As Chief Executive Officer of the PGA of America, Peter P. Bevacqua guides the world’s largest sports organization staff in serving the Association’s 28,000 PGA Professionals and the golf industry.
Bevacqua led the broadcast rights expansion through 2030 for the Ryder Cup, Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid and PGA Professional National Championship. He facilitated a relationship with the New York State Government that secured the 2019 PGA Championship and 2024 Ryder Cup at Bethpage Black and fostered a partnership with The Trump Organization for the 2022 PGA Championship and 2017 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. Bevacqua steered the return of the PGA Championship to The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in 2021 and worked with the PGA Tour to bring the 2020 PGA Championship to TPC Harding Park, San Francisco. Bevacqua also partnered with the LPGA and KPMG to launch the 2015 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Westchester Country Club in Harrison, New York, and partnered with the organizations to select Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Washington as the 2016 host site.
In 2014, he led the addition of Samsung as a patron sponsor. Chase Sapphire Preferred was also named the official credit card of the PGA of America and PGA Championship, while Chase Bank was designated as the official bank in 2015. Bevacqua renewed key partnerships with Mercedes-Benz USA, KitchenAid and National Car Rental. Meanwhile, Standard Life Investments became the Ryder Cup’s first Worldwide Partner. Bevacqua was appointed World Golf Foundation Board of Directors Chairman in 2015, succeeding PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem, who served as the 2014 Board Chairman. Bevacqua has also served on the GOLF 20/20 Executive Committee since 2007. In addition, he is a leadership team member for the PGA World Alliance and the International Golf Federation’s work in returning golf to the Olympics.
Bevacqua previously served as Global Head of Golf at Creative Artists Agency (CAA Sports), headquartered in New York City. Prior to that, he was Chief Business Officer for the United States Golf Association (USGA) and was responsible for all revenue and commercial activities. He also served as the USGA’s first Managing Director, charged with running one of golf’s four major championships, while handling all legal business related to the U.S. Open. Bevacqua was named to the “Forty Under 40” class by Sports Business Journal in 2009; and in 2010 was named by GOLF Magazine as one of the “40 Most Influential People in Golf.” In 2015, he was the subject of a cover story by Sports Illustrated Golf+.
A Bedford, New York native, Bevacqua graduated magna cum laude in English in 1993 from the University of Notre Dame. In 1997, he earned a Law degree from Georgetown University, where he graduated cum laude. Afterwards, he began his professional career at the New York City law firm of Davis Polk before joining the USGA. Bevacqua and wife, Tiffany, are parents of a daughter, Samantha Wells; and sons, Arthur William and Jake Dylan.