Suzy Whaley

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Suzy Whaley
Personal information
Bornc. 1967
Nationality United States
Former tour(s)LPGA Tour
Best results in LPGA major championships
ANA InspirationDNP
Women's PGA C'shipCUT: 2003, 2004, 2005
U.S. Women's OpenDNP
du Maurier ClassicDNP
Women's British OpenDNP

Suzy Whaley (born c. 1967)[1] is a professional golfer, from Connecticut, who in November 2018 became the first woman President of the PGA of America.[2] [3] In 2003, she became the first woman in 58 years to qualify for a PGA Tour event when she qualified for the 2003 Greater Hartford Open, after winning the 2002 Connecticut PGA Championship. She was also the first woman to win a PGA individual professional tournament. She is currently recognized by Golf for Women as a top 50 female instructor and is a Board Member and Advisor for numerous organizations including Golfer Girl Magazine. She is an LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) member who played on the LPGA Tour in 1993.

Whaley's achievement is questioned by some because the regional qualifying tournament she won, the 2002 Connecticut PGA Championship, which gained her a place in the Greater Hartford Open, was aided by her being allowed to play the course off tees 699 yards shorter than the men she competed against in that regional qualifying: she played 6,239 yards, while the men had to play 6,938 yards (a 10% shorter course).[4]

This anomaly was addressed later by the PGA, under the "Whaley rule", introduced in 2003, which requires all entrants at qualifying tournaments, whether male or female, to play off the same tees.[4]

In 2014, Whaley became the first female officer in the PGA, as PGA secretary.[5]

See also[edit]

Female golfers who have competed in men's PGA tournaments:


  1. ^ "Whaley taking pressure in stride". ESPN. Associated Press. July 23, 2003. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  2. ^ Yantz, Ton (August 9, 2016). "Suzy Whaley In Line To Become The PGA's First Woman President". Hartford Courant.
  3. ^ "Madam President: New PGA of America prez Suzy Whaley on breaking barriers in golf" GOLF, Nov. 9, 2018 [[1]]
  4. ^ a b Blauvelt, Harry (January 28, 2003). "PGA changes rules for women". USA Today. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  5. ^ Marot, Michael (November 22, 2014). "Suzy Whaley Becomes 1st Female Officer at PGA". ABC News. Associated Press. Retrieved November 23, 2014.