Whan to meet President Obama
Mike Whan won’t waste any time going straight to the top in his new role as LPGA commissioner. On Jan. 12, seven days on the job, Whan will meet President Barack Obama in the Oval Office. Whan plans to join the victorious U.S. Solheim Cup team for a tour of the White House, Pentagon and 9/11 Memorial.
The LPGA also has a special reception for D.C.-area guests Tuesday evening at the University Club.
Week No. 2 certainly will top Week 1, which largely consisted of meetings at Daytona Beach headquarters, giving Whan a chance to put his “listen and learn” strategy into play. The LPGA typically holds a staff meeting on the first Friday of every month, so on Jan. 9 Whan addressed the troops.
“It feels like home,” said Whan, who already had toured the office, attended a board meeting and a tournament before his Jan. 4 start date. On Jan. 11, he spent the day at PGA Tour headquarters with commissioner Tim Finchem and executive vice president Ty Votaw, a former LPGA commissioner.
Whan hopes to attend every LPGA event on the 2010 schedule, though schedule conflicts might keep him from a perfect record. He already has plans to attend the first four events of the year, starting in Asia at Thailand and Singapore. He likely will deliver his first "State of the Tour'' address at either the first domestic event of the year – LPGA Classic presented by J Golf in Carlsbad, Calif. – or the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
“It’s where the people are who write the checks,” Whan said.