Broomall, PA. (November 18, 2011) - David Fay, former executive director of the United States Golf Association (USGA), was honored with the International Association of Golf Administrators' Distinguished Service Award (DSA) at the 45th IAGA Annual Meeting at Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina. Jay Mottola, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Golf Association, presented the award to his lifelong friend. The award recognizes individuals who embody the IAGA mission to “conserve the best interests and true spirit of the game.”
David B. Fay was born in 1950 in New York City and is a 1972 English and Political Science graduate of Colgate University, where he was a member of the varsity golf team. Fay was the communications director at the Metropolitan (N.Y.) Golf Association from 1976-78 before joining the United States Golf Association in 1978 as tournament relations manager. He became director, program management in 1981.
In December of 1987, he was named assistant executive director and upon Frank Hannigan's resignation in November, 1988, Fay was named acting executive director. He assumed the executive direction position in July, 1989. Fay also served as joint secretary of the International Golf Federation (IGF), beginning in 1991. Fay also served as Chairman of the World Golf Foundation in 2008. He has worked with the Rules of Golf, the USGA Member Program, and USGA Championship administration.
He recently retired after 22 years as the executive director of the USGA and 33 years as a member of the USGA staff, and now resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with his wife, Joan. They have two adult daughters, Katie and Molly.
Fay is the 18th recipient to be honored with the Distinguished Service Award, joining Dick Horton (2010), Tom Morgan (2009), Steve Mona (2008), Jim Fraser (2007), Larry Adamson (2006), Denny Davenport (2005); Tony Zirpoli (2004); Warren Simmons (2003); Bob Hanna (2002); Hale B. Van Hoy, Jr. (2001); Richard Haskell (2000); Judy Bell (1998); Carol McCue (1997); Marshall Dann (1995); Newell Pinch (1993); Warren Rebholz (1992); C. Grant Spaeth (1991).