Peter P. Bevacqua, PGA of America Leaders

Peter P. Bevacqua

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER 

PGA OF AMERICA

 
 

 
CEO Peter P. Bevacqua guides the business and overall strategy of one of the world’s largest sports organizations, serving the Association’s nearly 29,000 PGA Professionals. Under his leadership, the PGA has designed and implemented a long-term strategic plan that is focused on the Association’s mission to serve the PGA Member and grow the game. The plan outlines the PGA’s strategic vision and eight core Member-focused and business-related initiatives. 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.
 
This includes the creation of the Association’s first-ever Chief Membership Officer position to oversee core PGA Member-focused areas, including PGA Education, Career Services, Member Services and Section Business Operations. He has also led the growth of PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA. 
 
Bevacqua also steered the announcement that the PGA Championship—one of golf’s four majors—will be conducted annually in May for the first time in 70 years, beginning in 2019. The new May date positions the PGA Championship for continued growth by providing a strong landing spot on the golf calendar; access to world-class venues in new regions of the country; a consistent major championships rhythm that golf fans can embrace from April to July; and a platform for PGA Professionals to launch their growth-of-the-game initiatives.  
 
He spearheaded the addition and renewal of official patron sponsors and partners—such as 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. Bevacqua also 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. Both the 2016 Ryder Cup and 2017 PGA Championship set new benchmarks for revenue and corporate hospitality, while earning praise for the fan experience. 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. Bevacqua also 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 USGA and served as the 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 Chairperson of the International Golf Federation, a group that was instrumental in golf’s 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. A former Sports Business Journal “Forty Under 40” honoree, Bevacqua also received the 2016 March of Dimes Sports Leadership Award. 
 
Bevacqua graduated from the University of Notre Dame magna cum laude (1993), with a B.A. in English. He earned a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center, where he graduated cum laude (1997). He began his career as a legal associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in New York City.  Bevacqua and his wife, Tiffany, are parents of a daughter, Samantha Wells, and sons, Arthur William and Jake Dylan.