The current chief executive officer of the U.S. Golf Association will leave the organization at the end of 2021 to join a new business venture specializing in golf course design.
Mike Davis, who had been in charge of the organizations since 2016, will join Tom Fazio II in a new business venture at Fazio & Davis Golf Design in 2021. Davis joined the USGA in 1990 and became the association’s seventh executive director in 2011 and its first chief executive officer in 2016.
“Leading the USGA has been such an honor and I’m grateful for the many wonderful years I have had with this great organization,” said Davis. “While I am excited for my next chapter, my work here is not done and I look forward to furthering our mission to better the game over the next 15 months.”
Davis is responsible for all aspects of the association’s day-to-day operations. He serves as a member of several golf-related boards, including the International Golf Federation, World Golf Foundation, World Golf Hall of Fame and Official World Golf Rankings.
“Mike has been a transformational leader in golf and his actions to move the USGA forward have been numerous and decisive,” said USGA President Stu Francis. “These accomplishments include leading global rules modernization, the new World Handicap System, the ongoing Distance Insights project and the creation of the new USGA Foundation. In addition, Mike’s vision helped create four new USGA championships, while at the same time ensuring a renowned lineup of golf courses for all of the USGA’s championships. He has also been a strong advocate for the selection of public golf courses as U.S. Open sites.”
The USGA Executive Committee will initiate a search for the next CEO so that it can have a candidate in place prior to the 2021 U.S. Open.