H. Chandler Egan’s Olympic Medals Found

More from the “golf returns to the Olympics” file. The two medals won by American H. Chandler Egan in 1904, which were lost for many years, have been found in an old bookcase in a house in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, that used to be owned by Egan’s daughter, Eleanor.

Egan won a gold medal in the team event and a silver in the individual (losing to George Lyon of Canada) the last time golf was an Olympic sport, September 17-24, 1904, at Glen Echo Country Club in St. Louis. U.S. teams took all three medals in the team competition—Egan was playing with a group representing the Western Golf Association—plus two bronzes in the individual. A few months before the Olympics, Egan won the U.S. Amateur, and he won it again in 1905.

He became a golf course architect, best known for working on the restoration of Pebble Beach in 1929. His medals—on loan from his grandson, Morris Everett Jr., who found them—will be on display at the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum in St. Augustine, Florida, through the end of the year.