Mr. Peter Dawson
Mr. Ty Votaw
Mr. Antony Scanlon
The IGF Board is currently composed of 11 members who convene regularly. They are responsible for planning, organisation, financing and general oversight of the IGF. The current board members are:
IGF Women’s Chairman
Puerto Rico Golf Association
Augusta National Golf Club
PGA of America
The administrative Committee is currently composed of 18 members. The current Administrative Committee members are:
Mr. Clive Edginton
Joint Chairman of the Board
Mrs. Nobuko Hirayama
IGF Women’s Chairman
Japan Golf Association
Mrs. Diana Murphy
Joint Chairman of the Board
Ms. Stasia Collins
Mr. Miguel Leeson
Argentine Golf Association
Mr. Michael Sammells
Mr. Scott Simmons
Mr. Lazaro Perez Martinez
Colombian Golf Federation
Mr. Antti Peltoniemi
Finnish Golf Union
Ms. Marion Thannhäuser
German Golf Association
Ms Margaret Hamilton (Advisory)
Hong Kong Golf Association
Mr. Dilip Thomas
Indian Golf Union
Mr. Taimur Amin
Pakistan Golf Federation
Mr. Hyung-mo Kang
Korea Golf Association
Mr. Sidney Wolf
Puerto Rico Golf Association
Mr. Clive Brown
Mr. Geoff Taylor
South African Golf Association
Mr. Gonzaga Escauriaza
Royal Spanish Golf Federation
Mr. Antony Scanlon (Secretary)
International Golf Federation
Mr. Rollo McClure (Advisory)
Golfing Union of Ireland
Mr. Jorge Kahwagi
Mexican Golf Federation
IGF Executive Committee
The Executive Committee is currently composed of nine members. The current Executive Committee members are:
Mr. Keith Pelley
Mr. Peter Bevacqua
PGA of America
Mr. Peter Dawson
Mr. Mike Davis
Mr. Tim Finchem
Mr. Mike Whan
Mr. Ty Votaw
Mr. E. William Jones, Jr
Mr. Martin Slumbers
Mr. Antony Scanlon
Born in Brighton and educated at Lancing College, Mr. Slumbers gained a BSc in Production Engineering and Economics from the University of Birmingham. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in London before embarking on a career in investment banking. He spent 12 years working for Salomon Brothers International in London and Hong Kong, becoming Chief Financial Officer in Asia and then Europe.
In 1998, he joined Deutsche Bank and served in a number of senior executive roles. He was appointed Global Head of Deutsche Bank’s Investment Banking Operations in 2006 and the following year as Global Head of Global Business Services. He was appointed Chief Executive & Secretary of the R&A on October 1 st , 2015.
He is a keen golfer and a member of Worplesdon Golf Club in Surrey where he plays to a handicap of two. He is married with two sons.
Michael (Mike) Whan is the eighth commissioner of the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association), one of the longest-running and most successful women’s sports organizations in the world. Whan assumed the leadership role on Jan. 4, 2010 with an eye toward enhancing existing business relationships, increasing exposure for players and maximizing the LPGA experience for fans.
In his seventh year as Commissioner, Whan has led a resurgence of the LPGA by enhancing business relationships, embracing the global makeup of the Tour and piloting the “See Why It’s Different Out Here” marketing campaign that focuses on the unique and approachable personalities of the LPGA’s players.
During his first five years at the helm, Whan oversaw strong renewal rates amongst title and marketing partners, developed new tournaments that showcase the world’s best players and drove huge increases in the LPGA’s television viewership. Not shy to embrace the global aspect of the LPGA, Whan has expanded playing opportunities throughout Asia while increasing the number of North American tournaments for the U.S.-based Tour. His “role reversal” concept challenges players and staff to think like the sponsors and ensures that everyone plays a role in delivering value to those who financially support the Tour.
Under Whan’s tutelage, the LPGA’s tournament schedule has soared from 23 to 33 with innovative events like the “Founders Cup;” strategic partnerships (KPMG Women’s PGA Championship); The Evian Championship – the LPGA’s fifth major; the eight-country, first-of-its-kind “International Crown;” and the CME Group Tour Championship with its new season-long, $1 million “Race to the CME Globe” points competition attached.
Purses have jumped above $60 million with television ratings showing steady climb and coverage hours surpassing 400 for the first time. In addition, under Whan the developmental Symetra Tour has added six events and increased prize money by 53 percent, the LPGA’s Girls Golf program connected with 50,000 new girls annually in 2015 – up from 5,000 in ’10, and the LPGA’s Teaching division has its largest ever membership and has now expanded into Asia. Now embracing “all things global,” the LPGA caters to fans in 225 countries via the website and boasts television partners in 175 countries. As a testament to Whan’s efforts, in 2015 the LPGA was recognized for its over-all growth –being selected by Sports Business Journal as one of five finalists for “Sports League of the Year” alongside the NBA, NASCAR, MLS & Big East Conference.
Whan developed a passion for golf at a young age, cutting greens and caddying to earn money. He attended Naperville Central High School in Naperville, Ill. for his freshman and sophomore years before transferring to Anderson High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Whan graduated from Miami University of Ohio in 1987 and began his business career the same year at the Proctor and Gamble Company, rising through the ranks as a Brand Assistant, Brand Manager and eventually Director of Marketing, Oral Care, before pursuing his passion for sports.
In 1994-95, he served as a Vice President and General Manager at the Wilson Sporting Goods Company responsible for all aspects of the golf ball and glove business. He also managed the marketing department, two manufacturing facilities and the Research & Development division.
Whan joined the TaylorMade Golf Company as Vice President of Marketing in 1995. Over the course of his four-year tenure, he was promoted to Vice President, Sales and Marketing and eventually EVP/General Manager-North America for TaylorMade-Adidas Golf. In his role as General Manager, Whan’s business unit represented more than 70 percent of the company’s worldwide sales and profit.
Whan served as President/Chief Marketing Officer for Britesmile, Inc., from 1999-2002, before returning to sports as the President-CEO of Mission Hockey, a hockey equipment company. During his seven-year tenure in the hockey business, he restructured and redefined the company, then acquired Itech Sports to create Mission-Itech Hockey. When Whan finalized the sale of Mission-Itech Hockey, it commanded market share leadership in nine product categories, sales in more than 30 countries and had more than 50 percent of the National Hockey League (NHL) players using the brands.
He and his wife, Meg, and his three children—Austin, Wesley and Connor—currently live outside Orlando in Lake Mary, Fla.
Mike Davis began his tenure as the United States Golf Association’s executive director on March 2, 2011, and has since added the title of Chief Executive Officer. Davis is responsible for managing all aspects of the association’s day-to-day operations, including its core functions, essential programs, and human and financial resources. He is also a board member of the International Golf Federation, the World Golf Foundation, Official World Golf Rankings, the World Golf Hall of Fame, and the Captains Club.
Working closely with the USGA president and Executive Committee, Davis provides overall strategic guidance, serves as spokesperson with internal stakeholders and external constituencies, and represents the USGA’s interests within the golf community, courses and clubs, state and regional golf associations, the media, and national and international golf associations.
A native of Chambersburg, Pa., Davis was introduced to golf at age 8 by his father. He and his wife, Cece, have one son, Grant, and reside in Pittstown, N.J.
- Joined Dunlop Sports Enterprises in Japan in 1984
Managing Director through 2013
Advisor through 2015
- Tournament Director for the 2001 World Golf Championships – World Cup in Japan
- Director for the 2010 Asian Amateur Championship in Japan
- Organizing Committee Chairman for the 2014 World Amateur Team Championships in Japan
- Japan Golf Association committee since 2005
(Women’s committee, International Affairs committee, Public Relations committee)
Director since 2014
- Executive Committee of the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation since 2015
- Director of the Japan UNHCR 2006 through 2014
As Chief Executive Officer of the PGA of America, Peter P. Bevacqua guides the business decisions of one of the world’s largest sports organizations, serving the Association’s 28,000 PGA Professionals.
Under Bevacqua’s leadership, in 2014, the PGA designed and implemented a long-term strategic plan, focused on the Association’s two-pronged mission: to serve the PGA member and to grow the game. The plan outlines the PGA’s strategic vision and core business products. It also defines the PGA’s constant pursuit of excellence and commitment to innovation and collaboration, the teamwork and talent exhibited in its culture, and a devotion to diversity and inclusion throughout the Association’s programs and practices.
In October 2013, he successfully negotiated a transformational 15-year media rights extension through 2030 with NBC Sports Group for the Ryder Cup, KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship and PGA Professional Championship. Additionally, Bevacqua spearheaded the addition and renewal of key official patron sponsors and partners—such as Mercedes-Benz USA, OMEGA, Samsung, KitchenAid, National Car Rental and Chase—while working hand-in-hand with Ryder Cup Europe to establish the Ryder Cup’s first Worldwide Partner in Standard Life Investments.
Bevacqua served as co-chair of the highly successful Ryder Cup Task Force that created a blueprint for the United States to achieve long-term success in the event. In 2015, Bevacqua orchestrated an unprecedented partnership between the PGA, LPGA and KPMG to launch the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the first women’s major championship in the PGA of America’s history. In conjunction with the Championship, a leadership summit was also launched to encourage women to use golf in furthering their careers. In addition, Bevacqua facilitated relationships with state and local governments to bring the PGA Championship to historic public facilities at Bethpage Black in New York (2019) and San Francisco’s TPC Harding Park (2020).
Before joining the PGA in 2012, Bevacqua served as Global Head of Golf at Creative Artists Agency (CAA Sports). Prior to that, he was Chief Business Officer for the United States Golf Association (USGA), where he was responsible for all revenue and commercial activities. He also served as the USGA’s first Managing Director of the U.S. Open Championship, charged with running one of golf’s four major championships, while handling all legal business matters related to the event.
Appointed as the World Golf Foundation Board of Directors’ Chairman in 2015, Bevacqua is also a leadership team member for the PGA World Alliance and contributed to the International Golf Federation’s work to return golf to the Olympics, beginning with the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio. Additionally, he is a board member of RISE, an alliance of sports organizations that promote racial equality. Among numerous honors, Bevacqua was awarded the 2016 Sports Leadership Award by the March of Dimes and was named to the “Forty Under 40” class by Sports Business Journal in 2009.
A native of Bedford, N.Y., Bevacqua graduated from the University of Notre Dame magna cum laude (1993), with a B.A. in English. He earned a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center, where he graduated cum laude (1997). He began his professional career in New York City as a legal associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, before joining the USGA. Bevacqua and wife, Tiffany, are parents of a daughter, Samantha Wells, and sons, Arthur William and Jake Dylan.
Born in Aberdeen (Scotland) in 1948 of Scots parents, Peter Dawson graduated from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge in 1969 with an MA degree in Engineering and Business Studies.
His subsequent business career in engineering has provided over 25 years’ experience at Chief Executive level in large private and public companies operating within the British Isles and Europe.
Peter Dawson was appointed Secretary of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews and Chief Executive of the R&A in May 1999 and retired in October 2015.
He was appointed President of the International Golf Federation (IGF) in December 2010.
Peter is married to Juliet and has 2 children, 4 grandchildren.
Sidney Wolf has been involved with golf administration for both the Amateur and Professional game since 1985. He began by conducting golf tournaments, raising funds for charitable causes and creating awareness for Junior Golf in Puerto Rico. Wolf has dedicated himself as a Volunteer to the game within Puerto Rico and the Region. He has been very instrumental in promoting Puerto Rico via golfing events where he began serving with the local sales force for the PGA TOUR event in1985 held at the Hyatt Dorado Beach and has continued up to the present promoting and leading the sport, providing playing opportunities & growing the game. With the support from many, Wolf’s main golf involvement and accomplishments are as follows:
- President of the Puerto Rico Golf Association, 1995 to present
- President of the Caribbean Golf Association, 2012 – 2016
- Vice President of the Caribbean Golf Association, 1996 – 2011
- Founding Member of the Americas Golf Association, 1999
- Administrative Committee of the International Golf Federation, 1998 to present
- Member of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club, 2010 to present
- Member of the USGA Regional Affairs Committee, 1996 to present
- Chairman of the PGA TOUR Puerto Rico Open Tournament, 2007 to present
- Chairman of the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships, 1994, 2002 & 2014
- Chairman of the Copa de las Americas, 2003
- Chairman of the World Amateur Team Championships, 2004
- Chairman of the American Express Puerto Rico Open, 2004 & 2005
- PGA TOUR Latin America PR Classic, 2013 & 2014
- Editor of the Golf & Leisure Magazine, 1989 to 1996
- Member of the Puerto Rico Golf Association Hall of Fame, 2010
- Member of the Puerto Rico Sports Hall of Fame, 2016
- Golf Delegate to the Puerto Rico Olympic Committee, 2015 to present
- President of Sports Group, Inc. and Borinquen Realty Corporation, 1982 to present
- Enjoys golf, fishing, basketball, music & promoting Puerto Rico to the World!
Tim Finchem began his 20th year as commissioner of the PGA TOUR in June 2015. From the time Finchem joined the TOUR management team, he has played a key role in strengthening the PGA TOUR’s position as one of the most successful, well-respected sports organizations in the world, and his leadership has helped foster the growth of the game, both domestically and internationally.
During his tenure, Finchem has greatly expanded the earnings opportunities for PGA TOUR players. The TOUR, through its tournaments and sponsors, has dramatically escalated tournament purses and grown total revenues at an unprecedented rate. Since Finchem became commissioner in 1994, the PGA TOUR and its tournaments have raised more than $1 billion for charitable organizations.
Under Finchem’s leadership, The Presidents Cup was created in 1994, bringing together the world’s best non-European players in team match-play competition against their American counterparts. After nine stagings, The Presidents Cup has grown to be one of the most highly anticipated events on golf’s calendar. The 2013 event will be played at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, OH, while The Presidents Cup 2015 will be contested in South Korea.
Finchem has also been instrumental in the formation of the International Federation of PGA Tours and the World Golf Foundation. His personal dedication to the success of the The First Tee initiative has meant that, since the youth development organization’s inception in 1997, The First Tee has grown to include programming at more than 200 chapters, 4,300 elementary schools and 120 military installations, reaching more than five million young people. Finchem currently serves as the co-chair of The First Tee Campaign for 10 Million Young People and chairman of The First Tee Board of Directors.
An additional accomplishment during Finchem’s tenure has been the development and introduction of the FedExCup, a season-long points competition that culminates with the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. Since 2007, the FedExCup has brought an unparalleled level of late-season focus to and interest in the TOUR, as indicated by significant increases in television and online audiences, tournament attendance, sponsor activation and media coverage.
Born in Ottawa, IL, on April 19, 1947, Finchem graduated from Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, VA. He attended the University of Richmond on a debate scholarship, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1969. He graduated from the University of Virginia Law School in 1973. After practicing law in Virginia Beach for three years, Finchem served in the White House as Deputy Advisor to the President in the Office of Economic Affairs in 1978 and 1979. In the early 1980s, Finchem co-founded the National Strategies and Marketing Group in Washington, D.C.
Finchem is the recipient of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America’s Old Tom Morris Award for 2001, the PGA of America’s Distinguished Service Award for 2002, the Dick Schaap Lifetime Achievement in Sports Award in 2005 and the 2010 Donald Ross Award from the American Society of Golf Course Architects.
Finchem and his wife, the former Holly Bachand, have four children and live in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
Ty Votaw is Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for the PGA TOUR. He joined the PGA TOUR in December 2005.
As Chief Marketing Officer, Votaw oversees all integrated Marketing, Advertising, Brand Development, Communications, and Public Relations functions at the TOUR.
In addition, Votaw will continue to work with the other professional tours and golf organizations around the world on a variety of topics on behalf of the PGA TOUR whether it involves the World Golf Foundation, the International Golf Federation or the International Federation of PGA TOURS.
In July 2008, the International Golf Federation, recognized as the representative body for golf by the International Olympic Committee, created an Olympic Golf Committee to drive its effort for the sport’s inclusion in the 2016 Games and named Votaw as Executive Director. Votaw led golf’s Olympic effort and in October 2009 the International Olympic Committee voted to include golf, along with Rugby Sevens, in the 2016 Olympic Games. In December 2010, the Board of the International Golf Federation (IGF) appointed Votaw as IGF Vice President. In that role he worked on behalf of the IGF and the sport as a whole to ensure golf’s re-entry into the Olympic Games in 2016 was a success, which it ultimately proved to be. Gold medalists Justin Rose of Great Britain and Inbee Park of South Korea highlighted captivating play throughout the two weeks in Rio de Janeiro that saw six different nations claim medals before sellout crowds on the final day of the men’s and women’s competitions, significant international television audiences and highly positive media coverage.
Prior to joining the PGA TOUR, Votaw served as Commissioner of the LPGA. During his seven years as Commissioner, he developed and executed a Fans First strategic business plan, designed to enhance the fan experience and increase the marketability of the association and its players. The plan produced record increases in tournament attendance, television viewership and economic opportunities for LPGA players. International television coverage and the LPGA’s international tournament portfolio also increased under Votaw.
Prior to joining the LPGA, Votaw worked for the Cincinnati-based law firm, Taft, Stettinius & Hollister. He is a native of Greenford, Ohio, a graduate of Ohio University and earned his law degree at the University of North Carolina.
Antony Scanlon, in October 2010 was appointed the Executive Director of the International Golf Federation (IGF). Where he relocated the IGF from the USA and established its headquarters at Maison du Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Scanlon is responsible for the promotion golf as an Olympic Sport, the international development of Golf and with representing Golf within the Olympic Movement. Additionally he will ensure the successful delivery and organisation of the golf competition when it makes its return at the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro in 2016.
Prior to this he held the position of Head of Olympic Games Coordination, Services and Operations, at the International Olympic Committee. In this role, he has been responsible for the coordination of all aspects of both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. Scanlon was charged with monitoring each Organising Committees’ (OCOG) deliverables and globally facilitating the necessary support to help the OCOGs throughout each stage leading up to the delivery of the Olympic Games.
Scanlon’s Olympic experience began in Sydney where he held a senior position within the Sydney 2000 Organising Committee for the Olympic Games.
On Monday August 3, 2015, Canadian Keith Pelley became the fourth Chief Executive in the history of The European Tour. Prior to joining The European Tour, he was President of Rogers Media in Toronto where he was responsible for leading the overall operations of the company’s diverse portfolio, including Television, Radio, Publishing, Digital Media, The Shopping Channel, subscription-based content services, Toronto Blue Jays, and Rogers Centre. Before that, he was Executive Vice-President of Strategic Planning at CTVglobemedia, President of Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium – which won a record seven awards for its coverage of Vancouver 2010 – President and CEO of the Toronto Argonauts Football Club, and President of The Sports Network in Canada, a company he first joined as an Editorial Assistant in 1986. He is a graduate of Ryerson University with a BA in Radio and Television Arts, and also received an ATCL diploma from Trinity College in London.