GOLF

Golf consists of striking a ball into a series of holes using a selection of clubs and counting the number of strokes it takes to do so.

An official sport at the Paris 1900 and St. Louis 1904 Games, golf then vanished from the programme until it returned at Rio 2016.

There are two main tournament formats: match play, in which two golfers compete against each other hole-by-hole; and stroke play, in which the total number of shots taken is counted. Stroke play is used at the Games, with athletes playing four rounds of 18 holes over four days, giving a total of 72 holes. 60 men and 60 women participate, based on the world rankings as compiled by the International Golf Federation.

Ireland’s best known Male Golfers are Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry and Padraig Harrington (who represented Ireland at the Rio Olympic Games), while in the Women’s Game Stephanie Meadow and Leona Maguire lead the pack.

In Ireland, the Men’s game is administered by the Golf Union of Ireland and the Irish Ladies Golf Union.

National Federation: Golf Union of Ireland

International Federation: International Golf Federation

GOLF NEWS

Team Ireland Golfers Selected For Paris 2024

The Olympic Federation of Ireland has officially selected the golf team who are set to compete at the Olympic Games in Paris this summer.  Replicating the team that competed in Tokyo 2020, the Paris 2024 team of Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry, Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow will once again represent Ireland in golf at the Olympic Games. The golf tournament occurs [...]

Paris Scholarship Recipients in Profile

Rhasidat Adeleke (Athletics)Rhasidat (who doesn’t turn 20 until August 2022) is from Tallaght and is already blazing a trail for Irish sprinting. In 2018, aged just15, she became the European Youth (U18) 200m champion in Hungary. In 2019 she won double sprint gold at the European Youth Olympics in Baku. In July 2021 she became […]

MARATHON AND GOLF TAKE CENTRE STAGE IN TOKYO THIS MORNING WHILE COYLE ANNOUNCED AS FLAGBEARER FOR CLOSING CEREMONY

Morning report from Team Ireland on Day 15 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games All focus for Team Ireland was on the marathon and golf this morning as the women’s marathon got underway in Sapporo, while the final day of the Women’s Individual Stroke Play was held in Tokyo. With the Games now in their […]

GOLF, MODERN PENTATHLON, CYCLING AND ATHLETICS ROUND OUT BUSY DAY 13 FOR TEAM IRELAND

It was another jam-packed afternoon and evening in Tokyo for Team Ireland today, with a host of Irish athletes in action across a range of disciplines. Three-time Olympian Natalya Coyle got off to an impressive start in the Women’s Individual Fencing Round, and will now go into Day Two of her event lying in joint […]

SELECTED ATHLETES

Stephanie Meadow

BIOGRAPHY Stephanie’s family moved to South Carolina when she was thirteen to further her golf talent, and she was the University of Alabama’s first four-time first-team All-American. She was third in the US Open on her LPGA debut in 2014, winning her LPGA tour card in 2015, but also sadly lost her father Robert that [...]

Shane Lowry

BIOGRAPHY Shane won the Irish Open as an amateur in 2009, and turned professional a week later. In 2015 he won the prestigious World Golf Championship (Bridgestone Invitational), and his career highlight so far is his Major win at the 2019 British Open at Royal Portrush. He has had eight top ten finishes in Majors [...]

Leona Maguire

BIOGRAPHY While on scholarship at Duke University in America Leona, who is now based in Orlando, spent 135 weeks at number one in the world amateur rankings. Two professional wins and seventh place on the Symetra Tour in 2019 earned her first card on the LPGA Tour in 2020. In her first full season she [...]

Rory McIlroy

BIOGRAPHY Rory has spent over 100 weeks at world number one since turning pro in 2007, is a four-time Major winner (the 2011 US Open), the PGA Championship (2012 & 2014) and the British Open (2014), and was runner-up in the 2022 Masters. He started 2024 by winning the Dubai Desert Classic, was tied 12th [...]

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