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Jim Richerson elected president of PGA of America

9.22am 30th October 2020 - Corporate

Jim Richerson has been elected the 42nd President of the PGA of America at the Association’s 104th Annual Meeting.

Richerson, from Scottsdale, Arizona, is Senior Vice President of Operations for Troon, and a member of the Southwest PGA Section. He succeeds Suzy Whaley, who completed her two-year term as president and is now PGA Honorary President.

Succeeding Richerson as Vice President is John Lindert, while Don Rea was elected as the new PGA Secretary.

Richerson is part of a team that is responsible for helping oversee the day-to-day management of Troon’s portfolio, which comprises over 470 golf courses in 30 countries. 

Richerson said: “Together with the Officers and Executive Directors from all 41 PGA Sections, we are committed to providing resources to help elevate and advance PGA Members throughout the country, while continuing to grow the game.

“This year has presented us with many obstacles, but the passion and resilience of PGA Members helped bring millions of people through by providing an unmatched experience that only golf can deliver. As we head into a new year, our focus is to continue to engage our Members and Sections to ensure that PGA Professionals and Associates have the tools and resources needed to continue leading this game every day and in every way.”

When Richerson was elected PGA Secretary as a member of the Wisconsin PGA Section in 2016, he became the first Wisconsin PGA Member to be elected as a National Officer of the Association. A member of the PGA Board of Directors from 2013-15, he also served on the Wisconsin PGA Section as an Officer and Board Member. In addition, he was chair of the Wisconsin Education Committee and a Board Member of the Wisconsin State Golf Association.


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