Ex-LPGA commish Votaw becomes PGA Tour exec

Updated: January 16, 2006, 7:10 PM ET
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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Former LPGA commissioner Ty Votaw has been named to the newly created position of PGA Tour executive vice president of international affairs.

The announcement was made Monday by PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem.

"I'm very excited about the opportunity," Votaw said. "I'm looking forward to contributing to the global success that everyone at the PGA Tour has had a hand in creating over the past several years."

Votaw became the LPGA's second-youngest commissioner in 1999 at age 37. One of his biggest accomplishments was the development of the LPGA's "Fan First" strategic business plan, designed to enhance the fan experience and increase the marketability of the association and its players. The plan produced significant increases in tournament attendance, television viewership and economic opportunities for LPGA players.

"Ty brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the Tour and is widely regarded as a true leader in the golf industry," Finchem said. "He did a great job of leading the LPGA to record purses, unprecedented television coverage and evaluating the LPGA's profile.

"We are very fortunate to add someone of Ty's caliber to the PGA Tour's executive staff as we continue to strengthen the Tour's profile in the global sports marketplace," Finchem said.

Votaw has also served on a number of golf industry boards, including the World Golf Foundation.