Jay Fox Elected as 2014 IAGA President
BROOMALL, Pennsylvania (November 18, 2013) – Jay N. Fox, 54, Executive Director of the Arkansas State Golf Association, was elected President of the International Association of Golf Administrators (IAGA) during the 47th IAGA Annual Meeting held in Destin, FL November 10-13.
Fox was introduced to the game by his father at the age of five and went on to a successful career in college at the University of Central Arkansas, where he earned both a Bachelors (BSE) & Masters (MSE) Degree. Fox found further success in the Arkansas amateur ranks. He is a two-time Arkansas State Golf Association Player of the Year and has won more than 50 individual tournaments. In 2008, Fox became the first golfer inducted into the University of Central Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Arkansas Golf Hall of Fame in 2009.
Fox has competed on the national and international level. He has played in eight USGA championships, including a trip to the quarterfinals in the 1992 Amateur Public Links, and he is a two-time runner-up in the Carlos Raffo Cup in Lima, Peru. He also has won the IAGA Championship 10 times in 23 attempts.
Fox was elected to the Arkansas State Golf Association Board (ASGA) of Directors in 1986. When Charles “Monk” Wade (ASGA Executive Director, 1975-1990) announced his retirement, Fox was encouraged to apply for the position. He began his duties in January 1991 and under his tenure, the ASGA has grown from one full-time employee to four, has seen significant individual and club membership growth, and the budget quadrupled.
In his spare time, Fox officiated football for 20 years and basketball for 30 on both the high school and collegiate level in Arkansas. The latter is a passion that he learned from his father. After retiring from officiating in 2007, Fox was inducted into the Arkansas Officials Association Hall of Fame.
“This is a tremendous honor for me and the ASGA,” Fox said. “Mr. Wade encouraged me to get active in the IAGA and I never imagined the opportunity to lead as President.” Fox will represent the IAGA at various regional and national meetings in 2014. A four-term past president of the Mid-South Golf Association where he served as a Board Member for 12 years, Fox is also on the USGA Regional Affairs Committee, Senior Amateur Championship Committee and is a past Board Member of the First Tee of Central Arkansas.
Also elected as IAGA Board Members were Rob Addington of the Texas Golf Association (Vice-President), Kevin Heaney of the Southern California Golf Association (Secretary), Barb Trammell of the Oregon Golf Association (Treasurer), Craig Loughry of the Golf Association of Ontario (Member-At-Large), and Mary Pomroy of the Arizona Women's Golf Association (Member-At-Large).