St Louis Club Celebrates Hosting Olympic Golf


Glen Echo Country Club of St. Louis, Mo., this week is celebrating the centennial of its hosting golf in the Olympics in 1904. Canadian George Lyon of Toronto won the gold medal, the last golfing event in the history of the games.
Twenty-eight clubs from across the world will send teams to Glen Echo to join in competition with 28 teams from the host club. All 28 international clubs participated in the 04 Games.
St. Louis hosted the 1904 Olympics Sept. 17-24 in conjunction with the Worlds Fair, which was also held in St. Louis that year.
The Olympic Games in St. Louis were the first at which medals were awarded to the contestants and were the last games where golf was an Olympic sport. Additionally, the course at Glen Echo is recognized as the Oldest Olympic Venue in continuous daily use.
Lyon was 46 in 1904 when he defeated American H. Chandler Egan, just 20. Egan, despite his youth, was the favorite. Lyon was 1-up after the morning 18 in a match played in a downpour. A broom was borrowed from a streetcar conductor to sweep water from the greens, but in some cases, Egan and Lyon needed irons on the green to chip over puddles.
Egan drove into the rough on the second hole and behind a tree on the third. Wayward shots at 15 and 16 by Egan sealed Lyons triumph, 3 and 2.
Gracious to the core, Egan hailed Lyon as 'one of the cleverest players I have met.'