Fay, 60, retires as USGA executive director

David Fay

David Fay

David Fay, executive director of the U.S. Golf Association, has announced his retirement. After 32 years with the USGA, 21 of which Fay served as executive director, Fay will take his leave Dec. 31.

Fay, 60, named milestones such as the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, securing a golf-in-the-Olympics international structure and a renewed commitment to the organization's core responsibilities as reasons why 2010 marks a good ending to his career.

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David Fay

“I leave with the highest regard for the institution of the USGA and its on-going work as golf’s impartial Bureau of Standards,” Fay wrote. “It’s been a rewarding, satisfying and fun run.”

Fay, a 1972 graduate of Colgate University (where he also played on the varsity golf team), served as the communications director for the Metropolitan Golf Association for two years before beginning his career with the USGA in 1978 as a tournament relations manager and then director of program management. Fay is widely recognized as one of the leading authorities on the Rules of Golf.

During his tenure, Fay served under 17 USGA presidents. In a statement announcing his retirement, Fay thanked the more than 3,000 USGA committee members with whom he has served.

“David’s passion for the game can be matched only by his passion for the people and the mission of the United States Golf Association,” said Jim Hyler, president of the USGA. “He has been a steadfast advocate for the game and our national championships and the USGA is thankful for his service.”

Mike Butz, deputy executive director since 1995, will serve as acting executive director in Fay’s absence. The USGA will begin a national search for Fay’s replacement at the beginning of 2011.

–The USGA contributed to this report.

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