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Saturday, November 10, 2018

History

Well, it's official. Suzy Whaley is the first-ever female president of the PGA of America.

New PGA officers Jim Richerson, Suzy Whaley and John Lindert

Actually, that's just one of a lot of firsts Suzy has done. You can get a more complete listing in this PGA announcement -- as well as info on the other two new officers -- and there's a link in that announcement to her bio (which is loaded with her accomplishments) but here's a few of her more notable achievements:
  • first woman to serve as a PGA Officer in the roles of PGA President, Vice President and Secretary
  • first woman since Babe Zaharias in 1945 to qualify for a PGA Tour event (the 2003 Greater Hartford Open)
  • first PGA of America female professional to win the Connecticut PGA Championship
  • first person to represent both the Connecticut and South Florida PGA Sections as PGA President
Ironically, she's the 41st President of the PGA of America. I say it's ironic because the 41st President of the United States of America is George H.W. Bush. He was named after his grandfather George Herbert Walker, who was President of the USGA in 1920 and started the Walker Cup. And of course his son, George W. Bush (often just referred to as "W") was the 43rd President of the US and also very involved with golf.

I won't be surprised if they start referring to Suzy as just "W" before it's all over. Congratulations, Madame President!

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