Ernest J. Getto

USGA General Counsel 

 ErnestGetto --- Ernest J. Getto, a member of the USGA Executive Committee 

Ernest J. Getto, of Santa Barbara, Calif., is in his third year as general counsel to the USGA.

Getto has been a managing director of Burford Capital since January 2011, and previously served as global chairman and a partner in the litigation department at Latham & Watkins. Getto has more than 40 years of corporate litigation experience, representing a diverse group of corporate clients, including Georgia Pacific, PG&E, Newmont Mining, IBM, Siemens, the Directors Guild of America and many others. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, served on the Board of Governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and is a member of the board of directors of Direct Relief International.

Getto received a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1966 and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1969. He has enjoyed the game of golf for more than 50 years, playing in high school and college, and has served on the boards of Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles and The Valley Club of Montecito in California, where he is currently a member.

In 2015, Getto will serve on the Amateur Status, Audit, Equipment Standards and Handicap Committees.


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The USGA and Chevron have committed to using the game of golf to encourage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. This commitment has led to the creation of extensive golf-focused STEM teaching tools, and has resulted in charitable contributions to support golf-related programs through Eagles for Education™

At U.S. Open Championships the Chevron STEM ZONE™ is an interactive experience highlighting the science and math behind the game of golf through a variety of hands-on exhibits and experiments.

The partnership has also produced educational materials such as the Science of Golf video series and a nationally-distributed newspaper insert which are provided to teachers as tools to enhance existing curriculum in schools. These lessons teach the science behind the USGA’s equipment testing, handicapping, and agronomy efforts.

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