D&I in Golf
Diversity and Inclusion

PGA of America Milestones in Diversity

As an Association, we have achieved numerous diversity and inclusion milestones in the last 20+ years. 

While tremendous opportunity exists for continued growth, and there is work to be done, let’s take a moment to celebrate and reflect upon some of our achievements in recent history.

  • Implemented an open membership practice requirement for our Championship host sites
  • Instituted a supplier diversity initiative, sourcing greater quantities of goods and services for our Major Championships from minority- and women-owned businesses
  • Instituted a Community Relations Program to integrate our Major Championships with community-based charities that support diversity and inclusion initiatives
  • Assumed ownership and operations of the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship presented by CastleOak Securities, now in its 30th year
  • Appointed the first multi-cultural member and women members to the national PGA Board of Directors
  • The Minnesota and Northern California Sections of The PGA nominated the first women Section Presidents
  • The first woman PGA member was elected to the national PGA Board of Directors, a second followed quickly thereafter
  • Women PGA members began running for national office
  • Launched the PGA Diversity Scholarship Fund
  • Committed to support veterans nationwide through golf programming that provides physical, mental and social rehabilitation
  • Committed to support Special Olympics Golf programming, including hosting select Special Olympic Golf National Invitational Tournaments at PGA Golf Club
  • Drove development and deployment of Get Golf Ready nationwide in which 66% of the participants are women and 24% are minorities
  • Led implementation of the golf industry’s “Connecting With Her” strategic initiative to grow women’s participation and retention in golf
  • Launched reciprocal membership program with LPGA to increase the number of female professionals in both Associations
  • Women comprise 51% of the PGA of America national staff
  • Implemented a dedicated Diversity & Inclusion Department at PGA Headquarters
  • Implemented a national Diversity & Inclusion Committee
  • Hosted and mentored emerging leaders from Egypt, Jordan and Qatar in the U.S. Department of State and espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program
  • Joined the Diversity & Inclusion Sports Consortium alongside Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, NASCAR, the NBA/WNBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL, the United States Olympic Committee and the United States Tennis Association
  • Joined forces with the LPGA to launch the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit
  • Hosted the 3rd Annual Sports Diversity and Inclusion Symposium featuring some of the most influential and prominent leaders from Olympic, Paralympic, professional and amateur athletic organizations across the country
  • Suzy Whaley elected as the 39th Secretary of the PGA of America  and the first woman to hold national office in the history of the Association
  • With the support of key influencers and golf allied organizations, the PGA of America spearheaded a successful campaign which resulted in Dr. Charles L. Sifford, PGA, being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom

  • Implemented an internal Diversity & Inclusion Council to align and operationalize our D&I strategy with the strategies of our Core Business Products and Functional Support Groups

  • Committed to support the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE), a nonprofit organization dedicated to harnessing the unifying power of sport to advance race relations and drive social progress

  • Launched PGA LEAD emerging leaders program to identify, mentor and progress a dedicated group of PGA members from diverse backgrounds, who aspire to leadership roles within the Association, along a guided path