USGA executive director Mike Davis seemed to make headlines this year as much as Tiger, Rory or any other touring professional. Whether it was due to banning the anchored putting stroke or proposing changes to major championship golf courses, Davis became a polarizing figure seemingly overnight.
Earlier this week, Davis penned an open letter to the USGA membership reflecting on his year.
Davis opened the letter by addressing the various championships conducted by the USGA this year, including Webb Simpson's US Open win at the Olympic Club and Steven Fox's victory at the US Amateur. Davis then discussed the association's Tee it Forward campaign which encourages golfers to reconsider the teeboxes they play during a round.
Davis then briefly touched on some of the year's biggest stories in golf, including the anchored stroke ban which he described as "an effort to preserve the traditional character of the golf swing and the challenge of the game."
Finally, Davis discussed the worrisome water shortage many golf courses are experiencing across the country. Davis considers the issue "one of the game's biggest challenges" and will begin working with industry experts to address the problem beginning in 2013.