Confirming reports that surfaced over the weekend, the USGA has officially announced that Diana M. Murphy will be the organization’s next president, effective as of the USGA’s annual meeting Feb. 6, 2016.
Murphy is only the second woman to be nominated as president of the USGA, following Judy Bell’s tenure in 1996 and 1997. The 59-year-old St. Simons Island, Ga., resident will succeed current USGA president Thomas J. O’Toole Jr., and will serve a one-year term in the position.
A member of the USGA executive committee for nearly five years, Murphy is also the managing director of Rocksolid Holdings, LLC, as well as the Georgia Research Alliance Venture Fund. Murphy graduated from West Virginia in 1978 and earned her advanced executive business degree from Northwestern. She has also served as the managing director of Chartwell Capital Management Company and senior vice president of The Baltimore Sun Company.
As for her golf expertise, Murphy’s involvement with the USGA dates back to January of 1994, when her husband Reg Murphy was elected president of the organization. Diana Murphy became a member of the organization’s membership committee in 1996. From there she became a member of the executive committee in 2011 and went on to chair the commercial, compensation, finance and U.S. Senior Amateur Championship committees. She has also served as treasurer and vice president of the USGA.
Murphy is also heavily involved in the community, serving on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia for nearly 10 years. She's also a member of the College of Coastal Georgia's executive committee and helped guide the school during its transition from a two-year to four-year school.