2012 PGA of America Annual Meeting

PGA of America officers
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The PGA's new leadership slate includes (l-r) President Ted Bishop, Vice President Derek Sprague, Secretary Paul Levy, Honorary President Allen Wronowski and CEO Peter Bevacqua.
The PGA of America

Series: PGA Feature

Published: Friday, November 09, 2012 | 1:18 p.m.

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Bishop, Sprague and Levy elected to highest offices at PGA of America
Ted Bishop of Franklin, Ind., was elected the 38th president of The PGA of America on Saturday at the Annual Meeting. Succeeding Bishop as vice president is Derek Sprague of Malone, N.Y., while Paul Levy of Indian Wells, Calif., was elected secretary. In addition, six new members of the PGA Board of Directors were sworn into office.

Bevacqua named new CEO of PGA of America, Crall promoted to COO
Peter Bevacqua has been selected as chief executive officer of The PGA of America, becoming the third CEO of the world’s largest sports organization. He previously served as chief business officer for the United States Golf Association and more recently led the golf division of CAA Sports. In addition, Darrell Crall, currently the PGA's managing director, strategic development, will become chief operating officer.

New Jersey Section receives Herb Graffis Award for player development
The New Jersey PGA Section, comprised of 452 members and apprentices, was presented the Herb Graffis Award Saturday, honoring its exemplary contributions in player development and growth of the game programming. The NJPGA Section was honored for its expansive player development programming, highlighted by Golf In Schools, an initiative that impacts 95,000 boys & girls at elementary and middle schools throughout the Garden State.

PGA Professional Kennedy receives Patriot Award for supporting military
John Kennedy Jr. of New Canaan, Conn., whose leadership within the Metropolitan PGA Section extended to establishing a foundation for supporting the men and women of the military along with affiliation with the VA to help instruct disabled veterans, has been presented with the 2012 Patriot Award. First presented in 2008, the Patriot Award honors a PGA Professional who personifies patriotism through the game of golf and demonstrates unwavering commitment and dedication to the men and women who have valiantly served and protected the United States of America.

PGA Annual Meeting in Baltimore to focus on ways of transforming golf
Four hundred PGA Professionals, representing 41 nationwide Sections, have gathered in Baltimore for the 96th PGA Annual Meeting, which carries the theme "Transform. Empower. Engage." Delegates will elect new officers, and bring into focus the many ways that the Association and industry are transforming the sport of golf to further empower PGA Professionals so they can grow the game.