Ryan Ballengee took a little field trip to the USGA headquarters for an American Express function on Thursday. (He even braved the Nor’easter and played at Trump National.) He chatted up Pete Bevacqua, who is rumored to be the leading candidate to take on the tough job as the LPGA commissioner. And here’s what Ryan walked away with:
Bevacqua did not tip his hand one way or the other in a conversation with me yesterday afternoon. We spent several minutes talking about the business of his current employer – the USGA. From subjects spanning the money behind the 2013 Open at Merion to RBS’ draw to the USGA’s grants program, Bevacqua is on message and point. USGA staffers are not even certain of his thought process or leanings were he to be offered the job.
Soooo, he’s probably in talks with the LPGA, but doesn’t know if he wants to take the job (and move to Daytona Beach, Florida). I pressed a tour official at the Chelsea Piers outing about Bevacqua, too, but received a vague response. Now we continue to wait on the edge of our seats for someone to actually accept the position. No rush.