Pete Bevacqua named PGA of America CEO

Pete Bevacqua

This past weekend, the PGA of America completed its search for its chief executive. Pete Bevacqua has been named as the successor to Joe Steranka who is retiring at the end of the year.

Bevacqua previously worked as the director of the U.S. Open then became chief business officer of the U.S. Golf Association in 2007.

Steranka, who announced his retirement in April, worked after 25 years at the PGA of America, including seven years as CEO.

Ted Bishop of was also elected as 38th president to serve a two-year term. He will lead the selection of the next Ryder Cup captain. Derek Sprague was elected as vice president.

Bevacqua, 41, is a graduate of Notre Dame with a law degree from Georgetown. He joined the USGA in 2000 an attorney. He left the USGA last year to lead the gold division at CAA Sports, a division of Creative Arts Agency. He left three weeks after the USGA appointed Mike Davis as executive director, a position for which Bevacqua was supposedly a candidate. He was also rumored to have been a candidate for LPGA Commissioner, before Mike Whan was hired for that position in 2009.

Bevacqua, is reported to be an accomplished golfer. He has a 2.4 handicap index listed at Manatee Golf Club in Branchburg N.J. and at Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville, N.Y.

So Rockheads, what do you think of this appointed? Is it a goof fit or should they have hired someone else? As always, let me know in the comments!

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