The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) is one of the longest-running women’s professional sports associations in the world. Founded in 1950, the organization has grown from its roots as a playing tour into a non-profit organization involved in every facet of golf. The LPGA Tour and the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals comprise the backbone of what has become the premier women’s professional sports organization in the world today. The LPGA maintains a strong focus on charity through: its tournaments; its grassroots junior and women’s programs; and the formation of The LPGA Foundation. The LPGA is under the guidance of Commissioner Michael Whan and is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Tournament Golf Foundation
It was 1972; Portland had been without professional tour golf for several years. Elon Ellis wanted to bring it back. He gathered a group of fellow businessmen together; formed Tournament Golf Inc, and later that year the LPGA had another home on its tour. Now in its 46th year, Tournament Golf Inc. is now Tournament Golf Foundation (TGF), a non-profit organization that is the managing organizer of the Portland Classic. The tournament has become the largest annual professional golf event in the Pacific Northwest. Since 1972 TGF has generated more than $18 million for local Portland charities.
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Portland Classic Management
- Tom Maletis
- General Chairman
- Don Oseey
- Rob Neal
- Executive Director
- Gary Bernet
- Director, Operations
- Jeanne Dahl
- Director, Administrative Services
- Suzanne Johansen
- Director, Sponsor Relations & Event Services
- Madison Perry
- Volunteer Coordinator
- Brad Nosler
- Senior Director, Sponsorship Development
- Michael Eaton
- Director, Sponsorship Development
- Dan Casey
- Director, TWIST & Sponsorship Development