PINE ISLAND – With the Summer Olympics underway, here is a look back on a Pine Island native, Ned Sawyer, who won an Olympic gold medal in 1904. Daniel “Ned” Sawyer, the son of Daniel and Emma Sawyer, grew up in Pine Island, but as a young man moved to the Chicago area. At the age of 22, he was already one of the top golfers in the country. As a member of the Chicago Golf Club, he played for the Western Golf Association, one of three teams consisting of ten golfers each, all from the United States, that competed in the 1904 Olympic Games in St. Louis, Missouri. His team placed first in the competition and won gold medals. Sawyer tied for second among the individuals in that contest. Seventy-five golfers competed in an individual competition where Sawyer tied for ninth in the qualifying round, and then made it to the quarterfinals in match play. All the golfers were from the United States except for three from Canada, one of whom was George Lyon who won the match play tournament.