Olympic Golf Women’s Individual Stroke Play – Day 2

Day 2 of the Women’s Individual Stroke Play is finished and what a day it was! The leader board is somewhat as expected, but the number of low scores on day 2 is a bit surprising.

Players rocketed up the leaderboard; the biggest movers being the in 2nd place, Stacy Lewis, USA, with a 63 and in 3rd place Brooke Henderson, Canada, with a 64. There were 2 – 65s, a handful of 66s and many other players were under par. The course at Rio seemed to play easier today or maybe the players are starting to figure out how to score on the newly built Olympic Golf Course. Continue reading

Olympic Golf – It is the Women’s Turn

Rio 2016 Olympics - http://rio2016.com/enAfter all the talk, discussion, and lamenting about Olympic Golf, I am happy to say that the women have taken to the course in search of a gold medal! Many of the world’s top female players are in Rio and did not waver in their decision to represent their country. Regardless of where you stand, I am happy to see Canadians taking to the links as they vie for a gold medal.

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#GolfChat and The Olympics

Where does golf fit into the picture.  In a previous post, Golf – an Olympic Sport, I mentioned that the 2016 Olympics are in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The planning for the return of golf was in the works for years, but not that it is here, there seems to a question of whether its return will be well received. With many of the worlds best male golfers opting out of the Olympics this year, it is difficult to determine if golf needed the Olympics or the other way around.

I will remind everyone that reigning Olympic Gold Medalist is Canadian George Lyon. Limited to two countries back in 1904 (Canada and the USA) Rio organizers hope for at least 30 countries to be represented in both the men’s and women’s competitions, from all continents. The organizers have already exceeded that goal with 41 countries vying for gold in golf.

I really do not have an opinion whether golf is good for the Olympics or vice versa, however some of my fellow #GOLFCHAT authors have put pen to paper and I thought I would share their views.  Continue reading

Golf – an Olympic Sport

Rio 2016 Olympics - http://rio2016.com/en

With the 2012 Olympics well on the way, I thought it would be interesting to discuss golf being included in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  It will be first time that South America hosts the games of the XXXI Olympiad and should be extremely exciting.

Golf is going to reappear in the Olympics after 100 years.  It is an exciting time for all golfers who have (after much debate with those who do not think that golf is a “real sport”…yes they would be the ones who cannot play or even have the slightest desire to even give it a try, but that is a discussion for another blog)  believed that golf should never have been dropped.  The PGA Tour Commissionaire Tim Finchem said to Laura hill in 2009 that “This is, I think, a great day for the sport of golf. We are absolutely delighted with the decision by the IOC… ”

Of interest to Canadians, we are the reigning Olympic gold medalists.  In 1904, George Lyon won the gold medal in the individual event.  Of course we are very proud of this fact and hope to repeat in 2016.

There is still some discussion on how people will qualify for the Olympics.  If they use the top 60 world ranked golfers from TSN, as being discussed, Canada would not field a person.  As of today the USA has 25 players and 3 other countries have 5 in the top 60.  Total, there would be only 13 countries represented.  I completely understand that the field needs be limited, but I think a better way to limit the field should be found.  My reasoning, why not make it another tournament of PGA golfers and let them figure out who will receive the gold medal.  Sometimes, a nobody shows up and exceeds all expectations on their way to gold.

So here is the question of the day – how would you decide the field at the 2016 Olympics?