Tag Archives: Derek Sprague

Sep
29
2015

Well, we’ve always known Tom Watson was a man with strong principles (not to mention stubborn) — he sticks to his guns and he’s unwavering in his convictions. He’s also apparently very loyal.

Watson declined an offer to join the PGA of America’s Hall of Fame, according to a Golf World report.

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Feb
24
2015
Members of the PGA's Ryder Cup task force join to announce Love as captain

Members of the PGA’s Ryder Cup task force join to announce Love as captain

Davis Love was officially named the U.S Ryder Cup captain at a media conference at the PGA of America’s headquarters on Tuesday at PGA National, site of this week’s Honda Classic. Six members of the PGA’s Ryder Cup task force were present for the announcement, including PGA CEO Pete Bavacqua, president Derek Sprague, vice president Paul Levy, Phil Mickelson, Tom Lehman Rickie Fowler, and of course, Love. The PGA also revealed changes to the captain selection process and qualifying system for U.S. players. 

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Nov
22
2014
Whaley

Whaley a winner

It’s about time. Following the PGA of America’s 98th Annual Meeting, Connecticut golf instructor Suzy Whaley was elected as secretary, becoming the first female officer in the organization’s history.

Whaley’s victory was not only historic, but it was also decisive, according to GolfChannel.com’s Rex Hoggard

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Oct
28
2014
By Stephanie Wei under PGA of America

Ted Bishop joined Golf Channel’s Gary Williams on Morning Drive on Tuesday in his first television interview since making his insensitive gender-based remarks last week on two of his social media outlets, and thus, resulting in his swift removal as president of the PGA of America.

In his Twitter and Facebook posts, Bishop was attempting to defend Ryder Cup captains Tom Watson and Nick Faldo in response to excerpts from Ian Poulter’s new book, “No Limits,” where the outspoken Englishmen (God forbid!) criticized two of the legends in the game. The former PGA president listed Watson and Faldo’s major wins, along with their Ryder Cup records, and then he called Poulter a “Lil Girl” on Twitter and expanded on those thoughts on Facebook, writing, “Sounds like a little girl squealing during recess.”

In the interview with Golf Channel, Bishop explained the background behind his postings and expressed regret over the ensuing consequences. 

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Oct
24
2014
By Stephanie Wei under PGA of America

 

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.

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Oct
14
2014
Task force, who you gonna call?

Task force, who you gonna call?

The PGA of America is infamous for forming its “task forces.” We’re not quite sure what they exactly accomplish yet, rather than getting a group of people together to chat and charging the expenses to the PGA. The task force will reportedly examine the U.S. Ryder Cup process — from how the captains and players are selected to how the team prepares for the matches. Hopefully this one will get the American Ryder Cup team back on track after the U.S. has fallen to Europe in eight of the last 10 biennial dogfights against the two continents. 

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