Peter Dawson, chief executive of The R&A, has become Chairman of the World Golf Foundation for 2009. Dawson succeeds USGA executive director David Fay, who served as the Foundation’s chairman in 2008.
Mr Dawson has served as The R&A’s chief executive since 1999. He joined the World Golf Foundation board in 2006, when the board was reconfigured to include the chief executives of golf’s leading global organizations. At that same time, it was determined that the role of chairman should rotate among the members of the board’s executive committee.
In addition to Dawson and Fay, other executive committee members include Jim Armstrong, executive director of Augusta National Golf Club; Carolyn Bivens, commissioner of the LPGA; Tim Finchem, commissioner of the PGA TOUR; George O‘Grady, chief executive of the European Tour; and Joe Steranka, chief executive officer of the PGA of America.
“I‘m delighted to assume the Chairman’s role for 2009,” said Peter Dawson. “Golf’s global growth continues to present challenges and opportunities to golf organizations around the world. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Foundation’s Board and staff to ensure that the Foundation is playing a leading role in the development of the game.”
The World Golf Foundation is a non-profit organization that develops and supports initiatives that positively impact lives through the game of golf and its traditional values.
The Foundation, which was founded in 1993 and is supported by major international golf organizations and professional tours, provides oversight to World Golf Hall of Fame, The First Tee, GOLF 20/20 and other industry initiatives in support of its mission.
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