World Golf Foundation, First Tee Tabs McLaughlin As New Leader
Golf industry veteran GREG MCLAUGHLIN has been named World Golf Foundation CEO and The First Tee President, a newly combined executive role. He also will oversee the World Golf HOF. McLaughlin, who currently serves as PGA Tour Champions President, will begin his new job Jan. 1, with the goal of expanding the reach and impact of the organizations. He replaces STEVE MONA at the World Golf Foundation; Mona will retire next year. The First Tee CEO KEITH DAWKINS left his position two months ago. JACK PETER, who has served as World Golf HOF President since '02, will retire at the end of this year. World Golf HOF VP/Business Affairs BRODIE WATERS will lead the HOF's structure, funding and operations with McLaughlin’s oversight, and will also oversee PR and communications for the World Golf Foundation (John Lombardo, THE DAILY). McLaughlin said the new roles give him the "platform to create awareness around the game." McLaughlin: "We have a duty to pay it forward for the next generation and continue to make those contributions." He added, "It's really carrying this message forward, creating a strategic direction" ("Golf Central," Golf Channel, 11/28). The AP's Doug Ferguson noted McLaughlin just "completed his fourth year running the PGA Tour Champions." Before joining the Tour, McLaughlin had "spent 14 years" as CEO of the Tiger Woods Foundation (AP, 11/28).
PERFECT FIT: PGA Tour Commissioner and World Golf Foundation Chair JAY MONAHAN said that McLaughlin’s "experiences in sports, business and non-for-profit endeavors will help him further the WGF’s mission and build upon the vision of The First Tee as the restructured organizations work more closely together." GOLF DIGEST's Ryan Herrington noted MILLER BRADY, a 19-year veteran of the PGA Tour, will "take over McLaughlin’s responsibilities with the PGA Tour Champions." Most recently he "worked with McLaughlin" as the Senior VP/Chief of Operations for the Tour (GOLFDIGEST.com, 11/28).