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Elected: Mark Newell, to a one-year term as president of the U.S. Golf Association. Newell, of McLean, Va., will oversee the 15-member Executive Committee, which provides direction to the USGA’s management and staff. Also at the USGA’s annual meeting in Miami Beach, Fla., the association announced a formal transition from the USGA Members Program, which dates to 1975, into a newly formed USGA Foundation. The foundation has been set up for golfers to contribute to the USGA, which is tax exempt as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Early last year, Morning Read correspondent Adam Schupak reported the pending demise of the Members Program (“USGA will scrap its Members Program, sources say,” Feb. 15). At the time, USGA spokeswoman Janeen Driscoll said, “The USGA has no intention of eliminating the Members Program.”