The 38th President of The PGA of America, Ted Bishop previously served two years each as PGA Vice President and PGA Secretary, where he championed programs to grow the game. In addition, he has served on the PGA Board of Directors as District 6 Director. Since 1991, Bishop has worked as general manager and PGA director of golf at The Legends Golf Club, in Franklin, Ind.
The PGA of America’s national spokesperson for the Get Golf Ready new player development program, Bishop is also well-versed in virtually every aspect of Association governance. He has served on the PGA Board of Directors since 2006, and served on the PGA Board of Control (BOC) from 2002-05, where he evaluated hundreds of membership cases. He later served as Chairman of the Board of Control while Secretary of The PGA.
As PGA Vice President, Bishop oversees the finances of The PGA. He also was chair of the PGA Membership Committee and served on the PGA Budget and PGA Properties Committees. He is a past chair of the PGA Code of Ethics Task Force. Bishop has served as Chairman of the PGA Professional National Championship since 2009, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Folds of Honor Foundation.
In 1991, Bishop oversaw the construction and development of The Legends Golf Club, a 45-hole complex that is the home of the Indiana PGA Section and Indiana Golf Association. Bishop played a key role in the organization of the Indiana Golf Foundation. His efforts in the early 1990s helped establish the Indiana Golf Academy and the expansion of the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame.
Born in Logansport, Ind., Bishop graduated in 1976 from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy. He began his professional career as a PGA Professional and superintendent at the Phil Harris Golf Course in Linton, Ind. He was elected to PGA membership in September 1985, and has served in a leadership capacity at either the Section or National levels since 1989. From 1997-98, Bishop served as president of the Indiana PGA Section. He was named the 1998 Indiana PGA Golf Professional of the Year. He is also a two-time (1996-97) Section Bill Strausbaugh Award recipient and was the Section’s 1991 Horton Smith Award winner. In the fall of 2013, he will become the third PGA of America president to be inducted into the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame.
On the course, Bishop was a four-time Indiana Open qualifier, with three holes-in-one to his credit. A contributing writer, Bishop is regularly published by the likes of SI.com, PGA.com and several Indiana newspapers. He has twice been awarded the prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash by the Governor of Indiana for service to the communities in which he has resided.
He and his wife, Cindy, live in Franklin, Ind., and are the parents of daughters, Ashely Davidson, a membership director at The Legends Golf Club; and Ambry Bishop, a PGA assistant professional at St. Andrews Golf Club in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., and the head women’s golf coach at St. John’s University. He has two grandchildren, Reid and Remy Davidson.