O'Toole elected USGA president

Pinehurst, NC ( - The United States Golf Association announced on Saturday that Thomas J. O'Toole, Jr. has been elected the 63rd president of the organization.

"It is an honor and a privilege to lead such a noble organization," said O'Toole during remarks made at the USGA Annual Meeting. "I am excited and energized to continue my service to the Association and keenly aware of the magnitude of the profound responsibilities that accompany this role."

O'Toole, 53, who lives in St. Louis, Mo., was elected to serve a one-year term. He replaces Glen Nager as head of the USGA. Nager served as president the last two years.

Off the course, O'Toole is a lawyer that specializes in real estate, specifically zoning, condemnation and real estate transactions.

O'Toole has been part of the USGA for more than 25 years. Since 1988, he has been a rules official for over 150 USGA championships, including every U.S. Open since 1990. He has also been part of the Rules of Golf Committee since 2004.

Along with O'Toole, four others were named to the Executive Committee - Daniel B. Burton and Diana M. Murphy were tabbed as vice presidents, William L. Katz was selected as secretary, and Mark E. Newell was named treasurer.

02/08 18:41:11 ET

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