PGA appoints Bevacqua as chief executive officer

Peter Bevacqua is the new CEO of the PGA of America.

Peter Bevacqua is the new CEO of the PGA of America.

BALTIMORE — Peter Bevacqua was named Saturday by the PGA of America as the association's chief executive officer.

The appointment initially was reported Wednesday by Golfweek.com, which cited sources close to the decision.

The move to hire Bevacqua to oversee the PGA’s 27,000 club and teaching professionals was approved by the association’s Board of Directors on Wednesday. The announcement came Saturday evening at the conclusion of the PGA’s 96th annual meeting, where Ted Bishop of Franklin, Ind., was installed for a two-year term as the group’s 38th president.

Bevacqua, 41, will succeed Joe Steranka, who has been with the PGA since 1988, including the past seven years as CEO. Steranka announced several months ago that he planned to retire at the end of the year.

“It is an unbelievable honor and literally a dream come true to be given the opportunity to lead the PGA of America staff as we support our members in their efforts to grow the game through Golf 2.0 and as we count down to the association’s centennial,” Bevacqua said. “I decided years ago that I wanted to dedicate my professional life to the game I love and to the game I grew up with, and can think of no better way than to join the organization that supports and enhances the critical roles that PGA professionals play in our industry.”

Bevacqua had worked for 10 years with the U.S. Golf Association, initially as in-house counsel and then as chief business officer. He resigned in March 2011, shortly after the USGA selected Mike Davis as its executive director. Bevacqua reportedly was among the final candidates for that position and for the job as commissioner of the LPGA, which hired Mike Whan in 2009. Since June 2011, Bevacqua headed the golf division at CAA Sports.

In addition to the hiring of Bevacqua, the PGA promoted Darrell Crall to chief operating officer.

Crall was a longtime executive director of the Northern Texas PGA. He left that position in May 2011 to join the PGA as senior director of Golf 2.0, directing on a national basis the industry’s new plan to grow the game. He since had been promoted to managing director of strategic development.

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