SAN DIEGO – The PGA of America’s Board of Directors has approved a five-year contract extension through 2018 for chief executive officer Pete Bevacqua, the third CEO of the world’s largest sports organization. His original contract was a three-year-deal. The announcement was made today at the 97th PGA Annual Meeting at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.
Bevacqua, 42, completed his first year with The PGA of America having overseen two landmarks in Association and golf industry history – an unprecedented NBC broadcasting multi-platform agreement through 2030 for the Ryder Cup and Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid; and teaming with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to bring the 2019 PGA Championship and 2024 Ryder Cup to one of the country’s renowned public courses, the Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, N.Y.
“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.”
Bevacqua is a native of Bedford, N.Y., a 1993 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, with a law degree from Georgetown University. He began his professional career working for the New York firm of Davis Polk before joining the United States Golf Association, serving as in-house counsel, managing director of the U.S. Open Championship, and first-ever chief business officer. In 2011, Bevacqua left the USGA to join CAA Sports, a division of Creative Artists Agency.
“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.”
Bevacqua and his wife, Tiffany, live in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and are the parents of a daughter, Samantha Wells; and sons, Arthur William and Jake Dylan.