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PGA Chief to retire in 2006

PGA of America Chief Executive Officer Jim L. Awtrey, the first PGA member to be hired as the Association's chief executive, announced he will retire from the position in 2006.

Awtrey has led the PGA's staff since 1987. Incoming PGA President Roger Warren announced the engagement of Spencer-Stuart to assist the association in its search and explained that Awtrey will be involved in the transition.

"Early in 2006 will mark my 20th year with the PGA and, while this was not an easy decision, it is the proper decision and the proper time," said Awtrey, who informed the PGA Board of Directors Saturday morning during the association's annual meeting.

"Jim Awtrey has directed the association's rise in stature and resources and will leave an indelible mark on the PGA of America," said Warren. "We are pleased to have him involved over the next two years as we implement this transition in our staff leadership."

Headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., The PGA of America, founded in 1916, is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the game of golf while continuing to enhance the standards of the profession. The association is comprised of more than 28,000 men and women PGA professionals who are dedicated to growing participation in the game of golf.

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