Former USGA executive director Hannigan dies

Former USGA executive director Frank Hannigan passed away at the age of 82.

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Former USGA executive director Frank Hannigan passed away at the age of 82.

Former U.S. Golf Association executive director Frank Hannigan has died at age 82.

The USGA announced Saturday via its Twitter account, @USGA: "We mourn the loss of Frank Hannigan, who passed away today. Frank served as USGA Executive Director from 1983 to 1989."

Hannigan was succeeded by David Fay and earned mention from Mike Davis when he took the post in 2011 as someone with whom he kept in touch. Past USGA presidents control the makeup of the Executive Committee, which consists of 15 members who make all decisions for the organization. NBC reported Hannigan was a week away from turning 83.

Said Golfweek senior writer Alex Miceli via his Twitter account, @alexmiceli: "At 82 Hannigan was always feisty and cared deeply about the USGA, not many left."

In 2004, indeed, Hannigan was outspoken about the role of golf-ball distance determining the game's most powerful figures. Even as USGA senior technical director Dick Rugge ended his tenure in 2013, he mentioned an interview with Hannigan before taking the USGA post.

Hannigan, who joined the USGA in 1961, was executive director from 1983 to 1988. Among other things, he was responsible for getting Shinnecock Hills back into the U.S. Open rotation in 1986. One of the original five clubs when the USGA was founded in 1895, it had not held a U.S. Open in 90 years.

– Associated Press contributed. Check back for updates on this developing story.

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