Date of Award

2014

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.H.K.

Department

Kinesiology

First Advisor

Martyn, Scott

Keywords

Social sciences, Health and environmental sciences, Development of an international sport federation, Development of the international golf federation, Golf and the olympics, International golf federation, International sport federations, Olympic golf

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

In 2003, the World Amateur Golf Council (WAGC) changed its name to the International Golf Federation (IGF), thereby taking the first step in allowing golf to return to the Olympic Programme in 2009. The purpose of this study was to analyze what, if any, were the influences on the IGF as it went from creation, to development, to subsequent re-instatement on the Olympic Programme in the span of six years. Through interviews and document analysis, the primary source of influence came from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) during this process. In addition, the IGF was influenced by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), and also by the founders of the organization, and other individuals within the realms of the Olympic Movement and the world of golf.

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