Glen Nager's USGA Coup d'├ętat Fails
By Torleif Sorenson on 11/19/13
Golf Digest's Ron Sirak is reporting that when Glen D. Nager's second one-year term as president of the United States Golf Association expires on February 8, 2014, he will be completely gone from that rule-making body. He will not assume any further Executive or Nominating committee positions, either.

Nager lost a power struggle — a coup d'├ętat, according to some — when he attempted to have incoming USGA president Thomas J. O'Toole, Jr. removed from the position and removed from the 15-member Executive Committee because Nager felt O'Toole was "too close" to USGA CEO Mike Davis. Nager also wanted Davis to quit. One USGA insider described Nager as belonging to "the corporate guys," while Davis, O'Toole, and pretty much all of the other major players as "the golf guys."

Instead, Nager's audacious reorganization plan united a group of opponents who, amongst other things, stand behind O'Toole and Davis. Sirak says that Nager ended up costing himself the support of the USGA's Executive Committee, Nominating Committee, a number of past presidents, and apparently many regular staff members.

Sirak quotes one unnamed USGA source as saying, "I'll tell you what, you're going to see a 180-degree turnaround in terms of our relationship with some other organizations when Tom takes over."

Like Nager, O'Toole is an attorney, but O'Toole has also served as a U.S. Open rules official every year since 1990. In contrast, Nager had been involved in the USGA only since 2006, when he joined as general counsel.

In his article, Sirak says that "many USGA operatives" were unhappy with the way Nager handled the recent television contract negotiations with Fox Sports; O'Toole and Davis were "marginalized" in the contract discussions. A number of unhappy USGA staff and committee members felt that NBC and ESPN were treated disrespectfully during those negotiations.

Sirak also takes care to point out that both the PGA of America and the Royal & Ancient have made the CEO positions stronger in their respective organizations in an effort to implement a more business-like approach. But at the USGA, Nager's efforts not only failed, he apparently now finds himself exiled — gone for good.


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[ comments ]
bkuehn1952 says:
It is always nice to see that people at the top can be petty in-fighters just like regular folks.
11/19/13
 
Kurt the Knife says:
ssssnooore...urg...uhmmm, what?
11/19/13
 
Torleif Sorenson says:
KtK: This is big, direction-wise, for the USGA. You snooze, you lose. This is news, not a ruse.
11/19/13
 
slimpks1850 says:
I do not like them in a house. I do not like them with a mouse. I do not like them here or there. I do not like them anywhere. I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam-I-am.
11/19/13
 
mmontisano says:
Mike Davis is the Executive Director, not the CEO. Nager wanted to create a CEO kind of position, similar to Dawson at the R&A, and wanted to put himself in that role.
11/19/13
 
falcon50driver says:
So will I be able to hit my drives 30 yards longer? That's about the only thing golfwise that I care about. It's all about me.
11/19/13
 
mustang6560 says:
The quarrels of the 1%...
11/20/13
 
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