PGA TOUR Commissioner Finchem Named 2014 World Golf Foundation Chair

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January 08, 2014

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Tim Finchem, Commissioner of the PGA TOUR, has been named Chairman of the World Golf Foundation’s Board of Directors for 2014. Finchem succeeds Mike Whan, the Commissioner of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), who served as the 2013 Board Chairman.

Tim Finchem began his 20th year as commissioner of the PGA TOUR in June 2013. From the time Finchem joined the TOUR management team, he has played a key role in strengthening the PGA TOUR's position as one of the most successful, well-respected sports organizations in the world, and his leadership has helped foster the growth of the game, both domestically and internationally.

Finchem has also been instrumental in the formation of the World Golf Foundation. His personal dedication to the success of the World Golf Foundation's The First Tee initiative has meant that, in just 15 years, The First Tee has grown to include close to 200 chapters that have reached more than 7.6 million young people.

“It is an honor to be selected as Chairman and I’m looking forward to working closely with our game’s leaders to address issues of global importance,” said Finchem. “Golf has never been healthier worldwide and it is our responsibility to ensure its continued vitality.”

“Tim’s long-time leadership in the golf industry will be critical as we focus on enhancing the growth of the game worldwide,” said Steve Mona, Chief Executive Officer of the World Golf Foundation. “He has an outstanding record of achievement and we look forward to his leadership in 2014.”

In addition to Finchem and Whan, the other World Golf Foundation Board members are Pete Bevacqua, Chief Executive Officer of the PGA of America; Mike Davis, Executive Director of the United States Golf Association; Peter Dawson, Chief Executive of The R&A; Will Jones, Executive Director of The Masters Tournament Foundation and George O’Grady, Chief Executive of the PGA European Tour. Chris Normyle, Manager, Sponsorships and Events of the Shell Oil Company, also serves on the WGF Board as a representative of the WGF’s Founding Partner.

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