#FemaleLeaders - Suzy Whaley

In November 2018, Suzy Whaley was elected as the first female President of the PGA of America. Her incredible career as a coach, an awesome player, and pioneer for women has earned her well deserved recognition as a leader and role model throughout the industry and for women.

Suzy Whaley is an incredible example as a women leader who has paved the way for the next generation. She is the epitome of Empowerment and Leadership. As one of the first female golfers to qualify for the PGA Championship and to play with the boys, she started the trend!

Here are highlights of her incredible career:

Awards & Accolades

  • First Female President of the PGA of America

  • First Female Elected as an Office of the PGA of America

  • Golf Digest Top 50 Instructor

  • LPGA Top 50 Instructor

  • 2-time Connecticut PGA Teacher of the Year

  • 10-time Golf Digest State Teacher of the Year

  • US Kids Golf Master Kids Teacher

  • PGA Master Professional

  • 5-time PGA Junior League National Finals Coach

  • 2016 Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame inductee

  • Board Member for the ANNIKA Foundation

  • Honorary Director for the First Tee of Connecticut

  • Received 2017 Betsy Rawls Award from the American Junior Golf Association for her service, dedication and contributions to women’s golf

  • Named a 2015 Sports Business Journal “Game Changer,” cited as a woman leader who has had a major impact on sports business

  • Received 2015 Margo Dydek Award from the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun, for her ability to engage, challenge and inspire, while serving as a role model.

Playing History

  • LPGA Tour Member – 1990 & 1993

  • Participated in 2003 Greater Hartford Open, famously becoming the first woman since Babe Zaharias to qualify for a PGA Tour Event in 1945

  • 3-time Connecticut Women’s Open Champion

  • National LPGA Teaching & Club Professional winner

  • Connecticut PGA Section Champion

  • Connecticut PGA Club Professional Champion

  • 2-time LPGA Northeast T&CP Section Champion.

  • Competed in both the 2002 and 2005 PGA Professional Championships.

  • Competed in the USGA Senior Women's Open, as well at the LPGA Senior Women’s Championship.

Work Experience

  • 5 years at Jim Flick Golf Schools

  • Head Golf Professional at Blue Fox Run (Avon, CT)

  • LPGA Golf Commentator for ESPN

  • Founded Suzy Whaley Golf School

On top of all of that, Suzy Whaley is also a mother of two accomplished daughters.

We appreciate all that Suzy has done for the game and for women! She is an inspiration.