Diana M. Murphy has been elected the 64th President of the United States Golf Association (USGA), which together with The R&A governs the game worldwide.
She is only the second woman in the organisation’s 121-year history to serve as President, following Judy Bell, who served in the role in 1996 and 1997.
Following her election at the USGA Annual Meeting in San Diego, Murphy assumes the leadership of the more than 300 professional staff and nearly 1,200 volunteers who serve on more than 30 of the organisation’s committees.
“Although golf will always face challenges, the great golfers – such as Bob Jones, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and my dear friend Louise Suggs – had one trait in common: they were optimistic about their games and the game,” Murphy, who will serve a one-year term, said after her election.
“It is a time for all of us, together, to be positive about golf and act accordingly.”
Murphy has been formally associated with the USGA since 1996, when she began a 12-year tenure on the USGA Membership Committee.
She joined the Executive Committee in 2011, and has chaired several Committees, including the Championship in 2015, Commercial in 2012 and 2013, Compensation in 2014 and 2015, Finance 2012 until 2014 and U.S. Senior Amateur Championship in 2014.
She was elected treasurer in 2013 and vice-president in 2014 and 2015.
Murphy, 59, is the managing director of Rocksolid Holdings, LLC, a private-equity firm focused on small business and real estate in the Southeast.
She is also managing director of the Georgia Research Alliance Venture Fund, which supports the state’s public and private research universities.
The USGA conducts the US Open, US Women’s Open and US Senior Open, as well as 10 National Amateur Championships and several other tournaments.
Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the rules of golf, rules of amateur status, equipment standards and the world amateur rankings.