Courtesy Fairways Magazine
UGA Executive Director Bill Walker

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Golf Association will be looking for a new executive director after current executive director Bill Walker announced Monday he will be leaving for a new position.

Walker, who has been with the UGA since 2011, has been named as the next executive director of the International Association of Golf Administrators (IAGA) based in Philadelphia. He will remain at the UGA until he reports to the IAGA Board of Directors on Dec. 18.

“Words cannot express the gratitude I have for the UGA, our allied golf associations and the Utah golf community for their support of myself and my family during my tenure,” said the 42-year-old Walker in a prepared statement. “I would like to especially recognize the UGA staff, volunteers and board of directors for their friendship and support. The UGA has a fantastic group with an exciting future.”

Under Walker, the UGA made strides in several areas, including doubling the size of the field for the Men’s State Amateur and merging with the Utah Women’s Golf Association in 2012. The Utah Golf Alliance, an advocacy group for golf in Utah, was started under Walker while programs such as Youth on Course and Veterans on Course also began.

The UGA Board of Directors, under newly appointed president Randy Hadfield, has formed a transition team to guide the search for a replacement, who should be named by early 2018.

“I wish Bill well and know he will do a wonderful job for the IAGA,” said Hadfield. “Our association has been very fortunate to have Bill as a part of Utah golf. He has raised the UGA to new heights and will be missed. We look forward to finding someone to fill his position and are confident that person will continue strengthening the UGA in the same manner as Bill Walker.”