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Golf at the 1904 St. Louis Summer Games:

Men's Individual

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Host City: St. Louis, United States
Venue(s): Glen Echo Country Club, Normandy
Date Started: September 19, 1904
Date Finished: September 24, 1904
Format: Qualifying for 32 positions in match play. All matches at 36 holes.

Gold: CAN George Lyon
Silver: USA Chandler Egan
Bronze: USA Burt McKinnie
USA Frank Newton

Summary

On Monday, September 19, 75 golfers teed off for the match play qualifying. First player off the tee was Raymond Havemeyer, later donor of the Havemeyer Trophy given to the U.S. Amateur champion. Qualifying medalists were Stuart Stickney and Ralph McKittrick of the St. Louis Country Club, with a 36-hole total of 163, though McKittrick later defeated Stickney, 84-86, in a play-off for the medal. A score of 183 was sufficient to move on to match play. Only one of the three Canadians survived the qualifying, George Lyon of the Lambton Golf & Country Club in Toronto.

Match play began Tuesday and consisted of daily 36-hole matches. Advancing to the semi-finals were Egan, Lyon, Frank Newton of the Seattle CC, and Burt McKinnie of the Normandie Park Golf Club in St. Louis. McKinnie, a music teacher, was the current St. Louis city champion, while Newton was Pacific Northwest champion in 1902 and would win, in 1926, the first New England Amateur at the age of 52. Egan easily defeated McKinnie while Lyon bested Newton to move to the finals.

Egan, based on his summer record, was the favorite in the final, but Lyon was a fine player. Before Lyon's career was done he would win the Canadian Amateur eight times and finish second in both the U.S. Amateur and Canadian Open. Lyon was known as one of Canada's great all-round athletes, having been in the 1890's their top cricket batsman. After five straight days of 36 holes, one factor against him in the final, it was thought, was his age, 46.

The day of the finals dawned cold and gloomy and both contestants would fight the rain for the entire day. When the battle was over, George Lyon was Olympic champion by 3 and 2. His body, hardened by years of athletic endeavour, had pulled him through. While Egan was a classic stylist, Lyon had an ungainly, flat swing, relying on his natural coordination and great strength, which made him easily the longest driver in the tournament. After the match, Egan went to bed exhausted. Lyon went to the awards dinner and further showed his stamina by walking the length of the dining room - on his hands!

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 George Lyon 45 Canada CAN Gold
2 Chandler Egan 19 United States USA Silver
3T Burt McKinnie 25 United States USA Bronze
3T Frank Newton 30 United States USA Bronze
5T Ned Sawyer 22 United States USA
5T Harry Allen 27 United States USA
5T Al Lambert 28 United States USA
5T Mason Phelps 18 United States USA
9T Bob Hunter 17 United States USA
9T Simpson Foulis 20 Great Britain GBR
9T Art Stickney 25 United States USA
9T Nat Moore 20 United States USA
9T Stu Stickney 27 United States USA
9T Ralph McKittrick 26 United States USA
9T Arthur Havemeyer 22 United States USA
9T Allan Lard 37 United States USA
16T Harry Weber 22 United States USA
16T Raymond Havemeyer 20 United States USA
16T Harry Potter 22 United States USA
16T Lee Carleton 41 United States USA
16T Clement Smoot 20 United States USA
16T Warren Wood 17 United States USA
16T Orus Jones United States USA
16T Harry Fraser 31 United States USA
16T William Smith United States USA
16T John Cady 38 United States USA
16T Walter Egan 23 United States USA
16T Doug Cadwallader 20 United States USA
16T Fred Semple 31 United States USA
16T Sim Price 22 United States USA
16T Abner Vickery 24 United States USA
16T Ned Cummins 17 United States USA
AC Bart Adams 38 United States USA DNQ
AC William Burton United States USA DNQ
AC Charles Scudder 39 United States USA DNQ
AC Tim Boyd 42 United States USA DNQ
AC Edwin Hunter 30 United States USA DNQ
AC Harold Simpkins 18 United States USA DNQ
AC John Rahm 50 United States USA DNQ
AC Art Hussey 22 United States USA DNQ
AC Herbert Sumney 34 United States USA DNQ
AC Edgar Davis 30 United States USA DNQ
AC Campbell Brown 28 United States USA DNQ
AC Henry Case United States USA DNQ
AC George Powell 35 United States USA DNQ
AC Robert Thach 37 United States USA DNQ
AC Charles Willard United States USA DNQ
AC George Thomas United States USA DNQ
AC Clarkson Potter 23 United States USA DNQ
AC George Oliver 21 United States USA DNQ
AC W. A. Hersey United States USA DNQ
AC Bernard Edmunds 35 United States USA DNQ
AC John Brandt 21 United States USA DNQ
AC Frederick Newbery 39 Great Britain GBR DNQ
AC Leon Hazelton 28 United States USA DNQ
AC Alfred Annan 28 United States USA DNQ
AC Murray Carleton 19 United States USA DNQ
AC Louis Allis 37 United States USA DNQ
AC John Watson United States USA DNQ
AC Alexander Mackintosh United States USA DNQ
AC Jarvis Hunt 40 United States USA DNQ
AC William Withers 39 United States USA DNQ
AC Wallace Shaw 34 United States USA DNQ
AC Joseph Howard United States USA DNQ
AC Albert E. Austin 15 Canada CAN DNQ
AC Meade Yates 40 United States USA DNQ
AC James Stack 43 United States USA DNQ
AC William Groseclose 45 United States USA DNQ
AC Simon Harbaugh 30 United States USA DNQ
AC Edward Lansing 48 United States USA DNQ
AC Edward Gould 30 United States USA DNQ
AC Clarence Angier 50 United States USA DNQ
AC Albert Austin 47 Canada CAN DNQ
AC Lee Jones 29 United States USA DNQ
AC Charles Cory 47 United States USA DNQ