While the USGA has normally had the Nomination Committee bring about its slate of officers – most notably a president – and Executive Committee candidates in early fall, the 2015 process has proved different. No such nominations have been announced as of yet, but unnamed sources told Golf Digest that these will be put forth on Monday.
According to the report, the big news will be Murphy's nomination as president, as she'll join Judy Bell (1996-97) as the only women to ever hold this role in the organization's 121-year history. Murphy's husband Reg actually preceded Bell as USGA president from 1994-95.
Diana Murphy is in her fifth year on the USGA's Executive Committee and is serving her second year as vice president. She'll officially take over the president post from Thomas J. O'Toole, Jr., next February when the formal vote of the membership takes place at the Annual Meeting in San Diego.
Beyond her Executive Committee experience and spousal ties to the president position, Murphy has managed several enterprises in her career.
The St. Simons Island, Ga., resident is currently the managing director of Rocksolid Holdings LLC, a private equity firm dealing with small business and real estate in the Southeast, as well as managing director of the Georgia Research Alliance Venture Fund. Murphy also serves on the Georgia Research Alliance Venture Fund board, as well as being among the public and private boards of directors at CTS Corporation, Landstar System Inc. and Coastal Bank of Georgia.
Murphy was managing director of Chartwell Capital Management Company, a private equity firm in Jacksonville, Fla., for 11 years and spent 15 years in publishing as a senior vice president of The Baltimore Sun Company.
This past year, Murphy chaired the USGA's Championship and Compensation Committees, while also serving on the Audit and Corporate Partners Committees.