Suzy Whaley continues to break barriers as first female president of the PGA of America

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    PGA Master Professional Suzy Whaley has been officially voted in as the 41st President of the PGA of America. Whaley, who was recently named the PGA Director of Instruction at Mirasol in Palm Beach Gardens, on top of being PGA Director of Golf at Suzy Whaley Golf in Cromwell, Connecticut, becomes the first woman ever to serve as PGA President.

    "Serving the nearly 29,000 PGA Professionals as PGA President is the honor of a lifetime and my way of saying thank you for all the PGA of America has given me," said Whaley in a statement. "I may be the first woman to serve as President, but first, I'm a PGA Professional, and I am incredibly excited by the opportunities that lie ahead."

    The former LPGA TV golf commentator, who now runs her own instruction and coaching business, is the first woman to serve as a PGA Officer in the roles of PGA President, Vice President and Secretary.

    "Together, we aim to invite everyone to join a game they can play for a lifetime," added Whaley in her press release. "So our courses more closely resemble the communities we serve. I am grateful for the trust our Membership has placed in me, and I Iook forward to pursuing these opportunities with optimism, purpose and joy."

    Whaley is no stranger tp breaking gender barriers. She qualified and participated in the 2003 Greater Hartford Open, making her the first woman to have qualified for a PGA Tour event since Babe Zaharias in 1945.

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