As is customary heading into every new year, the World Golf Foundation has named its new board and chairman for the 2017 year. The foundation has decided to replace outgoing chairman and recently retired PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem with current LPGA TOUR Commissioner Mike Whan.
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— Global Golf Post (@GlobalGolfPost) January 5, 2017
For those who are unfamiliar with the World Golf Foundation, it is a non-profit organization that enhances the game of golf around the world. Their job is to create initiatives that enhance the growth of the game and create more opportunity to learn the game of golf worldwide.
Some of the initiatives that the foundation oversees are the World Golf Hall of Fame, The First Tee, and GOLF 20/20. The World Golf Foundation was also instrumental in helping bring golf back as an official sport in the Olympics.
The WGF was founded in 1993 and is supported by international golf organizations and Tours.
Whan looks to be a strong pick to chair the foundation in 2017 when examining his success as LPGA Tour Commissioner. Since assuming that role in 2010, Whan has overseen one of the longest running and most successful women’s sports organizations in the world. As commissioner, he has enhanced business relationships and increased international exposure to the LPGA TOUR. This has resulted in immense growth for the Tour and brought in new global audiences.
In 2017, under Whan’s leadership, the LPGA TOUR has 35 scheduled events and a record $67.35 million in prize money.
Whan sounds excited to take over his new role stating, “It is an honor to serve World Golf Foundation and I look forward to continued collaboration among golf’s leading organizations,” in a released statement. He also hopes to continue the progress the World Golf Foundation has made saying, “We made impressive strides as an industry in 2016 by bringing golf back to the Olympics; our momentum is strong heading into 2017.”
While Whan will be leading the foundation into the new year, he will be joined on the foundation’s board by several big names, such as PGA of America CEO Pete Bevacqua, USGA executive director Mike Davis, new PGA TOUR commissioner Jay Monahan, Masters executive director Will Jones, European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley, and R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers.
Together, this group looks to enhance the game of golf around the world and continue the great work of the World Golf Foundation.
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