CANNED: PGA of America Removes Ted Bishop
By Torleif Sorenson on 10/24/14
At 6:20 p.m. EDT this evening, the PGA of America announced that their president, Ted Bishop, has been removed from office:
In a statement, PGA of America CEO Pete Bevacqua was blunt and straightforward:
“The PGA of America understands the enormous responsibility it has to lead this great game and to enrich lives in our society through golf. 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.”Following the constitution and bylaws of the PGA, Bevacqua said that Vice President Derek Sprague has been appointed Interim President through November 22, when new national officers are scheduled to be elected at the 98th PGA annual meeting. The PGA's Secretary, Paul Levy, will handle Sprague's former duties, as well as his regular duties as secretary until November 22.
Sprague also was quoted in the PGA's official announcement online:
"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. We apologize to any individual or group that felt diminished, in any way, by this unacceptable incident."Even before Bishop's unforced error cost him his job, recent chatter in the golf world has suggested that Dottie Pepper (already an office-holder within the PGA) and the very notable teaching professional Suzy Whaley could find themselves in increased and higher-profile jobs within the PGA of America.
Given the ugly and offensive nature of Bishop's comments, this writer would not be surprised if Pepper and Whaley gain those positions, at least in part to counter the criticism.
Bishop's responseAt 7:28 p.m. EDT, Golf Channel posted this prepared statement by Bishop, following his removal from office:
I want to apologize to Ian Poulter and anyone else that I might have offended with my remarks on social media that appeared on October 23, 2014. Particularly, I have great remorse that my comments contained the words "little girl" because I have always been a great advocate for girls and women in golf.
The aforementioned Whaley spoke via telephone with Golf Channel:
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