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Golf

Golf is undoubtedly one of the oldest existing codified sports. The first Rules of Golf were set out in 1744 by the “Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers” in Scotland.  Prior to its recent reappearance at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, golf had been on the Olympic programme twice: in 1900 and 1904. At the 1900 Games in Paris, two events were staged: one for men and one for women. Americans Margaret Ives Abbott and Charles Edward Sands were the first Olympic champions in the two events. In 1904 in St Louis, the women’s event was replaced by a team event.

A golf course consists of a series of holes, each with a teeing area that is set off by two markers showing the bounds of the legal tee area, fairway, rough and other hazards, and the putting green surrounded by the fringe with the pin (flagstick) and cup. A typical golf course consists of 18 holes but nine  hole courses are common and can be played twice through for 18 holes.
Every round of golf is based on playing a number of holes in a given order. A round typically consists of 18 holes that are played in the order determined by the course layout.

TOTAL ATHLETES
64 Athletes (32 women and 32 men)

EVENTS/CATEGORIES
Women / Men / Individual (men and women) / Mixed Team

RULES

1

All players will play in the Individual event and the Mixed Team event.

2

Individual events: Individual stroke play events are played over 54 holes (3 rounds of 18 holes) over three consecutive days. Each player plays against every other player. Players complete each hole on the course, over three rounds and, after each round, return a score card with a gross score for each hole. The player who plays the stipulated rounds in the fewest strokes is the winner. A seeded draw is applied for the final round with the leading players teeing off last.

3

The Mixed Team event is played over 54 holes (3 rounds of 18 holes) over three consecutive days: teams are composed of one woman and one man from the same National Olympic Committee

4

The Mixed Team event will be all stroke play as follows: First round: foursome (pairs of players play as partners, and each pair plays a single ball, taking alternating strokes); it will be stipulated which player has to play the tee shot on each hole. Second round: four-ball (pairs of players play as partners, with each playing their own ball. The lower score of the partners is the score for the hole. If one partner fails to complete a hole, there is no penalty). Third round: both individual scores count. The team score is the addition of the first and the second rounds as well as individual scores achieved by the men and women in the final round.

5

The team that plays the stipulated rounds in the fewest strokes is the winner.

6

A seeded draw is applied for the final round with the leading teams teeing off last.

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