Ashland native Tom Cooksey has been named President of the Kentucky Golf Association.
Making contributions to golf statewide for much of his life, Cooksey, in his late 60s, will take the reins in January 2013.
The KGA board of directors elected Cooksey for the position late last month. The organization is part of Golf House Kentucky.
“Tom Cooksey is a great ambassador for the game of golf and works hard to promote the game here in Kentucky,” said Golf House Kentucky Executive Director Steve McMillen. “He will be a proactive leader with the golfer always coming first.”
Cooksey has been a member of the association’s board of directors since 1984 and was appointed to the Golf House Kentucky board of directors in 2011.
Cooksey, a retired FAA air traffic controller with 35 years of service, has given an inordinate amount of time and effort to golf.
He and his wife, Pat, founded the Eastern Kentucky Junior Golf Association in 2008. It’s been highly successful under his leadership.
Cooksey is also a co-founder of the NRP AJGA Bluegrass Junior Championship, a national junior event held annually at Bellefonte Country Club.
A certified Rules of Golf official since 1984, Cooksey serves as a member of the USGA Junior Championship Committee and has officiated numerous amateur, professional, collegiate and junior golf events in Kentucky.
Cooksey’s sentiments towards golf drives his involvement.
“It’s a personal relationship with the game of golf,” Cooksey said during an EKJGA event in July. “When you find something that enriches your life, something that you enjoy, you are happy to give back.”
Other KGA officers elected at the annual meeting were Jimmy Riddle as Vice President, Jim Wells as Secretary/Treasurer and Brandon Neal as Honorary President.
The KGA is comprised of over 200 member clubs and courses throughout Kentucky.