The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 12, 2014

Ullman named W.Va. Golf Association executive director


From Staff Reports

CHARLESTON — Brad Ullman has been named as the new Executive Director of the West Virginia Golf Association. Ullman accepted the position this last weekend and will begin his duties effective immediately.

Ullman began at the WVGA with a P.J. Boatwright Internship in 2007 before becoming a fulltime employee of the Association in 2008. He was Director of Junior Golf and, most recently, the Director of Operations.

“In order for us to grow, we need to concentrate on serving those who have been historically underserved in our industry, particularly women golfers,” said Ullman. “We want to help grow that and sustain the future of girls golf  in our state. It’s a challenge that we are willing to accept.”

Ullman, a 2007 graduate of Fairmont State University, is entering his eighth year with the WVGA under the guidance of former Executive Director Ken Tackett. Tackett accepted a position as a Tournament Official for the PGA Tour, beginning Jan. 1 of 2014. The WVGA immediately began a nationwide search to fill the position.

“This is what I’ve wanted to do,” Ullman said. “I’m surrounded by good people and have had great training from people like Larry Martin and Ken Tackett. We have a great team in place and I look forward to building upon that and working closely with our Executive Committee and staff to ensure the future success of our organization,” he said.

The WVGA serves 11,000 members and conducts 14 state championships every year including the West Virginia Amateur Championship, held annually at The Greenbrier Resort. The 2014 schedule also includes the West Virginia Open Championships, which returns to the Cobb Course at The Resort at Glade Springs.

Most recently, the WVGA has taken on administrative rights to The First Tee of WV. “This is possibly the best thing we have going,” said Ullman, “Our goal is to have character development, and The First Tee in every single school in West Virginia by 2020. It is a lofty goal, but we have a team prepared to tackle that task.”

The First Tee of WV currently has green grass programming in the summer at Charleston’s Coonskin Park, Brier Patch Golf Links in Beckley, Locust Hill Golf Club in Charles Town, Minibel Golf Course in Parkersburg, as well as programming at Mountaineer Golf Course in Morgantown and Bel Meadow Golf Club in Clarksburg.

The WVGA also oversees the Callaway Junior Tour, the Wendy’s Amateur Tour and the Senior Series.  The WVGA also works closely with The Greenbrier Classic, West Virginia PGA, as well as the West Virginia Golf Course Superintendents Association.