Mike Davis was appointed executive director of the United States Golf Association in March of 2011. Davis is the seventh executive director in the 118-year history of the Association and succeeds David Fay, who retired after more than two decades in the position. In January 2012, he was named Chairman of the World Golf Foundation’s Board of Directors.
As executive director, Davis is the senior staff member of the USGA, responsible for managing all aspects of the Association’s day-to-day operations. He oversees the core functions, essential programs, and human and financial resources of the Association to further its stated mission. Working with the president and Executive Committee, Davis provides overall strategic guidance, serves as spokesperson with internal stakeholders and external constituencies and represents the USGA’s interests within the golf community, with courses and clubs, state and regional golf associations, the media and with national and international golf associations.
Davis joined the USGA in April 1990 as assistant manager of Championship Relations. He was promoted to manager of Championship Relations in December 1990 and served in that capacity until his promotion to director of Championship Relations nearly five years later. In 1997, he was promoted to U.S. Open Championship director, responsible for managing the day-to-day organizational activities for the U.S. Open. He assumed responsibilities as senior director of Rules and Competitions in 2005.
As senior director of Rules and Competitions, Davis was charged with conducting the 13 individual national championships and four team championships conducted by the USGA, as well as overseeing the Rules of Golf Department. He was also the staff member responsible for the golf-course setup and Rules conduct of the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Amateur Championships. During that time, Davis also supervised the Walker Cup Match when it was contested in the United States. In addition to his championship duties, he has taught at Rules of Golf workshops and has officiated annually at non-USGA tournaments, including the Masters, the British Open, The Players Championship and the Presidents Cup.
Introduced to golf at age 8 by his father, Davis played competitively as a junior and in college. He was the 1982 Pennsylvania State Junior champion and competed on the Georgia Southern University golf team. He has also played in several prominent national amateur tournaments.
Davis graduated from Georgia Southern University with a business degree in 1987. A native of Chambersburg, Pa., Davis and his wife, Cece, have one son, Grant. They reside in Pittstown, N.J.