PGA of America president Ted Bishop has been removed from office. Bishop was given the option to announce his resignation and chose to accept that route, according to GolfChannel.com’s sources. He was scheduled to step down from office on November 22, with vice president Derek Sprague to take his place as the incoming president.
The PGA of America said its Board of Directors voted to remove Bishop from office for his insensitive gender-based remarks posted on Thursday via his Facebook and Twitter accounts. The Board considered the comments to be inconsistent with the stance of the PGA.
“The PGA of America understands the enormous responsibility it has to lead this great game and to enrich lives in our society through golf,” said PGA Chief Executive Officer Pete Bevacqua. “We must demand of ourselves that we make golf both welcoming and inclusive to all who want to experience it, and everyone at the PGA of America must lead by example.”
Under the Bylaws of the PGA Constitution, Sprague has been appointed as the PGA’s Interim President until November 22nd, when the election of the new national officers is held at the 98th PGA Annual Meeting. PGA Secretary Paul Levy will take over the dual responsibilities of Vice President and Secretary until then.
“The Members and Apprentices of the PGA of America must uphold the highest standards and values of the profession, as well as the manner in which we conduct ourselves at all times,” said Sprague, the PGA General Manager and Director of Golf at Malone (New York) Golf Club. “We apologize to any individual or group that felt diminished, in any way, by this unacceptable incident.”