In July of 2003, Suzy Whaley was the first woman to qualify and participate in a PGA Tour event in 58 years. Babe Zaharias was the only other woman to have ever qualified. was only the third woman to ever to compete on the PGA Tour. In winning, Suzy was the first woman to win any PGA individual professional tournament, anywhere, since 1994, when the PGA established the opportunity for women to compete against the men. Little did Suzy realize, after she signed her scorecard, how much impact her victory would have on the game of golf and millions of people. The public’s attention was primarily focused on the exemption she earned into the PGA Tour’s Greater Hartford Open that is annually awarded to the section champion. The interest continued with her courageous decision to play, and then followed with her successful and engaging performance at the GHO.
As a result of Suzy’s victory extensive media coverage was generated across the United States as well as Japan, Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada. Since her victory Suzy has granted over 2000 interviews worldwide. She has been featured on CBS Sports, Good Morning America, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, CNN, ESPN, CBS The Early Show, NBC Nightly News, NBC’S George Michael Sports Machine, The Associated Press, ESPN’S The Dan Patrick Show, Fox National Sports Radio, All Things Considered, The Golf Channel, and in numerous papers across the country. This coverage resulted in millions of impressions worldwide promoting the game of golf.
As a teacher of the game, Suzy’s mentor is Jim Flick. She worked for Jim for seven years and still continues to learn from him. She has been a guest on Golf Academy live numerous times. She also ghosted the State Farms Series golf tips for ESPN and a series of tips for local television in Connecticut. Her golf articles have appeared in Golf Digest, Golf , and Golf for Women. is the National Spokesperson for this year’s American Express Women’s Golf Week and can be seen at LPGA events for ESPN. Her teaching awards include, top teacher honors in CT by Golf Digest Magazine, a top 50 teacher for Golf for Women magazine, nominated for Golf Magazine’s top 100 teacher list and 2007 PGA Teacher of the Year honors in the CT Section.
Suzy is actively involved in her profession.She is currently a member of the PGA of America’s National Instruction committee and the National Diversity committee. She is also a member of the EWGA’s Board of Directors for their Foundation. Currently, and for the past two years, Suzy is serving as a member of the Connecticut PGA section Board of Directors.
Suzy was born in Cherry Hill, N.J. but spent much of her young life with her family in Syracuse, N.Y. Her mother, an avid golfer, started Suzy playing golf at the age of nine. was the New York State Junior Golf Champion but her real love was ski racing. was on the Olympic Developmental Team by the age of 12 and went away to a ski-racing academy to pursue her dreams of competing in the Olympics. She was hurt in a downhill in 1983 and chose to then focus on her golf. Her college days were spent at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received a full four-year athletic scholarship. graduated from Chapel Hill with a degree in Economics in 1989.
Suzy earned her LPGA Tour status immediately after completing college. She played on the LPGA Tour for two years before starting a family. In 1991, Suzy married Bill Whaley, golf professional and Suzy’s coach. Bill is a Regional Director of Operations for the PGA Tour and is the General Manager and the Director of Golf at the TPC at River Highlands. They have two daughters, Jenn 13 and Kelly 10, and currently live in Farmington, CT.