PGA of America extends contract of CEO Bevacqua

Pete Bevacqua, PGA of America CEO, is interviewed during a press conference prior to the start of the 2013 PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club.

The PGA of America approved a five-year contract extension for CEO Pete Bevacqua’s at its 97th Annual Meeting on Saturday in San Diego.

Bavacqua, 42, joined the PGA of America a year ago when he was introduced to the membership at the 96th Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Md.

At that time, he was given a three-year contract, but over the past 12 months under his leadership the PGA of America has extended their relationship with television partner NBC through 2030 and brought the Black Course at Bethpage State Park under its umbrella, hosting the 2019 PGA Championship and 2014 Ryder Cup in the biggest sports market in the country, New York City.

“The PGA of America is in the midst of an exciting new chapter of growing the game of golf, and Pete’s leadership this past year has elevated the process,” said PGA of America President Ted Bishop. “It’s with great pride that our Board of Directors extend our agreement with Pete as we go forward to carry a strategic plan that enhances our member Professionals and their standing within the golf industry.”

Other important aspects of Bevacqua’s tenure have been creating closer ties with the PGA Tour as evidenced by the joint position against anchoring taken by the two groups earlier this year, the expansion of the PGA Championship purse to $10 million and new joint initiatives to grown the game that will directly benefit the PGA’s membership.

“This has been the most memorable and enjoyable year of my professional career, and I am honored to have the continued endorsement and the support of PGA members to advance our Association,” said Bevacqua. “PGA Professionals represent the best of our sport, bringing unbridled passion and talent to growing the game on many levels. To have their confidence as we continue the countdown to our centennial in 2016 and beyond is truly gratifying.”

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