Golf Competition | Thursday, July 16, 2015 to Sunday, July 19, 2015
Golf marked its Pan Am Games debut at Angus Glen Golf Club on Thursday, July 16.
The tournament had three medal events - Women's individual, Men's individual and Mixed team - and was open to both professional and amateur players. The Pan Am Games tournament comes just one year before the return of golf to Olympic competition at the Rio Games. 1904 was the last time golf was part of the Olympic Games at which Canadian George Lyon who took home the trophy.
Angus Glen Golf Club & Conference Centre
The origins of golf are much debated. The game as we know it today originated in Scotland during the 15th century; however, a golf-like game using a stick and leather ball, but no hole, is recorded as taking place in the Netherlands in the late 13th century.
Today, the modern game is a globally recognized sport, and will be part of the Pan Am Games for the first time in 2015.
How it works
Golf is actually a very simple sport—take as few strokes as possible with the club to get the ball in the hole. However, it does require a lot of concentration, accuracy and technique. Eighteen holes are played over four days. The lowest score wins.
- Birdie—one stroke under par for a hole
- Bogey—one stroke over par for a hole
- Eagle—two strokes under par for a hole
- Fairway—the desired landing area of closely cropped grass between the tee and the putting green
- Par—the number of strokes it should take a player to sink the ball in the cup
- Putting green—the surface where the cup is located
- Tee—the small stick used to hold the ball off the ground in the tee box