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Golf News (posted 13th November 1998)

Taylor renominated as USGA president

Far Hills, New Jersey - F. Morgan "Buzz" Taylor of Hobe Sound, Fla., has been nominated for a second one-year term as president of the United States Golf Association during 1999.

The election of officers and the full 16-member USGA Executive Committee will take place on Saturday, Feb. 6, 1999, at the USGA's Annual Meeting in Clearwater, Fla.

A 1953 graduate of Princeton (N.J.) University, Taylor, 67, is chairman of Aqua Vac Systems, Inc., in West Palm Beach, Fla., a manufacturer of commercial and residential swimming pool cleaning machines. He has been with the company since 1981.

Taylor first joined the USGA Executive Committee in 1986. He has served as treasurer (1992-1993), secretary (1994), and vice president (1995-1997) prior to becoming president last year.

Taylor will lead the volunteer Executive Committee in directing the Association's professional staff and more than 1,200 volunteers who serve on more than 30 committees.

Other officers renominated for one-year terms are: Dr. Trey Holland of Indianapolis, Inc., and Reed K. Mackenzie of Chaska, Minn., as vice presidents; Peter W. James of Pacific Palisades, Calif., as secretary; and Fred S. Ridley of Tampa, Fla., as treasurer.

Ten others were renominated to the Executive Committee for another year while one individual has been nominated for a first term.

Returning members include: O. Gordon Brewer Jr. of Huntingdon Valley, Pa.; Paul D. Caruso Jr. of Helena, Mont.; C. McDonald England III of Huntington, W.Va.; Eric Gleacher of New York, N.Y.; Merton B. Goode of San Francisco, Calif.; Frederick C. Hickle of Tucson, Ariz.; S. Timothy Kilty of Bay Village, Ohio; John D. O'Neill of North Palm Beach, Fla.; H. Winfield Padgett Jr. of Dallas, Texas; and Carol Semple Thompson of Sewickley, Pa.

Walter W. Driver Jr. of Atlanta, Ga., has been nominated to serve his first one-year term on the Executive Committee. Driver has served as general counsel to the Executive Committee for the past two years. He is a partner in the Atlanta law firm of King & Spalding.

John W. Vardaman of Washington, D.C., has been nominated to serve a one-year term as general counsel to the Executive Committee, succeeding Driver. A 1962 graduate of Washington & Lee (Va.) University, Vardaman earned his J.D. degree in 1965 at Harvard University. He is a senior partner in the Washington law firm of Williams & Connolly.

Retiring from the Executive Committee is Leroy Richie of Detroit, Mich., who has served the Committee both as general counsel (1992-1996) and as a member (1997-1998).