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PGA CEO Bevacqua receives five-year extension

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PGA of America chief executive officer Pete Bevacqua has received a five-year extension to help lead the organization through 2018, the PGA announced Saturday.

The extension was confirmed at the group's annual meeting in San Diego and means the 42-year-old Bevacqua, who is entering his second year as CEO, will continue in his role for the forseeable future.

"This has been the most memorable and enjoyable year of my professional career, and I am honored to have the continued endorsement and the support of PGA members to advance our Association," Bevacqua said as part of a media release. "To have their confidence as we continue the countdown to our centennial in 2016 and beyond is truly gratifying."

A native of New York, Bevacqua previously held multiple positions with the USGA before signing a three-year contract to become PGA CEO last year. Since he took office, the organization has signed an extension with NBC to broadcast the Ryder Cup through 2030 and announced that the 2019 PGA Championship and 2024 Ryder Cup will head to Bethpage State Park.

"The PGA of America is in the midst of an exciting new chapter of growing the game of golf, and Pete’s leadership this past year has elevated the process,” added PGA of America president Ted Bishop. “It’s with great pride that our Board of Directors extend our agreement with Pete as we go forward to carry a strategic plan that enhances our member Professionals and their standing within the golf industry.”