Suzy Whaley has been a woman to watch in the PGA since she was the first woman to qualify for a PGA tournament event in 58 years back in 2002. Now she has received over 52% of the vote to become the first female officer in the organization. There's more to come from Whaley, as she is also on track to be PGA President in 2018, where she would again be the first woman to hold that position.
A report on the event from the PGA quoted Whaley as saying, “It's an incredibly special day for me, my family, the Connecticut section and our members. Our association has a long-term strategic plan and I'm excited to part of implementing that plan. We have so many opportunities to bring diverse groups into the game, that's what I'm excited about." Her voice cracked as she continued “"I am so proud to be a PGA member and so honored to serve all of you.” Whaley was originally elected to the board of directors in 2010.
In addition to serving on the PGA board of directors, Whaley is a mother of two and operates her own golf academy in Connecticut introducing newcomers to the sport. Her rise as a public figure has not been without controversy—her 2002 win has been debated as she was allowed to tee off at a shorter distance than her male competitors. The PGA has since introduced a rule—commonly called the Whaley Rule--revising the practice.