Mike Davis, the USGA set-up man for US Open courses and the director of rules and operations since 2005, was promoted as the organization’s new executive director, replacing David Fay, who stepped down after 21 years at the end of 2010, according to Golf Digest. Davis will take on his new responsibilities immediately. He’s the seventh executive director in the USGA’s 116-year history.
“I am humbled and extremely grateful to the United States Golf Association for the trust and confidence it has placed in me as the executive director,” Davis said in a news release. “I am passionate about the USGA and its mission. The work of the association is done by thousands of volunteers and hundreds of staff, whose collective efforts truly help better the game that so many of us love.”
Davis will continue to be the set-up man for the US Open, but will have to stand down his previous duties supervising the Women’s and Senior Opens.
“Mike Davis is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced administrators in the golf industry today and will be an ideal steward of the game as the USGA’s new executive director,” USGA president Jim Hyler said in a statement. “In two decades of organizing and managing all our national championships, Mike has demonstrated creativity and impartiality that will serve him and the organization well in his new position. This was a comprehensive and thoughtful search process and Mike’s candidacy stood out. He has long been a respected member of the USGA staff and our Executive Committee stands united in its support of Mike as our executive director.”