PGA Vice President Suzy Whaley is the PGA Director of Instruction at Suzy Whaley Golf in Cromwell, Connecticut. Previously, Whaley was elected PGA Secretary at the PGA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis on Nov. 22, 2014, becoming the first woman to ever be elected as an Officer of the Association.
A member of the National PGA Board of Directors from 2011-2013, Whaley has also served on the Connecticut PGA Section Board of Directors, as well as the Section’s Vice President at Large. On the National Level, she has sat as Chair of the Junior Committee and as Co-Chair of the Player Development Committee. In addition, she has been a member of the Instruction and Diversity Committees.
Recognized as a Top 50 golf instructor by Golf Digest, Whaley started at TPC River Highlands in 2005 and is now the Director of Instruction of Suzy Whaley Golf. From 2004-2006, she worked as an LPGA Golf Commentator for ESPN. Whaley was also PGA Head Golf Professional at Blue Fox Run Golf Course from 2002-2004; and a PGA Teaching Professional at Tumble Brook Country Club from 1998-2001, and for Nicklaus Flick Golf Schools from 1995-2001.
A highly decorated golfer, Whaley was a member of the LPGA Tour in 1990 and 1993, and most famously qualified and participated in the 2003 Greater Hartford Open, as she became the first woman since Babe Zaharias in 1945 to qualify for an event on the PGA Tour. This occurred as a result of Whaley becoming the first PGA of America woman professional to win the Connecticut PGA Section Championship. The Connecticut PGA Section recognized Whaley as its PGA Teacher of the Year in 2004 and 2007, and as its Bill Strausbaugh Award recipient in 2003.
Whaley is also a three-time Connecticut Women's Open Champion; National LPGA T&CP Champion Connecticut PGA Section Champion; Connecticut PGA Club Professional Champion; and a two-time LPGA Northeast T&CP Section Champion in 2002 and 2005. Among her many other accolades are: 2013 U.S. Kids Master Top-50 Instructors; 2012 LPGA National Nancy Lopez Achievement Award Winner; 2010-2013 Golf Digest Top-5 Female Teacher; 2010-2013 U.S. Kids Top-50 Teachers; 2008-2013 LPGA Top-50 Instructor; 2007-2013 PGA Top Instructor Honors in Connecticut by Golf Digest; 2008 and 2011 LPGA T&CP Northeast Section Teacher of the Year; 2003 Gold Key Award Winner from the Hartford Courant; 2003 Role Model of the Year for the Connecticut Girl Scout Association; and one of the Golf for Women Top-50 Teachers.
A member of the Board of Directors of the First Tee of Connecticut, Whaley has also been an EWGA Foundation Board Member, as well as a presenter at the National Golf Course Owners Association 20/20 Conference and an Education Presenter for Sections of the PGA and LPGA. She is a Volunteer Assistant Golf Coach for both the Quinnipiac University Women's Golf Team and the Farmington High School Girls Golf Team. Whaley has hosted LPGA USGA Girls Golf Club events for more than 1,000 girls and participated in the PE2Tee Golf in Schools program in 44 schools in Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Whaley is a 1989 graduate of the University of North Carolina with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. She and her husband, Bill, are both PGA members. They have two daughters, Jennifer and Kelly.
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