Mike Stevens Set to Step Down as Champions Tour President
By Community | October 17, 2014
The PGA TOUR announced today that Champions Tour President Mike Stevens is leaving the PGA TOUR effective Jan. 1, 2015.
It was also announced that Greg McLaughlin, currently Senior Vice President of PGA TOUR Championship Management, is transitioning into the role.
Now 56 years old, Stevens felt that after a 35-year career in professional golf, both as a Tournament Director at the RBC Heritage and Senior Executive roles at the PGA TOUR, the time was right to make a change and tendered his resignation this week.
“Mike has done an exemplary job in leading the Champions Tour since 2008. Mike brought fresh ideas and enthusiasm for the Champions Tour and we are grateful for all of his contributions and wish him all the best as he transitions into the next phase of his life,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem.
“We are extremely pleased to have someone of Greg’s quality to step into the role,” added Finchem. “Greg brings great experience, as both a tournament director and administrator. This perspective will ensure future growth and success of the Champions Tour.”
“I’ve had a great 35-year career in professional golf, first as Tournament Director at the RBC Heritage and then serving in an executive role with the PGA TOUR,” Stevens said. “Having said that, I just feel the time is right to pursue other opportunities.
“I have had the privilege to work with a dedicated staff on the Champions Tour and take great pride in the growth we have achieved. I firmly believe the Champions Tour is well positioned for the future. I would like to thank Commissioner Finchem, Ed Moorhouse and Charlie Zink for the opportunities they’ve given me and their support throughout my career. It’s been an honor to have worked at the PGA TOUR.
“I look forward to working with Greg McLaughlin for the remainder of the year and I am confident that he will be able to continue the important initiatives that the Champions Tour team has developed over the last seven years.”
McLaughlin joined the PGA TOUR in June, 2014 after serving as President and CEO of the Tiger Woods Foundation for 14 years. In addition to running the Foundation, McLaughlin oversaw the three tournaments run by the organization – Quicken Loans National, Deutsche Bank Championship and the Hero World Challenge.
Prior to joining the Tiger Woods Foundation in 2000, McLaughlin was the Tournament Director at the Northern Trust Open, The Honda Classic and BMW Championship.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the players and staff of the Champions Tour to continue to help grow this unique and exciting tour,” said McLaughlin. “Mike has done a wonderful job over the past seven years and I look forward to continuing those efforts in growing the Champions Tour.”