Dave Mills is into his final year as executive director of the Golf Association of Ontario after announcing his retirement will begin at the end of January, 2014.
“My time with the (Ontario Golf Association) and the GAO has been a thoroughly rewarding career opportunity,” said Mills.
“I am proud of what our staff and our volunteers across the province have accomplished in making the GAO one of the largest and most successful amateur golf associations in North America,” he added.
“It has come full circle, as my wife Judy and I have now moved back to the Belleville area and have once again joined the Bay of Quinte Golf and Country Club,” he said.
“While I am looking forward to retirement, I am also looking forward to continuing to support the growth of the game of golf in any way that I can contribute,” said Mills.
Mills first became part of the OGA, the predecessor to the GAO, in 1986 when he became Club Representative for the Bay of Quinte Golf and Country Club in Belleville.
His initial involvement with the OGA focused on the growth of junior golf throughout the province, with Mills chairing the OGA’s junior development committee for a number of years prior to joining the association’s board of directors.
After concluding a 27 year career with Ontario Hydro in 1997, Mills became executive director of the OGA and led the Association through amalgamation with the Ontario Ladies Golf Association in 2001 to form the Golf Association of Ontario.
“We are very appreciative and thankful for Dave’s tremendous dedication and effort over the past 27 years,” said GAO president Jim King.
“It will be business as usual throughout the 2013 season as we proceed with the difficult search to replace Dave,” he added.
“It is important for us to find the right individual, so the GAO can continue on the strategic path we have set in place in support of our members, athletes, volunteers and staff,” said King.