Golf returns to Olympic competition with a hole-in-one

A 16-year-old Canadian notches a hole-in-one on the first day of golf competition at Youth Olympics

Golf has returned to the Olympics with a bang.

After more than a century away, the sport has been restored to the official program for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games and is getting a test run this week at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

On Tuesday -- the first day of competition -- 16-year-old Tony Gil of Canada notched a hole-in-one at the Zhongshan International Golf Club. Gil hit a seven iron on the par-three third hole.

Gil added four birdies and was tied for fifth place. Marcus Kinhult of Sweden and Brett Coletta of Australia were tied for the lead at 66 after the first round.

Golf has not been played at the Olympics since 1904. Before Tuesday, no one had scored an ace.

"That’s very cool," Gil said in a statement released by the Asian Tour. "It was actually the first hole-in-one in my career too.”

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