HAMDEN, Connecticut - Quinnipiac women's golf volunteer assistant coach Suzy Whaley
has been elected President of the PGA of America as announced by the association on Friday. Whaley is the first female in history to be elected to this role.
"It's an honor and a privilege to have Suzy so involved and supportive of our program and university," said Quinnipiac head coach John O'Connor
. "Suzy has been a part of the golf team since [her daughter] Jenn was a freshman 6 years ago and the program has grown and improved tremendously largely due to having her at practice, tournaments and championships. The Quinnipiac University women's golf team understands and greatly appreciates what it means to have a groundbreaking leader like Suzy as a part of our program."
Suzy Whaley joined the Quinnipiac women's golf staff as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2013-14 season. Whaley was elected as the PGA's Secretary at the PGA Annual Meeting in 2014, and became the first woman to ever be elected as an officer of the association.
Whaley is most recognized as being the first woman to qualify and participate in a PGA Tour event in close to 60 years when she captured the 2003 Connecticut PGA Section Championship. A three-time Connecticut Open winner, she also captured National LPGA T&CP, CT PGA Section and CPC championships.
An instructor of the game for more than 20 years, she has been honored with the 2003 PGA Connecticut Section Bill Strausbaugh Award, presented to a PGA Professional who by their day-to-day efforts have distinguished themselves by mentoring their fellow PGA Professionals in improving their employment situations and through service to the community. In addition, she was also named the Connecticut Section Teacher of the Year in 2004 and 2007 and the LPGA Northeast Section Teach of the Year in 2008 and 2011. She was honored by Golf Digest Magazine as one of the top instructors in the PGA Connecticut Chapter from 2007 through 2012 and was also named a LPGA Top 50 Instructor over that time period.
In 2012, Whaley was named the sixth recipient of the Nancy Lopez Achievement Award, which was created by the LPGA T&CP in 2007 and given to an LPGA professional who emulates qualities valued by Lopez: Leadership; Passion; Giving; and Approachability.
Whaley has also served, for three terms, as the Sponsor and Marketing Chair, as well as Communications Chair of the PGA Connecticut Section and the PGA National Instruction Committee. She also served as the Chair of the PGA Connecticut Section "Growth of the Game" committee and is currently in her second term on the Connecticut PGA Board of Directors. In 2011-12 she served as the Chair of the National PGA Junior Golf committee and has been on the PGA Board of Directors since 2010.
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