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Goetze-Ackerman selected as LPGA player president

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Former LPGA player Vicki Goetze-Ackerman has been selected as the player president of the LPGA as of Jan. 1, the tour announced Monday.

Goetze-Ackerman retired in 2009 after 18 seasons on the LPGA. Previously, she had been a member of the LPGA Player Executive Committee from 2005-07, serving as president in 2007.

“I am very honored to have been chosen as the next LPGA player president,” said Goetze-Ackerman in a release. “I am looking forward to working with Commissioner Whan and the board of directors to help grow the LPGA.”

The LPGA membership decided in September to allow their body to elect an inactive player as its president, primarily to offer time to focus on the job instead of juggling it with their playing career. The players asked Karrie Webb to lead the search.

“The responsibility of the player president role, not unlike that of many public offices, now requires a level of attention that makes it difficult for an active player to manage,' said Commissioner Whan.

Goetze-Ackerman takes over for Michelle Ellis as president and joins a half-dozen other players as members of the LPGA Board of Directors.

Though she never won on the LPGA, Goetze-Ackerman won the U.S. Women's Amateur in 1989 and '92.