After over two decades as executive director of the USGA, David Fay announced on Christmas Eve that he’s stepping down from the position at the end of the year. His legacy includes trying to make the sport more inclusive by bringing the US Open to public courses like Bethpage Black and Torrey Pines. He also played a pivotal role in getting golf back in the Olympics.
In an email to friends and acquaintances, Fay wrote that Mike Butz, the deputy executive director, will take over for him on January 1 until a permanent replacement is found. Here’s Fay’s farewell letter in full: