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Golf at the 1900 Paris Summer Games:

Men's Individual

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Compiègne Golf Club, Compiègne
Date Started: October 2, 1900
Date Finished: October 2, 1900
Format: 36 holes stroke play

Gold: USA Charles Sands
Silver: GBR Walter Rutherford
Bronze: GBR David Robertson

Summary

Charles Sands, of the St. Andrews Golf Club in Yonkers, New York, played the Compiègne course in rounds of 82-85 to win the gentlemen’s event by one shot over Walter Rutherford of Jedburgh, Scotland. Charles Sands took up golf in 1895 and only three months later went to the final of the first Amateur Championship of the USGA. There he met the redoubtable Charles Blair MacDonald, and Sands’ lack of experience showed as MacDonald won easily, 12 and 11. Sands never again played in the U. S. Amateur, and that and his Olympic triumph constitute his entire golfing laurels.

Sands was a well-known athlete, though. Primarily a tennis player, he was the United States’ champion in 1905 in court tennis, the original form of the game. He is one of only two American athletes to have competed in the Olympics in three sports – 1900 in golf, 1900 in lawn tennis, and 1908 in jeu de paume (the original name of court tennis).

Albert Lambert, the winner of the handicap event, also competed in the Olympic competition, finishing eighth with rounds of 94-95. Lambert was from St. Louis and when Olympic golf returned to St. Louis in 1904, Lambert would again compete, making him the only person to play in both Olympic golf tournaments. In fact, Lambert was the man responsible for the 1904 Olympic golf event.

Lambert was a wealthy man. He founded Lambert Pharmacal Co., later Warner-Lambert, best-known as the makers of Listerine. His avocation in later years became flying and he was the primary benefactor for Charles Lindbergh’s trans-atlantic flight. For his contributions to aviation, the St. Louis airport was named Lambert International Field.

In 1900 Lambert played the Olympic golf event while on a business trip to his Paris office. On his return he mentioned the Olympic golf event to his father-in-law, Colonel George McGrew. McGrew was the founder of Glen Echo Golf Club in St. Louis and with the Olympics coming to St. Louis in 1904, Lambert and McGrew put forth plans to conduct an Olympic golf tournament at Glen Echo.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal TS R1S R2S
1 Charles Sands 34 United States USA Gold 167 82 85
2 Walter Rutherford 30 Great Britain GBR Silver 168
3 David Robertson 31 Great Britain GBR Bronze 175
4 Frederick Taylor 44 United States USA 182
5 John Daunt 34 Great Britain GBR 184
6 George Thorne Great Britain GBR 185
7 William Dove 28 Great Britain GBR 186
8 Al Lambert 24 United States USA 189 94 95
9 Arthur Lord 31 United States USA 221
10 Pierre Deschamps France FRA 231
11 Alexandros, Count Merkati 25 Greece GRE 246
12 M. Van de Wynckélé France FRA 252