PGA SECRETARY TED BISHOP SERVED AS DISTRICT 6 DIRECTOR ON THE PGA BOARD of Directors and since 1991 has worked as general manager and PGA director of golf at The Legends of Indiana Golf Club in Franklin, Ind. He was elected PGA Secretary in November 2008.
Bishop is well-versed in virtually every aspect of Association governance. He has served on the PGA Board of Directors since 2006 and served on the PGA Board of Control from 2002–05. Bishop was a successful proponent for The PGA of America’s return to the committee system, which was restored in 1999.
Bishop chairs the PGA Membership Committee and is a past chair of the PGA Code of Ethics Task Force. In addition, he is a member of both the PGA Budget and PGA Properties Committees. Previously, he evaluated hundreds of membership matters while sitting on the PGA Board of Control.
Bishop became part of a limited partnership in 1991 that has since owned and managed The Legends of Indiana Golf Club and oversaw its construction of a 45-hole complex that is the home of the Indiana PGA Section and Indiana Golf Association. Bishop serves as president of the Indiana Golf Foundation.
Bishop began his professional career as a PGA Professional and superintendent at the Phil Harris Golf Course in Linton, Ind., serving from 1976–1991. He was elected to PGA membership in September 1985 and has served in a leadership capacity at either the Section or National levels since 1989. From 1997–98, Bishop served as president of the Indiana PGA Section.
He was named the 1998 Indiana PGA Golf Professional of the Year. He is also a two-time (1996–97) Section Bill Strausbaugh Award recipient and the Section 1991 Horton Smith Award winner. On the course, Bishop was a four-time Indiana Open qualifier. Since 2007, he has served on the City of Franklin, Ind., Planning Commission.
Bishop earned a bachelor’s degree in agronomy from Purdue University in 1976. He and his wife, Cindy, live in Franklin, Ind., and are the parents of daughters Ashely, a membership director at The Legends of Indiana Golf Club, and Ambry LaRosa, a PGA assistant professional at St. Andrews Golf Club in Hastings-on-Hudson, N. Y., and the head women’s golf coach at St. John’s University.
Ted Bishop, PGA Secretary, The PGA of America The Legends of Indiana Golf Club, Franklin, Ind.
Brian Whitcomb, PGA Honorary President, The PGA of America Lost Tracks Golf Club, Bend, Ore.
AFTER TWO REMARKABLE YEARS AS PRESIDENT OF THE PGA OF AMERICA, BRIAN Whitcomb has brought his keen insight, skills and business knowledge from the perspective of a successful golf course business owner into his role as PGA Honorary President.
Elected in 2006, as the 35th PGA President, Whitcomb championed the growth of
the PGA Professional through innovative means of communication that utilized the
best of new and old media alike. He instigated popular face-to-face Town Hall
Meetings with PGA members to bring the importance of one-on-one communication
to the forefront. All the while, he elevated the PGA member by ensuring they were
positioned as the recognized experts in the game and business of golf during a historic
rebranding of The PGA. Whitcomb steered the capital improvement program for
A PGA member since 1984, Whitcomb began his career in 1978, at the Arizona Biltmore
Country Club in Phoenix. In 1981, he leased Paradise Valley Park Golf Course, also in
Phoenix, and built an additional nine holes of golf. In 1989, he designed and built The 500
Club in Phoenix, which he operates with Tom Sneva, the winner of the 1983 Indianapolis
500. In 1992, he designed and built Club West in Phoenix, which he sold in 1998.
Whitcomb attended Arizona State University from 1975–78, earning a bachelor’s degree in physical education and competing as a member of the university golf team. He was a finalist in the National Long Drive competition in 1985 and ’ 86.
Whitcomb serves on the Folds of Honor Board of Directors, a foundation created by PGA Professional Dan Rooney. The foundation provides post-secondary educational scholarships for children and spouses of military service men and women killed or disabled while serving our great nation.
Whitcomb and his wife, Stefanie, have two children, Ryan and Megan.
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