By Arielle Alpino for The Island Connection
The PGA of America has named Ryan Ogle as the new championship director for the 2021 PGA Championship, scheduled for May 17 through May 23 at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.
Ogle joined the PGA of America in 2012 and most recently served as championship director for the 2016, 2018 and 2020 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championships in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
In that role, he was responsible for the strategic planning, development and execution of the most historic and prestigious championship in senior golf.
Prior to being named championship director, Ogle held volunteer operations and finance manager roles for the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship and worked in corporate hospitality at the 2012 Ryder Cup.
“We are excited for Ryan to continue the positive momentum at Kiawah for what will be a memorable 2021 PGA Championship,” said David Charles, PGA of America senior director of championships. “Ryan’s experience and expertise are ideal fits not only for our PGA Championship team already in place but for our partners at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort.”
A native of Norman, Oklahoma, Ogle’s sports business career spans a decade and includes experience working in multiple facets of national and global sporting events and fostering relationships with sponsors, community partners, suppliers and the media.
Ogle’s predecessor, Scott Reid, announced his departure from the PGA of America in July in order to pursue an opportunity at a sports and lifestyle marketing agency.
“I’m looking forward to joining the 2021 PGA Championship team in Charleston and can’t wait to get involved with the local community,” said Ogle.
“I’ve heard so many great things about the area, and I’m excited for my family to call the Lowcountry our new home.
Scott Reid and the championship staff have done exceptional work to position next year’s championship as a standout occasion for the PGA of America, and I’m ready to use my experience in championship operations to take this highly anticipated event to the finish line.”
Ogle is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, where he received a degree in business administration.
The PGA Championship, the only all-professional major in men’s golf, features 156 players competing annually for the Wanamaker Trophy, one of golf’s most prized possessions. The event was launched in 1916, just a few months after the birth of the PGA of America.