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USGA Taps John Bodenhammer for Key Rules Post

Far Hills, N.J. (June 9, 2011) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) has announced that John Bodenhamer will join the Association as the senior managing director of Rules, Competitions & Amateur Status.The new position will include oversight of the competition side of the USGA’s national championships. Bodenhamer will report to USGA Executive Director Mike Davis and will work very closely with USGA Managing Director of Rules & Competitions Jeff Hall.“I am thrilled that John will be joining our staff,” said Davis. “He brings a vast amount of experience and knowledge to the USGA, and his background in golf administration will be an incredible asset to the Association.”Bodenhamer, 49, has served as the CEO and executive director of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association since 1990, the CEO and executive director of the Washington State Golf Association since 1992, and executive director of the Pacific Coast Golf Association since 1998. He also serves as the CEO for The Home Course in DuPont, Wash., which served as the second stroke-play course for the 2010 U.S. Amateur Championship at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash. Bodenhamer has served on a variety of USGA committees over the years, including the Regional Associations Committee, the Amateur Status Committee and the Handicap Procedure Committee. He served as president of the International Association of Golf Administrators in 2000-01 and currently sits on 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 1988 to 1990. Bodenhamer, who earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Brigham Young University, was a member of the Cougars’ golf team that won the Division I national team title in 1981. He won both the Pacific Northwest Junior Championship and Washington State Junior Championship in 1978 and the Washington State Amateur in 1981. He is a two-time Alaska State Open champion, in 1987 and 1988, and has played in two U.S. Amateurs, in 1984 and 1985.Bodenhamer and his wife Pam have two teenage children, John Jr. and Megan.