The PGA of America has found its new leading man.
Peter Bevacqua, 41, has been offered the job as PGA of America’s chief executive officer, two sources close to the decision told Golfweek. It is believed that Bevacqua will be formally approved Thursday by the PGA’s Board of Directors and introduced at the association’s annual meeting, which is Friday and Saturday in Baltimore.
Joe Steranka, the PGA’s outgoing chief executive, announced his resignation in April, effective at the end of the year.
RSR Partners, a Connecticut-based executive search firm, was retained by the PGA to spearhead the search and championed the hiring of Bevacqua, who most recently headed the golf division at CAA Sports. Bevacqua joined the agency in June 2011, a few months after resigning as chief business officer of the U.S. Golf Association. He departed shortly after Mike Davis was named the association’s executive director. In late 2009, Bevacqua had been under consideration to be the LPGA’s commissioner.
Phone, email and text messages seeking comment from Bevacqua were not immediately returned. PGA spokesman Julius Mason, reached by phone, would not comment.
Bevacqua spent more than a decade at the USGA, joining as in-house corporate counsel in September 2000. He served as managing director of U.S. Open Championships. In 2007, he was named the organization’s first chief business officer. In that capacity, Bevacqua was responsible for the USGA’s revenue-producing activities.
Bevacqua grew up in the game as a caddie at Bedford (N.Y.) Golf and Tennis Club. As a 12-year-old, he witnessed Fuzzy Zoeller wave the white towel at the 1984 U.S. Open at Winged Foot and joined the USGA Members Program the next day.
Bevacqua is a Notre Dame graduate who earned his law degree from Georgetown. He is expected to relocate from New York to PGA headquarters in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The PGA represents about 28,000 members and oversees tournaments including the PGA Championship and the biennial Ryder Cup.