Who is the new President of the PGA of America?

By: October 30, 2020

Yesterday became Jim Richerson, Troon’s Senior Vice President of Operations the 42nd President of the PGA of America.

The 32-year golf industry veteran will serve a two-year term representing 29,000 PGA Professionals & Associates in leading the PGA of America, the world’s largest sports organization.

Did you know?

Troon is the largest employer of PGA of America members and associates with more than 600 employed at facilities worldwide.  

Jim Richerson Troon PGA of America

He had just completed a two-year term as Vice President of the PGA of America and replaces out-going President Suzy Whaley, PGA.  

Background of the 42nd President of the PGA of America

Richerson has been with Troon since 2017 in the role of Senior Vice President Operations. He is part of the team responsible for growing and operating Troon’s portfolio of managed facilities throughout the company’s related brands.

Prior to joining Troon, Richerson served as Kohler Co.’s General Manager and Director of Golf for over 11 years, overseeing operations at Whistling Straits & Blackwolf Run in Wisconsin and The Duke’s Course in St. Andrews, Scotland. 

He played an integral role for the Kohler Properties in conducting four major golf championships serving as an executive committee member for

  • the 2007 U.S. Senior Open;
  • the 2010 PGA Championship;
  • the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open, where he also served as the general chair; and the 2015 PGA Championship.

Richerson spent the first 18 years of his career affiliated with the Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Golf Corporation, holding various executive and management positions at golf properties in six states.