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O'Toole elected as newest USGA president

Thomas J. O'Toole Jr.
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LA JOLLA, CA - FEBRUARY 15: John Daly with his wife Sherrie and son John Jr. during the final round of the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines Golf Course on February 15, 2004 in La Jolla, California. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)  - 

Formalizing a move that had been anticipated for weeks, Thomas J. O'Toole, Jr. was elected Saturday as the 63rd president of the USGA.

O'Toole, 56, will serve a one-year term, succeeding Glen Nager who presided over the governing body for the past two years.

"It is an honor and a privilege to lead such a noble organization," O'Toole stated during remarks at the USGA's annual meeting in Pinehurst, N.C. "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 has spent the past six years as a member of the USGA's executive committee, serving as the organization's vice president for the past three years. His association with the USGA dates back to 1988 and O'Toole has been a member of the Rules of Golf committee since 2004, serving as an rules official at every U.S. Open since 1990.

During his introductory remarks, O'Toole focused on the organization's upcoming efforts to open the game to a wider audience, announcing that the USGA will organize a task force in order to find new ways to increase participation among minorities, women, juniors and golfers with disabilities.

"Making the game more accessible and more welcoming is not done merely for the benefit of feeling good, or even doing the right thing," he added. "Opening up golf is good for the game."