The Georgia State Golf Association(GSGA) announced Matt Williams as its new Executive Director and will begin his official duties with the Association November 16, 2014. He is replacing Martha Kirouac who will be retiring at the end of 2014. The mission of the GSGA, a non-profit entity, is to promote and preserve the tradition and integrity of golf in Georgia and enhance it’s enjoyment.
In his new role, Williams will oversee the GSGA staff of 13, which carries out the various services to their 350 member golf clubs and 73,000 golfers across Georgia. As Executive Director, he will be charged with developing a strategic plan that adapts to golf’s changing climate, identifying creative ways to grow the game of golf in Georgia, and leading collaborative efforts among the diverse organizations in the Georgia golf community.
“We could not be more excited about Matt becoming our Executive Director,” said GSGA President Chuck Palmer. “Matt is highly regarded for his dynamic and innovative leadership. We know that golfers throughout the Peach State will benefit from his passion for the game and vision for the future.”
Matt comes to the GSGA from the Kansas City Golf Association, a regional association headquartered in Shawnee where he has been E. D. since 2012. Prior to KCGA, he spent seven years with the Sun Country Golf House in Alburquerque, New Mexico which is the combined entity that governs both amateur and the PGA Section in New Mexico and West Texas. He was the Manager at the Sonoma Golf Club in Las Cruces, New Mexico after his years of playing golf at Kansas State University. He is still a very competitive player, having played in 15 different amateur USGA National Championships.
“I am honored to be selected to lead one of the premier golf associations in the country,” said Williams. “Golf begins and ends in Georgia. We will work hard to honor and build upon those traditions. As a father of two young daughters, the future of the game is vitally important to me.”
Founded in 1916, The Georgia State Golf Association has grown to one of the largest state amateur associations in the country, offering a computerized handicapping service, course ratings and measuring, administering the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame in Augusta and annually conducts a full schedule of competitions for men and women of all ages. Other programs include a summer-long junior development schedule, the award wining GolfGeorgia magazine and a charitable foundation administering college scholarship programs. To learn more or to join, please visit www.GSGA.org.