New PGA president has major plans for Bethpage Black
Ted Bishop, the new president of the PGA of America, said Tuesday that one of his goals in office is to bring the PGA Championship and / or the Ryder Cup to Bethpage Black.
"We've just got some things to sort out with some dates in the future, but there is no decline in my interest," said Bishop, who took office last month. He and new chief executive officer Peter Bevacqua are in New York to name the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup captain Thursday.
"Honestly, I would have to tell you that if you asked me my goal for the next couple of years, it would be to make some kind of an announcement that something is going to happen at Bethpage," Bishop said.
Bevacqua, a New York native and former executive with the U.S. Golf Association, is just as emphatic about the Bethpage effort. "It has a special place in my heart," he said. "I grew up playing there with my dad. I've probably played the course well over 100 times. Then to have been so involved with the '02 and '09 U.S. Opens, I know it's a wonderful place."
The Ryder Cup captaincy is a major decision, especially coming off the Americans' excruciating loss at Medinah in September. Bishop praised Davis Love III, saying the U.S. team could not have had a better captain. He added that the choice of a new captain was based not on the golfer's playing history but his leadership potential. "We are tired of losing," the new president said.