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Editorial: Franklin golf official to lead PGA of America

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Ted Bishop is no stranger to Daily Journal readers. His reports from major golf tournaments such as the Masters and the British Open have given Johnson County residents unique insights into professional golfers and the game itself.

Many of his reports have been a result of his travels during two years as secretary and then vice president of The PGA of America.

Now they can look forward to more such stories as Bishop was elected the group’s 38th president during its recent annual meeting in Baltimore.

Bishop, 56, the general manager and director of golf at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin, has played a key role in the organization of the Indiana Golf Foundation. His efforts in the early 1990s helped establish the Indiana Golf Academy and the expansion of the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame. The Legends Golf Club is home of the Indiana PGA Section and Indiana Golf Association.

After graduating from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in agronomy in 1976, Bishop began his professional career as a PGA pro and superintendent at the Phil Harris Golf Course in Linton. He was elected to PGA membership in September 1985 and has served in a leadership capacity at either the section of national levels since 1989.

From 1997-98, he served as president of the Indiana PGA Section. He served as District 6 director on the PGA board of directors and since 1991 has worked as general manager and PGA director of golf at The Legends.

Bishop has served on the PGA board of directors since 2006 and served on the PGA board of control from 2002-05. As PGA vice president, he oversaw the finances of The PGA of America. He also was chairman of both the PGA budget and finance committees and is a past chair of the PGA Code of Ethics Task Force.

He also is a two-time (1996-97) Section Bill Strausbaugh Award recipient and was the Section 1991 Horton Smith Award winner.

Derek Sprague, who is the PGA of America’s new vice president, said, “Ted is just an outstanding PGA professional and an outstanding leader. He always wants to make sure everyone is fully involved before making his decision. Ted has no personal agenda on any issue. That’s one of his strongest qualities.”

Before the ceremony, Bishop said, “You prepare yourself for this. I can’t wait. It’s the most exciting time in decades for the PGA. ... This is the most exciting time to be going into my position. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Bishop’s election as president of The PGA of America is a singular honor and a clear reflection of his contributions to the game of golf, especially as it is conferred by his peers. We congratulate him on this special honor.

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