The U.S. Golf Association announced Glen Nager as its 62nd president on Saturday, elected to serve a one-year term at the governing body's annual meeting in Houston.
Nager hopes to keep the organization focused on challenges faced by predecessor Jim Hyler, including improving participation and environmental stewardship in the game.
At a time when the game faces increasingly complex challenges, we must recommit ourselves to the USGAs mission, Nager said at the annual meeting. To sustain the game, we must do more. We have to promote a more enjoyable, more affordable and more welcoming experience for golfers ' without fundamentally changing the game itself.
Nager, 53, is a Houston native now residing in Washington, D.C. He is a lawyer and partner in the Jones Day law firm. He has an extensive background in constitutional law, having argued 13 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The new USGA president is also a single-handicap golfer. He connected law and golf when he was named the volunteer general counsel of the USGA in 2006. He most recently served as chairman of the USGAs Rules of Golf, Commercial and Compensation committee.