Peter P. Bevacqua, PGA of America Leaders

Peter P. Bevacqua





PGA of America CEO Peter P. Bevacqua guides the business decisions of one of the world’s largest sports organizations, serving the Association’s nearly 29,000 PGA Professionals.

Under Bevacqua’s leadership, the PGA designed and implemented a long-term strategic plan, focused on the Association’s mission to serve the PGA Member and grow the game. The plan outlines the PGA’s strategic vision and core business products. It also defines the PGA’s constant pursuit of excellence and commitment to innovation and collaboration, the teamwork and talent exhibited in its culture, and a devotion to diversity and inclusion throughout the Association’s programs and practices.

In 2013, Bevacqua negotiated a transformational, 15-year media rights extension through 2030 with NBC Sports Group for the Ryder Cup, KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship and PGA Professional Championship. Bevacqua also spearheaded the addition and renewal of official patron sponsors and partners—such as Mercedes-Benz USA, OMEGA, KPMG, KitchenAid, National Car Rental and Chase—while working with Ryder Cup Europe to establish Standard Life Investments as the Ryder Cup’s first Worldwide Partner. In 2017, he steered the announcement that the PGA Championship will be conducted annually in May for the first time in 70 years, beginning in 2019. The new May date provides the PGA Championship a strong landing spot on the calendar and a consistent major championships rhythm that golf fans can embrace from April to July.

In addition, Bevacqua orchestrated a partnership between the PGA, LPGA and KPMG to launch the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in 2015, the first women’s major championship in PGA of America history. A leadership summit was also established to encourage women to use golf in furthering their careers. As well, Bevacqua facilitated relationships with state and local governments to bring the PGA Championship to historic public facilities at New York’s Bethpage Black (2019) and San Francisco’s TPC Harding Park (2020).

Previously, Bevacqua served as Global Head of Golf at Creative Artists Agency (CAA Sports). He was also Chief Business Officer for the United States Golf Association (USGA); and served as the USGA’s first Managing Director of the U.S. Open Championship.

A former World Golf Foundation Board of Directors’ Chairperson, Bevacqua is a PGA World Alliance leadership team member. He is the current Chairperson of the International Golf Federation, a group that was instrumental in golf’s historic return to the Olympics. In 2017, Jack Nicklaus announced that Bevacqua was elected as a special advisor to the Captains Club for The Memorial Tournament. Additionally, he is a RISE board member, an alliance of sports organizations that promote racial equality. The 2016 March of Dimes Sports Leadership Award recipient, Bevacqua was a 2009 Sports Business Journal “Forty Under 40” class member.

After graduating from the University of Notre Dame and earning a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center, he first worked as a legal associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. Bevacqua and wife, Tiffany, have three children—Samantha Wells, Arthur William and Jake Dylan.