Seth Waugh Named PGA of America CEO
Seth Waugh, a former Deutsche Bank Americas CEO, has been named Chief Executive Officer of the PGA of America. Waugh will guide the business and overall strategy of one of the world’s largest sports organizations, serving the Association’s nearly 29,000 PGA Professionals into an exciting new era.
An Independent Director on the PGA of America Board of Directors, Waugh is completing a three-year term of service, during which the Association focused on a long-term strategic plan to serve the PGA Member and grow the game.
Since 2017, Waugh has served as a Senior Advisor and then a Managing Director at Silver Lake, a global leader in technology investing. He will continue on as a Senior Advisor to the firm.
In 2016, he was also appointed Non-Executive Chairman of Alex. Brown, following the sale of Deutsche Bank’s Private Client Services division to Raymond James. Waugh also served in the management of Florida East Coast Industries in 2014.
“It is an honor and privilege to be invited to lead this remarkable Association into its second century,” said Waugh. “Like so many, I share a passion for the game that has given so much to me, and in the process, has somehow become a huge influence in my life. The opportunity to work with the nearly 29,000 PGA Professionals and others in the game to give back and to help our beautiful sport evolve is a true gift. I look forward to getting into the field to engage with our Members, learn more about the issues that matter most to them, and look for ways to enhance their careers and lives. I am grateful for the trust that the Officers and the Board are showing in me. It will be exciting to see all the good that we can do together as an Association and an industry.
Bruso and Karbowski Dominate Sr/ Jr
Rick Karbowski, PGA (Auburn Driving Range) and Bob Bruso, PGA (Blackstone National GC) shot a combined 11-under-par score of 59 to win the Senior/ Junior Championship at Haverhill CC in Haverhill, Mass on Monday. Their round is one of the lowest in NEPGA history.
The format of four-ball stroke play fostered a great opportunity for PGA Professionals over the age of 50 to mentor and play a round with a PGA Professional under the age of 50. Teamwork was a factor on the course as they were able to card the best ball between the duo.
Karbowski and Bruso embodied the team aspect of the event. They began the day on the tenth hole and made the back nine of the course look easy. The Blackstone National- Auburn Driving Range team made birdies on the 12th, 13th, and 14th holes, and finished the side with three more on 16, 17, and 18.
On the front side the duo carded their only bogey on the day, on the sixth hole. However, with Bruso’s long-driving abilities and Karbowski’s strong putting stroke, they more than made up for the deficit. On the eighth hole, Bruso sunk a 20ft putt to make eagle. On the day, they made a total of ten birdies to finish at their total 59.
“We made a lot of putts, Rick really had it going the entire round and he was making everything, it was great. He really inspired me to make some putts and we hit the ball on the green and said to each other ‘we have to make this’ and I just felt so good with the putter,” said Bruso following the round.