Protecting Its ‘Brand and Reputation’, PGA of America Cancels Plans to Host 2022 PGA Championships at Trump National

The Associated Press has reported that the PGA of America, the organization representing golf’s teaching professionals, has opted out of its plans to host the 2022 PGA Championships at Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey.

“We find ourselves in a political situation not of our making,” Seth Waugh, the CEO of the PGA of America, told the wire service. “We’re fiduciaries for our members, for the game, for our mission and for our brand. And how do we best protect that? Our feeling was given the tragic events of Wednesday that we could no longer hold it at Bedminster. The damage could have been irreparable. The only real course of action was to leave.”

Waugh elaborated: “Our decision wasn’t about speed and timing,” Waugh said. “What matters most to our board and leadership is protecting our brand and reputation, and the ability for our members to lead the growth of the game, which they do through so many powerful programs in their communities.”

The full story, including the club’s response can be viewed here:

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