Ted Bishop was ousted as president of the PGA of America.
Late last week the PGA of America impeached its President, Ted Bishop, for comments made on Twitter and Facebook.
The PGA of America and the USGA are the keepers of golf in the United States and they take their role very seriously, maybe even too much so.
They are typical bureaucratic institutions with rigid rules and procedures. One does not dare to be seen in public without one’s sport coat or tan pants.
Ted Bishop assumed the presidency of the 27,000-member PGA of America after being a PGA Professional for many years and had served in various capacities inside the organization.
One does not ascend to the head of one of the largest golf institutions in the world without serving that body for some time.
The PGA of America with Ted Bishop as its President presided over several major issues in golf over the past two years.
The PGA of America with Ted Bishop leading from the front questioned The R&A and the USGA in the banning of the anchored putter in 2016. They were unsuccessful in their efforts, but raised several worthwhile arguments to the belly putter discussion.
Bishop's Twitter comment to Ian Poulter defending Nick Faldo.
The PGA of America assumed a major role in the Drive, Chip and Putt competition sponsored by Augusta National and conducts all of the qualifying tournaments for boys and girls around the country.
It was Ted Bishop along with PGA of America CEO, Pete Bevacqua on the stage with LPGA Tour Commissioner, Michael Whan and the president of KPMG when the new, KPMG Women’s PGA Championship was announced to the public with the largest purse in women’s golf.
Ted Bishop is not a sexist. He is 60 years old and has a much different view of the world than the normal Twitter or Facebook user.
He has two daughters that are actively involved in the golf industry and is a grandfather that understands the differences between boys and girls.
When he was growing up he heard things like, be a man, don’t act like a little girl, and you are throwing like a girl.
I’m sure he even admonishes his grandchildren with the same style of tough love when trying to teach them a certain skill or sport.
It is not meant to be sexist or demeaning in any way, it’s simply what he learned from his parents. Social Media makes the world a much different place than small-town Indiana, where Bishop hails from.
The “Gender Gap” does exist and is most noticeable in everyday conversations on social media outlets.
The comments Ted Bishop made on Twitter and Facebook aimed at Ian Poulter, while the president of the PGA of America, were wrong, by today’s politically correct standards.
They were never meant to be sexist or blown completely out of proportion as they were by over-sensitive media.
He admitted on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive in an interview on Tuesday that he is completely off both Twitter and Facebook for good.
Everyone needs to learn a valuable lesson from Mr. Bishop pertaining to correct use of social media.
Think twice, hit send once, or better yet, not at all.