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PGA of America names Seth Waugh as new CEO

Webb Simpson, right, and Deutsche Bank Americas CEO

Webb Simpson, right, and Deutsche Bank Americas CEO Seth Waugh pose with the trophy after the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass., on Sept. 5, 2011. Waugh is taking over as CEO of the PGA of America. Credit: AP/Michael Dwyer

Seth Waugh, the former chief executive officer of Deutsche Bank Americas who became a golf nut while playing and practicing at Long Island clubs, was named CEO of the PGA of America. He will take over on Sept. 24 and will lead the organization as it heads into the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black next May.

Waugh, 60, a lifelong sports enthusiast, has been co-owner of the Long Island Ducks since 2010. He is a member at the National Golf Links of America, Westhampton Country Club and Deepdale Golf Club. Among his high-profile efforts to enhance the Deutsche Bank brand was a decision to be the title sponsor of a Boston-based PGA Tour event.

“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,” said the executive, whose son Clancy was a 2011 Long Island Amateur finalist and has since turned pro.

In his new job, Waugh will be in charge of an organization that represents nearly 29,000 club pros and runs the PGA Championship and the American side of the Ryder Cup. He succeeds Pete Bevacqua, who left to take an executive position with NBC Sports Group.

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