John M. Bodenhamer
Senior Managing Director, Championships & Governance
John Bodenhamer joined the United States Golf Association as senior managing director of Championships & Governance in June 2011. In his role, he oversees the inside-the-ropes conduct of the USGA’s Open championships, as well as all aspects of the Association’s 10 national amateur championships, international competitions and extensive qualifying program. He also oversees the USGA’s governance related activities, including the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, Equipment Standards and Test Center, as well as the Course Rating and Handicap System. He is also a member of the IGF Competitions Committee, which administers golf in the Olympic Games, and the Board of Directors of USA Golf, which selects Team USA for the Olympic Games.
Prior to joining the USGA’s senior staff, Bodenhamer served as executive director of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association since 1990, the Washington State Golf Association since 1992 and the Pacific Coast Golf Association since 1998. His association responsibilities also included serving as the CEO for The Home Course in DuPont, Wash., which served as the companion course for the 2010 U.S. Amateur Championship at Chambers Bay and was the host site for the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship.
During his career, Bodenhamer worked on a variety of USGA committees, including the Regional Associations, Amateur Status and Handicap Procedures Committees. In 2000-01, he was president of the International Association of Golf Administrators and was a founding member of the board of directors for the First Tee of Greater Seattle.
Prior to joining the Pacific Northwest Golf Association, Bodenhamer served as a member of the Judiciary Committee staff for U.S Senator Orrin Hatch from 1989 to 1990.
Bodenhamer graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and was a member of the Cougars’ golf team that won the Division I national team title in 1981. He also won both the Pacific Northwest Junior Championship and Washington State Junior Championship in 1978 and the Washington State Amateur in 1981. A two-time Alaska State Open champion, he played in the 1984 and 1985 U.S. Amateurs.