David Kohler named Ryder Cup general chair

KOHLER – The PGA of Amer- ica and the Kohler Co. announced last week the appointment of Herb and Natalie Kohler as honorary chairs and David Kohler as general chair of the 2020 Ryder Cup.

The 2020 Ryder Cup will be held at Whistling Straits, the first United States public-access course since 1991 to host golf’s most compelling event. It brings together the finest tour professionals from the United States and Europe in match play competition.

Destination Kohler has hosted six Major Championships in the last 18 years, the most of any resort or venue in the world dur- ing that span of time. The PGA of America has conducted three memorable PGA Championships at Whistling Straits. The 2004 and 2015 championships established at the time respective benchmarks for highest ticket and corporate hospitality sales in PGA Championship history.

“I am honored to serve as the General Chair,” said David Kohler, president and CEO of Kohler Co. “There isn’t a more challenging and intimidating venue than Whistling Straits.

“My father, Herb Kohler, and designer, Pete Dye, created a masterpiece that will provide an incredible backdrop to the world’s premiere golf event. We are thrilled to serve as host site, and again share with the world the remarkable passion for golf that exists, not only in Wisconsin, but throughout the United States.”

Supporting David Kohler will be several thousand volunteers and a team of seasoned professionals. Michael Belot, General Manager of Hospitality Development, Clubs and Golf Majors, will serve as Vice Chair of the 2020 Ryder Cup, as he did for the 2015 PGA Championship. During previous employment with the PGA of America, Belot was Director of the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club in Chicago, Ill.

The top leadership team will also include Jim Richerson, general manager and group director of Kohler Golf, past member of the PGA of America Board of Directors, who was recently named Wisconsin PGA Professional of the Year.

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