POSTED: Sunday February 8th 2009


The other elected officers of the Executive Committee are: James B. Hyler Jr. of Raleigh, N.C., and Cameron Jay Rains of San Diego, Calif., as vice presidents; James T. Bunch of Denver, Colo., as secretary; and Irving Fish of Wayzata, Minn., as treasurer.

Far Hills, N.J. (Feb. 7) – James F. Vernon of Pasadena, Calif., has been elected to serve a second one-year term as president of the United States Golf Association. The election of officers and the full 15-member USGA Executive Committee took place Feb. 7, 2009, at the USGA’s Annual Meeting in Newport Beach, Calif.
As president, Vernon, 58, will continue to lead the Association’s professional staff and nearly 1,400 volunteers who serve on more than 30 committees.
Vernon is the owner of Frank Vernon Diamond Brokers and Wholesale Jewelers, a family business that started under his father’s name more than 50 years ago. Outside of his golf interests, Vernon serves as secretary for the Diamond Club West Coast Inc., a member of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses. He received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and his law degree from Stanford University in 1972 and 1975, respectively. He practiced law for nine years before taking over the family business.
The other elected officers of the Executive Committee are: James B. Hyler Jr. of Raleigh, N.C., and Cameron Jay Rains of San Diego, Calif., as vice presidents; James T. Bunch of Denver, Colo., as secretary; and Irving Fish of Wayzata, Minn., as treasurer.
The other seven returning members of the Executive Committee are: Christie Austin of Cherry Hills Village, Colo.; Pat Kaufman of Fort Washington, Md.; John Kim of Farmington, Conn.; Brigid Shanley Lamb of Mendham, N.J.; Thomas J. O’Toole Jr. of St. Louis, Mo.; Steve Smyers of Lakeland, Fla.; and Geoffrey Yang of Menlo Park, Calif.
There are three newly elected members of the Executive Committee for 2009. They are Glen D. Nager of Washington, D.C.; Christopher A. Liedel of Vienna, Va.; and Gene McClure of Atlanta, Ga.
Nager, a partner in the Washington D.C. law firm of Jones Day, has been the Association’s general counsel for the past three years. He is a graduate of the University of Texas and Stanford Law School, where he was president of the Law Review. Among his clerkships was service in 1983 with Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2008, Nager served as chairman of the Men’s State Team Championship Committee and also served on the Communications, Equipment Standards, Joint Rules of Golf, Public Links Championship, Regional Associations and Rules of Golf Committees for the USGA.
Liedel is the executive vice-president and chief financial officer of the National Geographic Society and has been with the organization since 1996. He is responsible for more than $1 billion in investments, information services, systems and technology, distribution and facilities management, photographic processing and operating infrastructure.
Liedel has been involved with the USGA for the past several years as a volunteer on the Members Committee, the Communications Committee and the Nominating Committee. He also serves on the boards of directors for seven other causes, including the National Philanthropic Trust and Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research.
A 2002 Wharton Fellow inductee at the University of Pennsylvania, Liedel graduated from Georgia State University in 1989 with a Masters degree in Decision Sciences and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University in 1982.
McClure was the winner of the USGA’s 2008 Joe Dey Award and has been an active volunteer with the Georgia State Golf Association for a number of years in many capacities, including a term as president in 1996-97. The Dey Award is given annually to an outstanding USGA volunteer, recognizing an individual’s meritorious service to the game.
McClure’s background includes service on the boards of directors and trustees of the Atlanta Junior Golf Association, Georgia Junior Golf Foundation and Georgia State Golf Foundation. He has been a committee member, rules official and referee at many USGA national championships, qualifiers and state championships, and was the co-chairman of the 2005 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship conducted at Ansley Golf Club in Roswell, Ga.
A U.S. Air Force captain from 1963-67, McClure was an adjunct professor of law at Emory University Law School and the founder of the law firm McClure & McMorries, P.C.
Joseph W. Anthony, a partner in the Minneapolis law firm of Anthony Ostlund Baer Louwagie & Ross, P.A., has been chosen as the Association’s general counsel for the first time. Anthony is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and was selected as one of Minnesota Lawyer’s “Attorneys of the Year” in 2007. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut and his Juris Doctor from Temple University School of Law.
Three members of the 2008 Committee who have retired are Emily R. (Missy) Crisp of Mill Neck, N.Y.; Fredric C. Nelson of San Francisco, Calif.; and William M. Lewis Jr. of New York, N.Y.
According to USGA by-law provisions, the 2010 Nominating Committee will consist of two recent USGA past presidents and three at-large committee members. That committee will comprise USGA Past Presidents Reed Mackenzie (2002-’03) and Fred Ridley (2004-’05) and three at-large members – Youngsuk Chi of Skillman, N.J., Peter James of Los Angeles, Calif., and Sarah LeBrun Ingram of Nashville, Tenn. Chi is vice-chairman and global managing director of Global Academic & Customer Relations at Elsevier – the world’s leading publisher of science and health information. James is a former USGA Executive Committee member, and Ingram is a three-time U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion (1991, ’93 and ’94).
The 2009 Nominating Committee consisted of Mackenzie, Ridley, Chi, James and Leslie Turner of Minneapolis, Minn.
In addition, Barbara Douglas of Scottsdale, Ariz., has been appointed to serve a one-year term in 2009 as chairman of the USGA Women’s Committee. Her term begins immediately.

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