Murphy named USGA's second-ever female president

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The USGA announced Monday that Diana M. Murphy will be its next president. Murphy will become only the second woman ever to lead the governing body in its nearly 121-year history, 20 years after Judy Bell held the post.

Murphy, of St. Simons Island, Ga., is currently a USGA vice president and is in her fifth year on the Executive Committee. She will succeed Thomas J. O’Toole, Jr., at the Annual Meeting in San Diego next February when the formal vote of the membership is taken.

In the past, the practice of the USGA has been for the Nominating Committee to put forth its slate of officers - most notably a president - and Executive Committee candidates in the early fall. A recent change was made in the USGA bylaws so that, going forward, the new president can be anyone on the 15-member Executive Committee.

Murphy, whose husband Reg was USGA president from 1994-’95, is managing director of Rocksolid Holdings LLC, a private equity firm dealing with small business and real estate in the Southeast. She is also managing director of the Georgia Research Alliance Venture Fund. She was managing director of Chartwell Capital Management Company, a private equity firm in Jacksonville, Fla., for 11 years and spent 15 years in publishing as a senior vice president of The Baltimore Sun Company.