The Western Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Executive Committee has named Handicap Director Terry Teasdale as the new WPGA Executive Director. He will replace retiring Executive Director Jeff Rivard on January 1.
“I am excited and humbled to be named Executive Director of this organization,” Teasdale said. “I have had the privilege of serving the game of golf in this region for nearly eighteen years and feel very fortunate for this opportunity. I very much look forward to working with our volunteers and committees as the Association moves forward.”
Teasdale began employment with the Association in 1997 in the newly created position of Handicap Director. He previously worked at Shannopin Country Club in Pittsburgh. Among his duties was working closely with the club’s handicap program.
Since Teasdale began his tenure as Handicap Director, the Association has doubled its Member Clubs and number of golfers with a Handicap Index. He has served on numerous USGA committees related to handicapping including Handicap, Handicap Procedures, GHIN Services and USGA Handicap Manual Drafting. The Association has won several USGA service and growth awards during Teasdale’s tenure related to the USGA’s Golf Handicap & Information Network (GHIN). As Handicap Director, he has led the entire program including certification and licensing of Member Clubs, course rating and club relations, and he designed and implemented the Association’s hardware program.
“I would not be here without the tutelage of Jeff Rivard,” Teasdale said. “He brought me into golf administration, and he has taught me not only dedicated service to the game but the business of golf. For this I am truly grateful.”
Additionally, he has performed duties in championships, committee management and support, financial management, junior golf, and implemented several technology initiatives including data base management, communications, presentations at workshops and seminars, social media platforms, and authorship of the Association’s web-site. He has also worked closely with the Women’s Golf Association of Western Pennsylvania in championship administration.
A native of Meadville, he and his twin brother Eric, the golf professional at Shannopin, led the Meadville Area High School golf team. Teasdale holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Pittsburgh. Teasdale will be the Association’s fifth Executive Director. He has been preceded by Clarence “Buddy” Overend, James Potts, Albert J. Luppino, and Jeff Rivard.