USGA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MIKE DAVIS NAMED 2012 WORLD GOLF FOUNDATION CHAIR
USGA Executive Director Mike Davis Named 2012 World Golf
St. Augustine, FL (January 11, 2012) - Mike Davis, Executive
Director of the United States Golf Association (USGA) has been
named Chairman of the World Golf Foundation's Board of Directors
for 2012. Davis succeeds The European Tour's Chief Executive,
George O'Grady, who served as the 2011 Board Chairman.
Davis, who was named USGA Executive Director in March, 2011, has
been with the Association for over 21 years. He joined the
organization in April 1990 where he served in various capacities in
Rules & Competitions, including as U.S. Open Championship
Director and later as Senior Director of Rules & Competitions,
until being named Executive Director.
"I am both delighted and honored to assume the Chairman's role for
2012," said Davis. "The game of golf continues to be presented with
challenges and opportunities around the world. I look forward to
working with my colleagues on the Foundation's Board and the
organization's talented staff to ensure that the Foundation
continues to play a leadership role in fostering the health, growth
and development of the game."
"Mike, with decades of experience organizing and managing national
championships, will bring a rich perspective as Chair of our
Board," said Steve Mona, Chief Executive Officer of the World Golf
Foundation. "His extensive knowledge and leadership in the golf
industry will benefit our mission of supporting the growth of the
In addition to Davis and O'Grady, the other World Golf Foundation
Board members are Jim Armstrong, Executive Director of The Masters
Tournament; Peter Dawson, Chief Executive of The R&A; Tim
Finchem, Commissioner of the PGA TOUR; Joe Steranka, Chief
Executive Officer of the PGA of America; Michael Whan, Commissioner
of the LPGA; and Jesse Saldivar, Senior Advisor, US Business
Affairs of Shell Oil Company.
About World Golf Foundation
The World Golf Foundation (WGF) is a nonprofit organization that
develops and supports initiatives that positively impact lives
through the game of golf and its traditional values. The
Foundation, which was founded in 1993 and is supported by major
international golf organizations and professional Tours, provides
oversight to World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum, The First Tee,
GOLF 20/20 and other industry initiatives in support of its
mission. As sole founding partner of the World Golf
Foundation, Shell Oil Company provides financial support and plays
a lead role in charitable initiatives aimed at introducing golf to
young people, and through the golf experience promotes scholastic
achievement, community service and those values intrinsic to the
game of golf: honesty, integrity and sportsmanship.
For more information about the WGF, visit
About the USGA
The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open and U.S. Senior
Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team
championships and international matches. Together with The R&A,
the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the
Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, Equipment Standards and
World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA's working jurisdiction
comprises the United States, its territories and Mexico.
The USGA is a global leader in the development and support of
sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a
primary steward for the game's history and funds an ongoing "For
the Good of the Game" charitable giving program. Additionally, the
USGA's Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six
continents in more than 50 countries.
For more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org.