PGA OF AMERICA has confirmed its president Ted Bishop has been removed from office following controversial comments made on social media 24 hours earlier.
Sources told GolfChannel.com that Bishop was given the option to announce his resignation and chose to accept that option.
Though his tenure was scheduled to end November 22, with vice president Derek Sprague to serve as incoming president, there was no immediate indication of who would serve in the interim.
The PGA of America said its Board of Directors voted to remove Bishop, the 38th PGA President, from office for insensitive gender-based statements posted yesterday on social media. The Board deemed the remarks to be inconsistent with the policies of the PGA.
“The PGA of America understands the enormous responsibility it has to lead this great game and to enrich lives in our society through golf,” said PGA Chief Executive Officer Pete Bevacqua.
“We must demand of ourselves that we make golf both welcoming and inclusive to all who want to experience it, and everyone at the PGA of America must lead by example.”
Under the Bylaws of the PGA Constitution, Vice President Derek Sprague has been appointed the Association’s Interim President until November 22, when the election of new national officers takes place at the 98th PGA Annual Meeting. PGA Secretary Paul Levy will assume the dual responsibilities of Vice President and Secretary until the election.
“The Members and Apprentices of the PGA of America must uphold the highest standards and values of the profession, as well as the manner in which we conduct ourselves at all times,” said Sprague, the PGA General Manager and Director of Golf at Malone (New York) Golf Club.
“We apologise to any individual or group that felt diminished, in any way, by this unacceptable incident.”