Waugh Steps Down as CEO of PGA of America After Six-Year Tenure

Seth Waugh stepping aside after many years (PGA)

Seth Waugh, the CEO of the PGA of America, is stepping down after six years of remarkable leadership, marked by serious growth in golf participation and membership.

During his tenure, the organization relocated its headquarters from Florida to a state-of-the-art composite in Texas and secured a lucrative 11-year TV deal with CBS and ESPN.

Seth Waugh (PGA)

Waugh’s impact on the game has been profound, with golf participation reaching an all-time high and membership surpassing 30,000.

He has been instrumental in making the game more inclusive, with a focus on increasing diversity and women’s participation. The fastest-growing demographic in golf is now women and people of color, a testament to Waugh’s vision and leadership.

Waugh’s dedication to golf professionals has also been a hallmark of his tenure. He introduced a deferred compensation retirement plan for PGA of America members, a first in the organization’s 110-year history.

Membership satisfaction has reached an all-time high, and the average salary for professionals has exceeded $100,000 for the first time.

Industry leaders have praised Waugh’s leadership and impact on the game. PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan and Masters chairman Fred Ridley have acknowledged his contributions, with Ridley noting that Waugh’s “voice on important issues has been steady and stellar.”

Waugh will remain involved in golf, transitioning to a senior advisory role with the PGA of America. He will continue to be involved in key events, including the British Open and the Paris Olympics.

The search for a new CEO has begun, with Kerry Haigh serving as interim CEO. Waugh’s legacy will be remembered for generations to come, and his impact on the game of golf will continue to be felt.