WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States Golf Association’s president said he won’t seek re-election in 2019 because he believes President Donald Trump is “in the way.”
John Schafer, who was elected in 2014, told USA TODAY that he was going to seek reëlection in 2019 and has been doing so for some time.
Schafer told the Associated Press that the United States needs to make sure it can have the most important events in the country.
“We’ve had too many elections,” Schafer said.
“And it’s the time of the year when everybody wants to get back to business.
If I don’t get re-elected, I’ll be at least doing something else.”
Schafer is the first president to leave the board of the association since the election of its first black president, Barbara Lee.
Schafers departure is likely to set back USGA and the effort to expand the event beyond its current footprint in Washington, D.C.
It will also be the first time the USGA has elected a black president in its history, although the U.S.GA has long hosted events in some states that are not exclusively held by white people.
Schaffers resignation follows an announcement that former presidents Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter will not be re-enacting a historic visit to the United Kingdom in 2019.
The two former presidents have both endorsed Trump, and Carter was in attendance at the inauguration.
The United States has not hosted an event at the PGA Championship since the U,S.
S, Augusta National Golf Club was relocated to the site of the former site of Augusta National Park in 2002.
In a statement Friday, the PSA said Schafer would not attend a ceremony to honor the 100th anniversary of the U-S-A.
The PGA said the decision was made after extensive consideration and review.
“John has been an outstanding president of the USG since being appointed in 2014 and has served us well over the past 10 years,” the PPA said in the statement.
“I am proud of the outstanding work he has done as president of our national governing body, the USPG, which has resulted in record profits for the UnitedSGA and a thriving golf and tennis community throughout the country.”USGA president-elect John Schafers resignation.
USA TODAY / AP file USGA president John Schaffers is the only African-American to serve on the PPGA Tour.
In his resignation letter, Schafer told USA Today that he had “been an integral part of the PPSG since its inception” and that he is “heartbroken” that the board has chosen to pass along his resignation.
Schaffer said that he and his wife are looking forward to the 2018 PGA season, but said that the “political winds” have changed.
He also said he hopes to continue serving the golf community and the United State in the future.
Schaffe said he was asked to resign after a discussion with Trump about the upcoming PGA Tour.
Schiffers resignation comes after the USAG announced that it had agreed to expand a new PGA course in Georgia.
The move came as part of a $1.8 billion deal with Atlanta-based Bridgestone Arena.
That deal was finalized in October and was expected to bring the Patels to Georgia.
Schofers retirement is likely the first step in a broader overhaul of USGA, which Schafars election will help to bring about.
In February, USGA President David Boren said the association was ready to make changes to address the way its events were run.
The change would involve a more active role for the board and a greater role for people who were in the organization during the Trump administration, Boren told USA NOW.USGA President-elect Dave Schafer.
AP fileSchafer said the board would be taking the steps necessary to make the PATEls even more accessible and enjoyable.
Schafi told the AP that he did not think it was appropriate to be in the position of advising the president of a governing body.
He said he has a “great deal of respect” for Boren and that the decision to make that move was the right one.
“He has done a great job.
He’s done a good job in a very short time, and it’s not a good time to be running something,” Schafer told the newspaper.
The decision to retire comes at a time when the US Golf Association is facing a number of challenges.
It is facing major challenges in its fundraising and fundraising efforts to fund major events.
The PGA tour has been losing money and revenue.
The USGA is also grappling with a series of legal challenges related to its tax exemption and fundraising.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.