IJGA Alumnae Meet IOC President

Next year, golf will return to the Olympics after a 112-year absence. While in Europe for the LPGA Tour’s Evian Championship, two IJGA alumnae and Olympic hopefuls visited the Olympic Museum and International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters. Mariajo Uribe of Colombia and Shanshan Feng of China were two of seven golfers to make the Olympic-themed trip to Lausanne, Switzerland.

During the trip, the golfers participated in a nearest-to-the-pin competition, took a guided tour of the Olympic Museum and posed in front of the Olympic flame. Then, they met with IOC President Thomas Bach to discuss their hopes for the exciting return of golf to the Olympic Games.

After the visit, Feng said “It was really great to learn more about the history of the Olympic Games and it has certainly inspired me to go for a medal! The Olympics is so popular in China and I am determined to represent my country with pride.”

Uribe is especially excited for the Rio 2016 Games. “For me, nothing will beat playing in the 2016 Olympics in my home continent, South America. I can’t wait for golf to return to the Games in Brazil after a 112-year absence and I’m sure the worldwide interest in golf will grow massively as a result,” said Uribe.

Maria Uribe participates in a closest-to-the-pin contest. Photo: LPGA

Mariajo Uribe participates in a closest-to-the-pin contest. Photo: LPGA

Read more about the visit here: http://www.lpga.com/news/2015-golfers-ready-for-rio-olympics

Photos: LPGA

 

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