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Golf-LPGA names Marcoux Samaan as new commissioner

(Reuters) – The LPGA has named Mollie Marcoux Samaan its new commissioner, succeeding Mike Whan, the governing physique of ladies’s golf introduced on Tuesday.

Marcoux Samaan, who’s presently athletics director at Princeton University, is the LPGA’s ninth commissioner since its formation in 1950.

“The LPGA Commissioner role is one of the best jobs in sports today and the opportunity of a lifetime,” Marcoux Samaan stated in a press release. “I’m passionate about the game of golf and have been an LPGA fan since I was a little girl.

“I’m excited to dive into the LPGA initiatives to affect ladies and ladies within the recreation at all ages and talent. And to study and contribute to all facets of the LPGA’s enterprise.

“In this moment in time – with the positive energy around women’s sports, women’s leadership and society’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion – I believe the LPGA has an incredible opportunity to use our platform for positive change.”

Marcoux Samaan represented Princeton in each soccer and ice hockey.

After graduating in 1991, she served as assistant athletic director, assistant dean of admissions, and coach of ladies’ ice hockey and soccer on the Lawrenceville School.

She rejoined Princeton as athletics director in 2014 and the college’s groups received a league-leading 65 Ivy League Championships throughout her tenure.

Whan, who notified the LPGA board late final yr that he would step down in 2021, was lately introduced as the subsequent CEO of the United States Golf Association.

(Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru, enhancing by Pritha Sarkar)

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