Liberty Corner, New Jersey, United States: Mark Newell has been elected to serve a one-year term as the 65th President of the United States Golf Association (USGA).
The election took place at the Association’s Annual Meeting in Miami Beach.
Newell will lead the 15-member volunteer USGA Executive Committee, which provides strategic direction and oversight to the Association’s full-time management and staff.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve the game of golf as USGA President, and to champion our staff’s work to lead, grow and sustain our sport,” said Newell upon his election. “We are at an exciting time in golf’s evolution, and our collective focus on ensuring its future has never been stronger.”
Newell, now in his eighth year with the Executive Committee, has chaired the Rules of Golf Committee since 2013. During that time, he has been a leading force behind the USGA’s joint initiative with The R&A to modernise golf’s Rules.
He also chaired the USGA Handicap Committee and spent four years as co-chair of the USGA/R&A initiative that led to the development of the World Handicap System, which is scheduled to debut in 2020.
The other members of the 2018 Executive Committee were also elected at the Annual Meeting, with four new additions: three-time Major champion and former world number one Nick Price; Kendra Graham; Sharon Ritchey and Paul G. Brown.
Tokyo, Japan: The Professional Golfers’ Association of Japan, one of Asia’s eldest and most respected sporting organisations, has joined the Asian Golf Industry Federation.