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Canadian chief steps down after 18 years

Stephen Ross stepped down Friday after 18 years as executive director of the Royal Canadian Golf Association.

The RCGA said its executive committee recommended that Ross step aside and he agreed to do so. Ross spent 30 years with the association.

"The RCGA has been my passion for so many years, but I just felt that at this stage in my life and my family's life that it was time for me to step aside," Ross said.

The RCGA said chief operating officer Rick Desrochers has been appointed CEO and will take over the association's leadership. He will assist the executive committee in the search for a new executive director.

Ross worked as director of amateur competitions and director of rules and amateur status before becoming executive director. He will assist the RCGA during the transition period.

"While we understand that change plays a significant role in any successful organization, I can say wholeheartedly that it is difficult to see Stephen leave the RCGA," RCGA president Garry West said. "His passion for golf and tireless commitment in both leading the RCGA and helping to grow the game in the country is unparalleled.

"As we prepare to embark on the next chapter of the RCGA's storied history, we thank Stephen for his many contributions and wish him the best of success in his future endeavors."

March 13, 2007


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