Acting commissioners LPGA future uncertain


RICHMOND, Texas – So where does Marty Evans go from here?

The acting commissioner steps aside on Jan. 4 when Michael Whan takes over, but Evans gave up her spot on the LPGA Board of Directors to assume her interim role. Evans could rejoin the board with two openings for independent directors to be filled sometime early next year, but Golf World reported this week that there are some significant maneuvers under way that may reshape the board.

According to sources cited in the report, Dawn Hudson will remain on the board but is unlikely to be re-elected chairwoman because of “backlash for allowing the Carolyn Bivens situation to go on for so long.” Bivens was forced out as commissioner in a player revolt in July. The report also stated that Evans has told the board that she will only serve again if she is elected chairwoman, but that player directors might not support that move because of Evans’ role in recent layoffs at the tour.

“I haven’t made a decision,” Evans told when asked if and how she wanted to return to the board. “I need to figure out what I want to do. I know that I want to be helpful to Mike [Whan]. That’s my goal, but how do I contribute?”

There was turnover among the seven player members of the board this week with Kim Hall and Katie Futcher elected to three-year terms. Juli Inkster’s term expired. So did the term of Christina Kim, who sought another term but was not re-elected.

Michelle Ellis was re-elected to another term as president in 2010 with Sherri Steinhauer re-elected as vice president.

There was also change among the six independent directors on the LPGA Board with Tony Ponturo elected to a three-year term. He’s the chief executive officer of Ponturo Management Group and a former executive at Anheuser-Busch. Leslie Greis was re-elected to a three year term. She is founder and managing member of Perennial Capital Advisors.

The terms of Bill Morton, Nancy Wiese and Grant Gregory expire this year. Two of the three openings that creates have yet to be filled.