She has one more week. After six years on the PGA of America board, the last two as its first female president, Suzy Whaley’s tenure officially comes to a close on October 29. And while it hasn’t been what she expected, the experience has been more rewarding than she’d hoped.
“It’s been amazing,” Whaley said in the days immediately after she handed the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship trophy to Sei Young Kim at Aronimink Golf Club near Philadelphia. “The people I’ve had the opportunity to impact and be associated with have made this a great run.”
Few who saw Whaley in action would disagree with that assessment. What began as a breakthrough in gender relations ended with an unprecedented crisis that required leadership and decision-making on a scale Whaley could have never imagined when she ran for national office.
“I don’t think any business could have planned for a pandemic,” she said. “But we have this amazing staff (at the PGA). People may not know that we have staff on the ground (at our major championship sites) two years in advance. And our partners get excited at the beginning of the year for the championships. Well, this year by mid-March everything stopped. Golf shut down.
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