Bevacqua resigns as USGA business officer

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Pete Bevacqua has resigned as the USGA’s chief business officer, effective immediately, Golfweek has learned.

Bevacqua was a candidate for the association’s executive director post, which was filled March 2 by Mike Davis, who confirmed the resignation.

A message seeking comment that was left on Bevacqua’s cell phone was not immediately returned.

Davis called Bevacqua's resignation, which was delivered in person Monday to Davis and the USGA's Mike Butz, "certainly a loss for our side."

Rand Jerris, a USGA spokesman, told Golfweek in an email that Davis would conduct an analysis of the organization before deciding on how the role of chief business officer might be filled. "In the meantime," Jerris said, "Pete's responsibilities have been assigned temporarily to select senior staff members while we consider the best next steps for the USGA."

Bevacqua, 39, a Notre Dame alumnus and Georgetown Law graduate, joined the USGA 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.

As the chief business officer, Bevacqua was responsible for the USGA’s revenue-producing activities.

For 113 years, the USGA eschewed corporate sponsors. During Bevacqua’s tenure, the USGA added a fourth corporate partner, Royal Bank of Scotland, to a roster that included American Express, Lexus and IBM.

Bevacqua put the change in strategy in perspective: “We were looking for real top companies that shared a cultural vision with the USGA and really understood the game of golf, which is what we’re all about.”

Alex Miceli and wire services contributed to this report.

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