Levy succeeds Sprague as PGA of America president

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NEW YORK – Paul Levy officially took over as president of the PGA of America on Friday at the association’s annual meeting. Levy became the organization’s 40th president and succeeds Derek Sprague.

Levy, the CEO and general manager of Toscana Country Club in Indian Wells, Calif., said he will focus on expanding employment opportunities for the PGA’s 28,000 members and growing the game during his two-year term.

“We have tried to do so many things to grow the game and one of the things we’ve focused on is junior golf,” Levy said. “We know that if we start someone really young they are going to play golf the rest of their life.”

Suzy Whaley, who became the PGA’s first female officer at the 2014 annual meeting, also transitioned from secretary to vice president.

Jim Richerson was voted the association’s new secretary, putting the director of golf at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin in line to become the PGA’s president in four years.

Richerson won on the first ballot with 53.5 percent of the vote (114 delegates) over Florida’s Russ Libby and North Carolina’s Rick Murphy. He becomes just the second secretary elected on the first ballot with at least three candidates after Whaley did it two years ago in Indianapolis.