Whenever a United States Golf Association champions rolls into town, and steps foot on the Gold Mountain Golf Complex, Bremerton’s Frank Horton is right in the middle of it.
The longtime rules official, who served as tournament chairman for the 2006 U.S. Amateur Public Links and 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur. will now serve in a new capacity starting in 2013 – the president of the Washington State Golf Association.
“The game is much different today than it was in the past,” Horton said. “Trends are showing that many decisions won’t be easy to make. That is why I would like to devote my term to developing a strategic plan by gathering as much information as possible to make data-based decisions. In addition to input from golfers and club (representatives), I want to reach out to the folks who run the fabulous courses in Washington to find out what the WSGA can do to help them grow the game of golf and be successful. Their success is our success.”
Horton, a former mechanical engineer in Bremerton’s Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, was on the WSGA board of directors starting in 2001. From 2005-2010, he was the association’s secretary. He is also a member of the PNGA hall of fame.