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Miami alum elected Chairman of Western Golf Association

Joe Desch, who earned a degree in Marketing from Miami in 1984, was named the Western Golf Association’s (WGA) 69th Chairman last month. 

Desch will lead one of the country’s oldest golf organizations. The WGA puts on six tournaments a year — including the BMW Championship, a part of the FedEx Cup Playoffs — and administers the Evans Scholars Program, which last year sent 1070 students to 21 universities (including Miami) for free. 

“I’m honored by the opportunity to lead the WGA, an organization that has been a significant part of my family’s life,” Desch said. “It has not only been transformative in the lives of countless young men and women, but also in the game of golf. Our prestigious championships are best-in-class, and the Evans Scholars Foundation continues to provide life-changing opportunities for thousands of caddies, just as it did for me and my brothers.”

Desch, a Cincinnati native, got his start caddying at Dayton Country Club and attended Miami as an Evans Scholar himself. He hopes to expand the Program and to get more young people interested in caddying during his two year term.