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SBD/November 19, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
USGA President Glen Nager Leaving Position In '14 After Failed Organizational Change
Published November 19, 2013
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DIGGING DEEPER: GOLF.com's Michael Bamberger wrote the "very idea of a major management change raises deeper questions about what the USGA is and what it should be." The "answers to those questions directly impact the game as millions of golfers play it." Bamberger: "The stronger the USGA is, the more effective it can be in putting its stamp on the game. But how strong the USGA is right now, relative to the PGA Tour, the PGA of America and the collection of equipment manufacturers, is open to debate." The most "essential, and daunting, issue for the USGA is to figure out how it will shape golf." That task is "far more difficult for the organization than it once was," as for "decades, the USGA was, by far, the most powerful organization in American golf." But in the "past quarter-century, the PGA Tour has become, by far, the dominant influence on how golf is played in America." There are "no Tour stars with prominent ties to the USGA." Behind Nager's failed initiative is a "more fundamental question: Is the modern USGA basically a think-tank for golf that operates important national championships?" Or is it "another cog in the business of golf?" The "staggering amount of money" the USGA will receive from its media rights deal with Fox "suggests it is much more of a business than it has ever been." Bamberger: "But do we want a bunch of businesspeople telling us how to play and enjoy our game?" (GOLF.com, 11/18).