Dawson, Votaw take on new global roles

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R&A chief Peter Dawson with the Claret Jug.

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Ty Votaw

Peter Dawson, the R&A’s chief executive, has been appointed president of the International Golf Federation, world golf's governing body.

Ty Votaw, an executive vice president with the PGA Tour, was named the IGF’s vice president of the International Golf Federation.

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PGA of Australia’s board of directors has appointed Brian Thorburn as its future chief executive officer.

Thorburn will take over when Max Garske retires from the post in July.

Thorburn held executive positions in banking for more than 20 years before moving into sports management in 1996.

Before establishing 24/7 Sports, a sports marketing, promotions and events management company, he was the commercial director of the Australian Rugby Union.

Both men will serve two-year terms beginning Jan. 1 while continuing in their existing roles with their respective organizations.

Dawson has served as joint secretary of the IGF since 1999. Votaw helped spearhead golf's successful bid for inclusion in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

“(The) announcements, coupled with Antony Scanlon’s appointment as IGF executive director and our relocation to Lausanne (Switzerland), demonstrates golf’s determination to play an active part in the Olympic movement,” Dawson said.

“With the collective strength of the world’s leading golf organizations behind us, I am confident that the IGF is well-placed to meet the challenges that lie ahead.”

Scanlon took over as the IGF's executive director on Nov. 1 and is responsible for handling the day-to-day administration of the IGF in Olympic matters, including Rio 2016’s golf-venue selection.

The IGF was founded in 1958 and has been recognized by the International Olympic Committee as golf's official world body and represents 127 golf organizations from 122 countries.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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