Deputy commissioner among 8 LPGA cuts


Libba Galloway, the LPGA’s deputy commissioner, is among eight association staff members whose positions are being eliminated in budget cuts, LPGA officials confirmed.

Galloway will remain on staff through the rest of the year. Seven other positions were eliminated immediately. They were informed Wednesday morning by acting commissioner Marty Evans.

“Due to the changes in our tournament business and other effects of the world-wide recession, the LPGA has eliminated the position of deputy commissioner effective December 31, 2009,” Evans said in a statement. “Libba Galloway, a key contributor to the LPGA for nearly a decade, will transition out of the association at the end of the year. We thank Libba for her leadership, commitment and the countless contributions that she has provided us.”

With the tour’s schedule shrinking, revenues are shrinking. The LPGA staged 34 events last year, will stage 27 this year, with tour officials projecting they’ll stage between 23 and 25 next year.

“We are losing members of the LPGA who have provided significant service to the association,” Evans said in a statement. “We thank them and wish them well in their future endeavors.”