s greatest players are enshrined along with exhibits tracing the evolution of the game and personal memorabilia and artifacts from its 146 members.
The “Road to Rio” exhibition takes guests on a historical journey through Olympic golf, beginning in 1900 when golf was first played in the Olympics, to the 1904 Games in St. Louis – the last time golf was included in the Olympic schedule.
The featured artifacts in the “Road to Rio” exhibition are two rare gold and silver medals won by H. Chandler Egan at the 1904 Summer Games. Egan’s medals represent his achievements in the individual and team competitions. Egan, a Chicago native and a member of the Exmoor Country Club, was captain of the Western Golf Association team that won the gold medal at Glen Echo Country Club in St. Louis. Additionally, he won the individual silver medal, finishing runner-up to Canadian George Lyon.
In addition to seeing the Olympic medals, fans visiting the exhibit can learn more about the Olympic qualifiers, the Olympic uniform changes from 1900 to 2016, and even take a photo atop the Olympic podium holding their country’s flag. Visitors can also dive into Egan’s extraordinary golf career, which included back-to-back U.S. Amateur Championship victories in 1904 and 1905, as well as four Western Amateur titles. Egan, who later designed nearly 20 golf courses, was a member of USA’s Walker Cup-winning Team in 1934.
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The World Golf Hall of Fame is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. I-95 exit 323 at World Golf Village, One World Golf Pl., St. Augustine 904-9404123 www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org