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Tom Jansa of Sioux Falls has been named the new executive director of the South Dakota Golf Association. He replaces Wade Merry, executive director since 2005, who resigned earlier this summer. Merv Bouchie, President of the SDGA, said the Association was fortunate in having an exceptionally strong field of candidates, but that Jansa emerged as the top candidate after a series of interviews. “Tom has the skills and the background we were looking for in an executive director. His passion for the game, his enthusiasm for the position, and his desire to lead and to spread the SDGA’s message to all stakeholders in South Dakota impressed us all. We are very excited to have him as our new executive director.”


"I am honored to have been selected as the next Executive Director of the SDGA,” Jansa said. “I look forward to working with the Board, member courses, sponsors, and golfers to grow the great game of golf in South Dakota." 


Jansa has an extensive golfing background. He began his professional career as an assistant golf professional at Elmwood Golf Course in Sioux Falls in 1987. Along with Terry Comstock, he formed Dakota Golf Management in 1995, the firm that managed all golf operations at the Elmwood, Kuehn Park, and Prairies Green golf courses in Sioux Falls from 1995 until 2017. In 2015, Jansa became the head coach for both the boys and girls golf teams at O’Gorman High School in Sioux Falls, winning two Boys State Championships and two Girls State Championships in three seasons. He is also a Recognized Coach of The First Tee.


Jansa will begin his new duties on October 1.