SBD/Issue 15/Leagues & Governing Bodies

Sources Say New LPGA Commissioner To Be Chosen By Late October

 
A decision on the LPGA's new commissioner "will be made by late October after head-hunting firm Spencer Stuart conducts another round of interviews with finalists," according to sources cited by Ron Sirak of GOLF WORLD. Sources said that the "top contenders to emerge" are WNBA President Donna Orender and USGA Chief Business Officer Pete Bevacqua (GOLF WORLD, 10/5 issue). However, sources said that LPGA acting Commissioner Marty Evans Tuesday told players that "while the field of candidates is being narrowed, no hiring is imminent." Evans "didn't specifically identify candidates, even to her membership." Evans: "The search committee is working very diligently. ... We will not bug them about hurrying up." GOLFCHANNEL.com's Randall Mell noted Evans' meeting with players was her "second since becoming acting commissioner." Golfer Meg Mallon: "I had one player tell me these are the best players meetings she has been to in 14 years." Mell noted Evans has "elevated player spirits telling them 18 contracts are already signed with tournaments for 2010, and she expects agreements with at least 24 tournaments next year." While that is "down from 27 this year, 34 a year ago, it was welcome news for players fearing a far darker future." Golfer Lorie Kane said Evans has "helped us get on the right path again." Mell wrote Evans has been "virtually omnipresent at LPGA events, making an appearance at every tournament but one since becoming acting commissioner." The financial losses the LPGA "will incur with a shrinking schedule may force Evans to make tough budget decisions before the next commissioner takes over." Evans "didn't indicate layoffs were imminent, but something's got to give with less revenues projected next year" (GOLFCHANNEL.com, 10/1).

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