Mr. Mike Whan suddenly announced his resignation as Special Envoy for LPGA Tour this year, but has not determined a specific date.

“I wouldn’t leave the LPGA Tour if I think the future of this arena is uncertain or not moving forward. The fact is that after the challenges of 2020, more than ever we are still financially assured, leadership skills. and with the warm support of the sponsors, the LPGA Tour is entering new heights, and as such, I am excited to hand over my power and mission to my successor, and certainly, I am still with the LPGA Tour, “Whan wrote in an open letter to the administrative apparatus, member golfers and sponsors on January 6.

Mike Whan presented the Rolex Cup to the best female Golfer of 2019 at the Ritz-Carlton golf complex, Naples, Florida, on November 21, 2019.  Photo: LPGA Tour

Mike Whan presented the Rolex Cup to the best female Golfer of 2019 at the Ritz-Carlton golf complex, Naples, Florida, on November 21, 2019. Image: LPGA Tour

Whan is the oldest special envoy in LPGA Tour history since 1950. Over 11 years in charge, he has helped the American professional women’s golf arena escape the risk of bankruptcy, overcoming market challenges, and most recently. , via Covid-19. The epidemic caused the season to be interrupted for five months, losing more than 10 events, but the bonus per leg decreased slightly and the TV audience increased 30%.

Recently, LPGA Tour announced this year’s schedule of 34 events with a record prize fund of $ 76.45 million. In 2010, the year Whan took over, the LPGA Tour was only $ 41.4 million for 24 awards – the lowest level in nearly four decades.

During his time at the helm, in addition to his resignation influence, Whan also had “soft power”. When the LPGA Tour took a break from translation, he personally visited and encouraged members, especially the rookie, at the same time advocated using a reserve fund to support golfer who had difficulty in losing bonus income. When rematching in late July, Whan was judged by experts for his excellence as a field reporter Golf Channel Thanks to the intimacy and understanding of the members.

“Mike rebuilt, then shaped the future of the arena with new leagues, new sponsors and through it new values. He has the ability to rarely move and excite everyone. People, of many ages – from their backgrounds, enforcing the vision together. We are proud of Mike, “commented Vicki Goetze-Ackerman, chairman of the LPGA Tour member golf course.

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