Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games
The Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing were held between 16 and 28 August 2014. Golf Competitions were held from 19 to 26 August 2014 – more information can be found in this Golf Explanatory Brochure released by the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee.
Golf Initiation Programmes at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games – Legacy for our sport
As part of the Sport Initiation Programme during the YOG in Nanjing, the IGF ran various activities to showcase golf as a new Olympic sport on the occasion of its first appearance back on the Olympic stage. The activities also engaged the local school children and school teachers who teach golf in Nanjing through a Teach the Teachers course.
This project allowed the IGF to reach out to the youth of the world present during the YOG, to local schools which teach golf and overall to the people of China, where golf is a growing sport.
The activities included Golf Initiation in Wanda Plaza in the Nanjing city centre consisting of a 4-day golf promotion involving a range of interactive activities with PGA coaches on-site providing a variety of skill and fun based challenges. These included demonstrations, coaching, games, skill challenges and competitions. A golf logistics company supplied the material for the interactive activities and provided a range of resources, products and equipment which was used as give-aways and prizes.
The IGF also organised visits by YOG golf athletes to 2 local schools which offer golf training programmes as part of their curriculum. This included some cultural performances, tours of the school facilities and opportunities for interaction between the YOG athletes and school students.
A Teach the Teachers course was also conducted at one of the two secondary schools and aimed at providing basic level coaching information to teachers to enable them to conduct golf activities at schools. Teachers were provided with some coaching resources and modified golf equipment to then enable their schools to commence a golf programme.
Since the YOG, this IGF school golf initiative during the Youth Olympic Games was discussed during the 2015 CGA Junior Training and Tournament National Conference. Overall, it proved very successful with all the schools commencing golf activities and has led to the local Nanjing Golf Association (NGA) adopting the IGF YOG model. The NGA has worked with the Nanjing Education Committee (which is part of the Schools Department) and the Nanjing State Sports Bureau to conduct some Teach the Teachers courses and provide schools with equipment and visits from golf coaches. This has resulted in more than 38 elementary and middle schools in Nanjing establishing a golf programme since the YOG. In addition to the training activities conducted at schools, the NGA operate a Training Centre with a 45-bay driving range and are providing free access to the range for students and schools that show potential.
Qualifications and Rankings
Twenty-six NOCs/ IGF National Federation Members(NFMs) received qualification places for the individual stroke play events and mixed gender team event at the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games – Nanjing 2014 Golf Competition.
One Host Country place was allocated to People’s Republic of China. In addition, Universality Places were allocated to NOCs.
All NOCs who participated are listed below:
|1||Great Britain||14||Chinese Taipei|
|10||Republic of Korea||23||Mexico|
|11||Finland||24||Hong Kong, China|
|HOST NATION PLACES|
|People’s Republic of China (male athlete only)|
|Panama (male athlete only)|
|Malaysia (reallocation of unused UP)|
|Switzerland (female athlete only)|
|Argentina (female athlete only)|
The maximum number of players who may compete in the Golf competition is 64 as agreed by the International Golf Federation (IGF) and the IOC.
Please see here for details on the 2014 Youth Olympic Games Qualification system: Nanjing 2014 – Qualification System – IGF (PDF)
Competition Rules and Procedures
Conditions for the Golf Competition during the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games may be found here. The Rules of Golf as approved by R&A Rules Limited and the USGA, together with the Conditions of Competition and Local Rules as approved by the IGF Event Delegate, shall apply.
- In the event of a tie for any of the medal positions after three rounds in the individual or team competitions, the medal(s) will be decided by a hole-by-hole play-off to take place immediately after the final round has concluded. Any players tied for other positions will remain tied.
- For the Team Competition, the scores of both players in the team count for the play-off.
- The play-off holes are determined by the IGF Event Delegate
Any protest or appeal must be made in writing to the IGF Event Delegate within fifteen minutes of the final card being returned on the competition round in which the incident occurred. The competition is deemed to have closed when the medals has been presented to the winning players/teams at the Victory Ceremony.
Information relating to the Anti-Doping Programme in place for the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games can be found here.