As a fellow southern Californian, I know Jim Vernon a bit and frankly I am surprised he was able to ascend to the presidency of the United States Golf Association.
Because he's intelligent, considerate, friendly, passionate about the game, knows his golf history, is an astute observer of golf architecture and appears forward thinking, yet respects the game's past.
All attributes lacking in recent USGA presidents.
He's the perfect guy to right the ship, if it hasn't already sunk yet.
Oh, and note that he waited to have his presidency announced after the USGA's fall executive committee meeting, whereas the previous president prematurely announced his ascention in July of the previous year, rendering the then current president and purported friend a lame duck. So Jim's already got a leg up.