PGA President Jim Richerson is the Senior Vice President of Operations for Troon. The industry leader in golf course management, development and marketing. Richerson is part of a team responsible for helping oversee the day-to-day management of Troon’s expanding portfolio. Serving 435+ locations and 470+ golf courses with properties located in over 40 states and 30 countries.
Richerson was elected President at the 104th PGA Annual Meeting in October 2020. Previously, he was elected as Vice President in 2018. When Richerson was elected Secretary as a member of the Wisconsin PGA Section in 2016, he became the first Wisconsin PGA Member to be elected as a National Officer of the Association.
A member of the PGA Board of Directors from 2013-15, representing District 6, Richerson also served on the Wisconsin PGA Section as an Officer & Board Member. In addition, he was chair of the Wisconsin Education Committee and a Board Member of the Wisconsin State Golf Association. During his term as District 6 Director, Richerson served as chair of the National Properties Committee, as a member of the National Budget and National Investment Committees, and continues as a PGA.com Advisory Board member. He was the recipient of the 2013 and 2016 Wisconsin PGA Golf Professional of the Year Award, the Section’s 2011 Horton Smith Award and the 2012 Bill Strausbaugh Award.
Richerson learned the game from his father, Bill, who coached golf at Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University). Jim was a four-year letterman and captain of the golf team at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. He was elected to PGA Membership in 1995.
Richerson spent the first 18 years of his career affiliated with the Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Golf Corporation, holding various management and executive positions at golf properties in six states.
Previous to his work at Troon, he served as Kohler Co.’s General Manager & Director of Golf for more than 11 years, overseeing the operations at Whistling Straits & Blackwolf Run in Wisconsin and The Duke’s Course in St. Andrews, Scotland.
Richerson also played an integral role for Kohler Properties in conducting major golf championships. He was an Executive Committee Member of the 2007 U.S. Senior Open, the 2010 PGA Championship, the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open, where he also served as the General Chair, and the 2015 PGA Championship.
Richerson and his wife, Kristi, are the proud parents of a daughter, Mary-Claire.