Commissioner receives award from Golf Writers Association of America for outstanding contributions to golf
Mike Whan, who took over a struggling LPGA tour in 2010 and engineered a turnaround of the golf’s top women’s circuit, was recognized Wednesday by the Golf Writers Association of America for outstanding contributions to golf.
In winning the William D. Richardson Award, Whan, 54, was lauded for increasing the LPGA’s number of tournaments and prize money, from 23 events and $40 million in purses, to 34 tournaments worth $75 million-plus this year. He also doubled the tour’s TV coverage and introduced the LPGA’s season-long points championship. Whan increased tournaments and pay on the tour’s developmental circuit, and he expanded membership among LPGA teachers and in LPGA-USGA Girls’ Golf. The GWAA’s other award winners: Patrick Cantlay, Ben Hogan Award, to a player who has overcome a physical handicap or serious injury to remain active in golf; Adam Scott, the ASAP Sports/Jim Murray Award, to a player for his or her working relationship with the media.