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Suzy Whaley

Honorary President, PGA of America

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The first woman elected to serve as an Officer of the PGA of America, PGA Honorary President and PGA Master Professional Suzy Whaley is the PGA Director of Instruction for the Country Club at Mirasol in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. After serving two years as PGA Secretary, and two years as Vice President, Whaley was elected as the PGA of America's first female President at the 2018 PGA Annual Meeting. She steered the Association through the onset of the global pandemic, leading to the establishment of the nearly $8 million Golf Emergency Relief Fund for golf industry personnel in need.


Recognized as one of GOLF’s “Top 100 Teachers in America,”, Whaley's resume includes numerous teaching awards: Golf Digest Top 50 Instructor, LPGA Top 50 Instructor, 10-time Golf Digest State Teacher of the Year and U.S. Kids Golf Master Kids Teacher. She has instructed more than 300 children to collegiate golf.
A dual member of the PGA of America and LPGA Teaching & Club Professional division, Whaley was a LPGA Tour member in 1990 and 1993. She famously qualified and participated in the 2003 Greater Hartford Open, becoming the first woman since Babe Zaharias in 1945 to qualify for a PGA Tour event. Whaley is a three-time Connecticut Women’s Open Champion, National LPGA Teaching & Club Professional winner, Connecticut PGA Club Professional Champion; and a two-time LPGA Northeast T&CP Section Champion.


Whaley also serves as an analyst for ESPN, as Director of Golf at the CC at Mirasol, serves on the ANNIKA Foundation Board and she is an Honorary Director for the First Tee of Connecticut. She was recently inducted into the CT Golf Hall of Fame.


Suzy was also named a 2015 Sports Business Journal “Game Changer,” cited as a woman leader who has had a major impact on sports business.
A 1989 graduate of the University of North Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in economics, Whaley and her husband, Bill, are both PGA Members. Bill is the National Director of Golf for the PGA Tour Properties Division. They have two daughters: Jennifer, a first-year MIT Sloan student and member of the conference organizing committee, and Kelly, a professional golfer.

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