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David Graham, executive director of the Golf Association of Michigan since 2001, announced this week that he will retire, effective June 30, 2019.

During his tenure, Graham is credited with taking over a GAM that was in financial peril and getting the books on much more solid footing.

He is the longest-serving executive director in the history of GAM, founded in 1919.

“David started with the GAM some 17 years ago when the organization was struggling and deeply in debt,” GAM president John Barbour said in a news release. “The search committee then had the good sense to look outside the golf industry for a business executive with a strong marketing background.

“Today, the strength of the GAM is a testament to that decision, and to the leadership capabilities David has demonstrated.”

The GAM, which includes a membership of more than 55,000 golfers and more than 400 courses, is responsible for rating golf courses’ slope and maintaining golfers’ official handicaps, as well as hosting qualifying and championship tournaments, among other responsibilities.

“I have met so many fine people involved with the game of golf and I truly appreciate them all,” Graham said in the release. “It is hard to believe how quickly the time has passed.

“We have succeeded on many fronts to place the GAM in a very stable situation. I look forward to working with our search committee to identify and hire the next GAM executive director and I am committed to be available as requested to provide ongoing counsel and support.

“It has truly been a great adventure!”

In more GAM news, Jeanne Myers, a Michigan Golf Hall-of-Famer, was presented the Distinguished Service Award this week. She’s in her 35th year with the GAM, the first 22 as a volunteer and a rules official, the last 12 as a full-time staffer. She is preparing for retirement, but still will work as a staff member two days a week and as a volunteer three days a week.

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