CHARLES E. SANDS
The First Men’s Olympic Golf Champion
In 1900 Charles E. Sands of The Saint Andrew’s Golf club achieved a landmark victory in golf at the Paris Olympic Games, making him the first, and America’s only, Men’s Olympic Golf Champion. This accomplishment was all the more remarkable because Sands was primarily known for his prolific tennis skills. But in winning the first Olympic Golf competition, a little celebrated and long forgotten achievement, Charles Sands left an indelible mark on the history of the Olympic Games and on the history of golf.