Thomas J. O’Toole Jr has been elected as the new president of the United States Golf Association.
O’Toole, who hails from St. Louis in Missouri, will serve a one-year term having succeeded Glen Nager, the president for the last two years.
The election of O’Toole and the 15-member USGA executive committee took place on Saturday during the USGA’s annual meeting in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
The USGA is the governing body for golf in USA and Mexico, producing and interpreting the rules of the sport jointly with the UK’s R&A. It also organises events including the US Open and US Women’s Open, both of which take place at Pinehurst this year.
The 56-year-old O’Toole has held various roles at the USGA since 1988, acting as a rules official at 150 of the association’s championships, including every US Open since 1990, and is entering his seventh year as a member of the executive committee, three of which he served as vice-president.
He said: "It is an honor and a privilege to lead such a noble organisation. I am excited and energised to continue my service to the association and keenly aware of the magnitude of the profound responsibilities that accompany this role."
Nager announced last November that he would be stepping down as USGA president, after two years in the role, having failed to introduce organisational changes, including a long-term chief executive position. Sportcal