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USGA Names Mike Davis To Succeed David Fay As Exec Dir

Mike Davis is the seventh Exec Dir in USGA's 116-year history
The USGA yesterday introduced MIKE DAVIS as the seventh Exec Dir in the organization's 116-year history. Davis, who has served as Senior Dir of Rules & Competitions for the USGA since '05, succeeds DAVID FAY, who retired at the end of last year after holding the position for 21 years. Davis joined the organization in '90 (USGA). In DC, Barry Svrluga notes in "accepting the job, Davis made one thing clear: He still wants to be heavily involved in both selecting sites for the U.S. Open and setting up the courses, his most high-profile duties in his old job." Davis "edged out" what USGA President JIM HYLER indicated was a "strong field of internal and external candidates for the job" (WASHINGTON POST, 3/3). Davis will continue to be based at the USGA's Far Hills, N.J., HQs. GOLFWEEK's James Achenbach noted Davis is "known as an attentive listener and a forceful speaker." He has "become a close friend" of Hyler, who had "considerable influence in choosing" Fay's replacement (GOLFWEEK.com, 3/2). GOLFCHANNEL.com's Rex Hoggard cited a source as saying that Davis "had to be strongly advised to consider the job, which is corporate speak for arm twisting." Meanwhile, a source confirmed that the USGA is in "no hurry right now to pick a new Senior Director of Rules & Competition." Hoggard: "I think they're going to take a wait-and-see approach" ("Golf Central," Golf Channel, 3/2). CBSSPORTS.com's Steve Elling wrote Davis is the "most popular figure in recent USGA history as it relates to the players." He has "become one of the most accessible figures in the game," and there is the hope that "will remain the case as he gets bumped up the food chain" (CBSSPORTS.com, 3/2).
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