Olympic Lyon

The Untold Story of the First Gold Medal for Golf

Michael Cochrane

Before Tiger Woods—and before Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Ben Hogan, and even Bobby Jones, there was the great Canadian George S. Lyon.

This first account of Canada’s little-known golf legend, Olympic Lyon traces his incredible journey from small-town Ontario to the final match of the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis.

At age thirty-seven, the fire insurance salesman and natural athlete from Toronto picked up a golf club for the first time. Just a few years later, he faced the world’s best golfers—men half his age—in a grueling week of competition for the ultimate prize: the first Olympic gold medal for golf and a magnificent Championship Trophy.

A meticulously researched and wildly entertaining work of historical fiction, Olympic Lyon chronicles Lyon’s remarkable career and the sudden rise in popularity of golf in North America. It weaves in such momentous events as the War of 1812, the Louis Riel Rebellion, the St. Louis World’s Fair, and the Great Fire of Toronto. Above all else, it restores the memory of Canada’s champion and ensures that his name will be forever bound to the great game of golf.


“I absolutely loved Olympic Lyon… Once I started reading it, I didn’t want to put it down. [Michael Cochrane’s] writing is a lovely gift to the game of golf.”

Michael Cochrane is a Toronto author, lawyer, and bestselling author. He has published a number of books about Canadian law and is frequently featured on television and radio as an expert on a variety of legal subjects. He was the host of BNN’s national legal affairs program, Strictly Legal, and is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, the Canadian Bar Association, the Golf Historical Society of Canada, and the Golf Journalists Association of Canada. He has recently published two novels, Night Soil and Night Soil II: Inferno. See michaelcochrane.ca.

ISBN 978-1-77458-400-2
$19.95 CAD $16.95 USD
Published June 14, 2023
5.5 × 8.5 296 Pages
Paperback, Ebook