Walter Egan

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameWalter Eugene•Egan
Used nameWalter•Egan
Born2 June 1881 in Chicago, Illinois (USA)
Died12 September 1971 in Monterey, California (USA)
Measurements178 cm
AffiliationsExmoor Country Club, Highland Park (USA)
NOC United States
Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1


Walter Egan was the older cousin of the more renowned Chandler Egan. But Walter was quite a golfer in his own right. Egan first played in the U.S. Amateur in 1899, losing in the first round. In his next appearance he made it to the finals where he was slated to play Walter Travis. But the finals were postponed for a week due to the assassination of President McKinley. Egan, a Harvard student, had to return to Cambridge to take some exams, did not play for an entire week, and lost to Travis in the finals, 5 & 4. In that tournament, Egan played the new, wound Haskell ball, one of the first players to use the ball which quickly replaced the old gutta percha models. Walter Egan was frustrated by his cousin in many attempts to win major titles. But in 1903, Walter beat Chandler to win the Western Amateur championship. Walter Egan also lost in the finals of that event in 1902 and 1905 – to Chandler Egan. Egan eventually joined Chandler in Monterey, California, where they both played their golf at Cypress Point Golf Club.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1904 Summer Olympics Golf USA Walter Egan
Individual, Men (Olympic) =17
Individual, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) =5
Individual, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 1
Team, Men (Olympic) Western Golf Association 1 Gold
Team, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) Western Golf Association 2

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