USGA nominates O'Toole as its next president
Thomas J. O'Toole Jr., of St. Louis, Mo., has been nominated to serve a one- year term as the 63rd president of the United States Golf Association.
The election of officers and the 15-member Executive Committee will take place Feb. 8 at the USGA's Annual Meeting at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C.
O'Toole, who has been a volunteer of the USGA since 1988, and has served as a Rules official at more than 125 USGA championships, including every U.S. Open since 1990 said in a statement, "I am truly honored and deeply humbled to have been nominated as the next president of the USGA."
In his sixth year as a member of the USGA Executive Committee and second as a vice president, O'Toole went on to say, "It has been my privilege to serve the organization for 25 years as a Rules official at the U.S. Open and other USGA championships. During that time, I have come to have deep admiration for the Association and its important work. I look forward to working closely with my colleagues on the Executive Committee and with the talented staff of the organization, led by executive director Mike Davis. Together, we will continue to advance our mission and work with our valued partners across the golf industry to foster the long-term sustainability of this great game."
President Glen D. Nager is expected to retire from the Executive Committee.
O'Toole, who has been certified as a Rules of Golf expert since 1990, chairs the Championship and Compensation Committees and also serves on the Audit, Commercial, Handicap, International Team Selection, Management, Rules of Golf and The Joint Rules of Golf committees.
In 1992, O'Toole helped found the Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association that serves eastern Missouri and central Illinois. He is a partner in the law firm of Mickes Goldman O'Toole, LLC where he chairs the firm's business and corporate group.
O'Toole follows in the footsteps of fellow St Louisan Hord W. Hardin, who served as USGA president in 1968-69.
Also nominated to serve a one year term on the Executive Committee: G. Thomas Hough, of Atlanta, Ga.; Asuka Nakahara, of Merion, Pa.; and George J. Still, Jr., of Atherton, Calif.