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Ty Votaw, JD Biography

Former Executive Vice President of Communications & International Affairs for the PGA Tour
Pro to the question "Is Golf a Sport?"

“We are elated that the IOC membership has accepted golf as an Olympic sport, and look forward to seeing the world’s best golfers compete for gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro… We strongly believed that golf deserved to be added to the Olympic Program and felt that we presented a compelling case to the IOC… We also stressed the universal nature of golf, with 60 million people playing the sport in more than 120 countries.”

Press release, “Golf Approved For 2016 Olympic Program On Vote By International Olympic Committee Membership,”, Oct. 9, 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Former Executive Vice President of Communications & International Affairs, Professional Golf Association (PGA) Tour, 2006
  • Executive Director, International Golf Federation Olympic Golf Committee, 2008-2009

  • Commissioner of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), 1999-2005
  • General counsel, LPGA, 1991-1999
  • Former lawyer, Taft, Stettinius & Hollister
  • Education:
  • JD, cum laude, University of North Carolina, 1987
  • BSJ (Bachelor of Science in Journalism), summa cum laude, Ohio University, 1984
  • Other:
  • Born and raised in Greenford, OH
  • Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Is Golf a Sport?