The Utah Section PGA congratulates Easton Folster on being named the new Utah Golf Association executive director. We are excited to work with him and continue our solid relationship with the UGA.
Sept. 20, 2022, Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah Golf Association (UGA) President Brian Hulse has announced Utah native Easton Folster as the new executive director effective immediately.
Folster fills the executive director position left vacant with Jacob Miller’s move earlier this year to the United States Golf Association as a regional director.
Hulse said, “The Utah Golf Association has a long history of excellence maintained by the commitment and dedication of its board members, volunteers and many talented executive directors. We are pleased to have Easton Folster continue that tradition as our new executive director. Our board and executive committee are excited about the future possibilities that Easton promises to bring to the UGA. His relationships with other stakeholders in Utah golf are an invaluable asset as we strive to meet the challenges faced by our organization and the game of golf in the coming years.”
Folster joined the UGA in February of 2018 as the director of rules and competitions, a position he held until 2022 when he became the assistant executive director under Miller.
Miller said, “Easton has been a great addition to the UGA team since he started in 2018. He has a passion for the game and the Utah golf community. It is wonderful to see him get the opportunity and he will be an excellent leader for the UGA for many years to come.“
Born and raised in Mapleton, Utah, Folster is a graduate of Springville High School. Prior to joining the UGA, Folster spent three years as the director of rules and competitions for the Sun Country Amateur Golf Association in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
Prior to his golf industry career Folster attended Brigham Young University before earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish from Campbell University in North Carolina. Less than two years later, Folster earned a Master of Professional Studies Degree in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.. During his time in graduate school, Easton worked in the athletic departments at both Georgetown University and George Washington University.
Folster discovered his passion for the golf business while working at the Virginia State Golf Association as a USGA Boatwright intern before accepting a full-time position with the Sun Country Amateur Golf Association.
Folster said, “I am honored to be selected as executive director of the Utah Golf Association. When I look at those that have come before me, I am humbled to follow the legacy they have established. The Utah golf community is strong and enjoys a cohesion not seen in many states. I look forward to collaborating with Utah’s allied golf organizations’ leadership to build upon important established traditions, while creating new ones. It will be important to me that the game remains accessible to the greater population of Utah, while looking for ways to introduce the game to new golfers. It is my hope that my time as executive director is remembered for expansion, inclusion, and community outreach.
ABOUT THE UTAH GOLF ASSOCIATION: The Utah Golf Association is dedicated to growing and protecting amateur golf in Utah. The UGA provides its membership with official United States Golf Association handicapping services and conducts Utah’s amateur golf championships. The UGA is a 501(c)(7) not-for-profit organization whose objective is to promote interest in amateur golf without regard to race, color, or creed and to engage in educational and good will activities that grow the game. The UGA is recognized as a regional golf association of the USGA and as such conducts all local USGA qualifiers.