If growth and enthusiasm are objectives of the World Golf Foundation, a non-profit designed to unify all the disparate interests in the game, then the announcement on Thursday that LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan will replace Tim Finchem as WGF chairman should be good news.
Whan’s success at the helm of the LPGA has been well-chronicled. His optimism and enthusiasm are evident to anyone who has ever been around him.
“Mike brings significant experience and unique insights to the Board of Directors with a distinct priority on growing the game globally,” Steve Mona, CEO of WGF, said through a written statement. “We are confident, under Mike’s leadership, that our industry will continue to reach new heights on a worldwide basis.”
Whan also released a statement, which read, “It is an honor to serve World Golf Foundation and I look forward to continued collaboration among golf’s leading organizations. We made impressive strides as an industry in 2016 by bringing golf back to the Olympics; our momentum is strong heading into 2017.”
In addition to Whan, the WGF Board consists of: Pete Bevacqua, CEO of the PGA of America; Mike Davis, Executive Director of the USGA; Will Jones, Executive Director of The Masters Tournament Foundation; Jay Monahan, Commissioner of the PGA TOUR; Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the PGA European Tour; and Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A.