Palm Beach Gardens resident and long-time veteran of the golf community Suzy Whaley has added another achievement to her extensive resume; she is officially the first woman ever elected to serve as an Officer of the PGA of America. PGA Master Professional Suzy Whaley was elected as the 41st President of the PGA of America at the Association’s 102nd Annual Meeting on November 9th, 2018.
This title certainly doesn’t come as a surprise from PGA President Whaley, as she most recently served two years as Vice President, and two years as PGA Secretary. She is also the PGA Owner of Suzy Whaley Golf, and the PGA Director of Instruction at the Country Club of Mirasol in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. A member of the Connecticut and South Florida PGA Sections, she is the first person to represent both of these Sections as PGA President.
Recognized as one of the country’s top instructors, Whaley enjoyed a five-year tenure at Jim Flick Golf Schools, before becoming the Head Golf Professional at Blue Fox Run in Avon, Connecticut,
in 2002. From 2004-06, she worked as an LPGA golf commentator for ESPN, and began her own instruction and coaching business, Suzy Whaley Golf, after ESPN. Whaley's resume includes numerous teaching awards including: Golf Digest Top 50 Instructor, LPGA Top 50 Instructor, Connecticut PGA Two-Time Teacher of the Year, Golf Digest State Teacher of the Year 10 times,
U.S. Kids Golf Master Kids Teacher, PGA Master Professional, five-time PGA Jr. League National Finals Coach, and has instructed more than 300 children to collegiate golf.
After becoming the first PGA of America woman professional to win the Connecticut PGA Championship, Whaley was an LPGA Tour member in 1990 and 1993. A dual member of the PGA of America and LPGA Teaching Club Professional division, she then famously qualified and participated in the 2003 Greater Hartford Open, becoming the first woman since Babe Zaharias in 1945 to qualify for the PGA Tour event.
“Serving the nearly 29,000 PGA Professionals as PGA President is the honor of a lifetime and my way of saying thank you for all the PGA of America has given me,” said Whaley. “I may be the first woman to serve as President, but first, I’m a PGA Professional, and I am incredibly excited by the opportunities that lie ahead. I look forward to helping advance the careers of our Members, by highlighting the profound impact PGA Professionals have as coaches, in operations and sales, and as executives. We’re committed to exploring innovative new approaches to coaching that deliver the experience today’s consumer is seeking.
“Together, we aim to invite everyone to join a game they can play for a lifetime, so our courses more closely resemble the communities we serve. I am grateful for the trust our Membership has placed in me, and I Iook forward to pursuing these opportunities with optimism, purpose and joy.”
A 1989 graduate of the University of North Carolina with a Bachelor’s Degree in economics, Whaley and her husband, Bill, are both PGA Members. Bill is the National Director of Golf for the PGA Tour Properties Division. They have two daughters, Jennifer and Kelly.
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