Jay Fox, Executive Director of the Arkansas State Golf Association and co-host of Arkansas Fairways & Greens on the Arkansas Radio Network was elected national President of the International Association of Golf Administrators (IAGA) on November 13, 2013 at their annual meeting in Destin, Florida.
As Executive Director of the Arkansas State Golf Association (ASGA), Fox has served in that position since 1991.
He is a two-term past president and former board member of the Mid-South Golf Association, and also won the associations’ Mid-South Mid-Amateur in 2003 and 2005 – competing against amateurs in six southern states.
As a member of the International Association of Golf Administrators (IAGA), comprised of staff members from state and regional golf associations, Canada, Puerto Rico, Scotland and Sweden, he has won the IAGA Championship 10 times.
Fox was named the ASGA Player of the Year in 1983 and 1989 and has won more than 50 ASGA Designated Tournaments.
A native of Bald Knob, Arkansas, he earned both a Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE) and Master of Science in Education (MSE) degree from the University of Central Arkansas, where he was a two-time AIC Champion. In 2008, Fox was the first golfer inducted into the UCA Sports Hall of Fame.
As Executive Director of the ASGA, Fox helped to establish new programs and services including the Arkansas Golf Hall of Fame and Junior Girls Player of the Year; Mid-Senior & Super-Senior Players of the Year; and the “Golf the Natural State” license plate to help raise money for junior golf. He is a former board member of The First Tee of Central Arkansas, Jack Stephens Youth Golf Academy.
The IAGA is a growing body of golf administrators welcoming amateur golf associations from across the globe.
The association was formed in 1968 to promote and conserve the best interests and the true spirit of the game of golf as embodied in its ancient and honorable traditions. With those pursuits in mind, the IAGA serves as a medium for golf administrators to exchange information, techniques and other data relating to the game of golf and establish channels of communication among all of the world’s golfing fraternities.
Members are golf administrators of state and regional amateur golf associations and other invited national golf-related organizations. These administrators manage the affairs of their respective golf associations in various capacities. The IAGA has members from the United States Golf Association, Golf Canada, and most of the state and provincial golf associations throughout North America. Administrators from several other countries hold memberships as well.
The IAGA holds its annual meeting in early November. A host of IAGA members and guest speakers make presentations on golf-related topics. Breakout sessions allow members to interact and discuss specific problems in their field, and a new Board of Directors is elected during the business meeting.