Jim King Named 2013 President of the GAO

Jim King of Waterloo, Ontario has been named 2013 President of the Golf Association of Ontario. King, a member at Westmount Golf and Country Club, officially assumed the Presidential role at the GAO’s Annual General Meeting.

King becomes the 12th President of the Golf Association of Ontario, formed in 2001 following amalgamation of the Ontario Ladies’ Golf Association and the Ontario Golf Association.

“I look forward to working with everyone – the Board, our staff, our players, members and volunteers – as we continue in our pursuit of the GAO’s stated mission to preserve the past, build the future, and champion golf’s best interests for everyone who enjoys the sport,” said King.

“It will be critical in the coming years for us to find new sources of revenue, either through membership growth or sponsorship, in order to execute the many programs and new initiatives that are central to the GAO.”

Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, King has been a volunteer with the GAO since 2008, serving on the Finance, Rules and Competitions, Marketing and HR and Compensation committees, while spending countless hours as a tournament starter and Level 3 Rules Official. His passion for the game and commitment to the Association has been evident in all facets of his involvement with the GAO.

After picking up his first club at age 10, King earned several impressive accomplishments as an amateur golfer including the 1974 Manitoba Match Play Championship title and was named 1977 Manitoba Amateur Golfer of the year. In 1977 he also represented the province as a member of Manitoba’s Willingdon Cup Team at the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship.

After receiving his MBA from the University of Manitoba in 1977, King joined BF Goodrich (later Uniroyal Goodrich) becoming VP of Original Equipment Sales before moving to Michelin in 1991. He continued in several sales and marketing roles including General Sales Manager for Bridgestone Canada before becoming President of Tirecraft Commercial in 2003 prior to his retirement in 2007.

A member of Westmount Golf and Country Club in Kitchener since 1988, King has served as Men’s Playing Captain and is a current member of the Golf Executive and Handicap Chair. He took on a leading role as Co-Chair and Director of Finance and Sponsorship when the club hosted the 2009 Canadian Junior Boys’ Championship. King has an affinity for growing the game and regularly champions grassroots and junior development programs at all levels.

As passionate about playing and officiating the game as he is about learning about its history and traditions, King can often be found reading about golf architecture (his favourite designers are Stanley Thompson and Ben Crenshaw), golf travel, and golf history books. King has racked up an impressive eight hole-in-ones over his years in golf, and his extensive knowledge and genuine love for the game of golf make him a great fit to lead the Golf Association of Ontario in 2013. King is an invaluable asset to the Association, and the GAO is proud to welcome him as President.

The GAO would like to thank 2012 President Ian Murray for his commitment and dedication to the role of President over the past year. Murray, a resident of Oakville, Ontario, served as the GAO’s 11th President and will continue to serve on the GAO Board of Directors as Past President. Filling the role of Vice President in 2013 is Christian Osborne of Oakville.