SPRINGFIELD, NJ (May 19, 2015) – Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey, will host the 98th PGA Championship, July 25-31, 2016. Planning is in high gear already, with Ryan Cannon serving as Championship Director.
As the 2016 PGA Championship Director, Cannon, whose assignment at Baltusrol began in 2013, is responsible for managing the regional business of the Championship, including marketing, advertising, community and government relations, security, volunteer recruitment and the PGA’s relationship with Baltusrol Golf Club.
Cannon is an experienced executive who has managed several other PGA of America championships. He was Championship Director of the 2013 PGA Championship at Oak Hill in Rochester, N.Y.; the 2011 PGA Championship at Atlantic Athletic Club; and the 2008 PGA Championship at Oakland Hills outside of Detroit. Cannon began working with the PGA of America as the Operations Coordinator of the 2001 PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club. He was also the Operations Manager for the 2004 Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills.
“I am excited to be a part of the second PGA Championship to take place at historic Baltusrol Golf Club in this tremendous golf market,” said Cannon. “We look forward to continuing our work with the Club and the community to present a world class sporting event and the best in championship golf.”
Joining Cannon on the 2016 PGA Championship executive team is Rick Jenkins, who was previously announced as General Chairman by Baltusrol Golf Club. Jenkins served six years on the Board of Governors at Baltusrol, including tenures as Green Chair and Communications Chair, and is a third generation member. He has extensive experience in the golf business, having worked at the New Jersey State Golf Association as director of marketing, communications and sponsorships, and managing his own digital media golf business.
As General Chairman of the 2016 PGA Championship, Jenkins oversees the Championship on behalf of Baltusrol Golf Club and its members, working closely with Cannon and his staff and acting as the liaison to the Club’s Board of Governors.
“The PGA Championship is a truly prestigious event with a tremendous legacy, and we are thrilled once again to host it at Baltusrol,” said Jenkins. “I am honored to have this role that allows me to collaborate with Ryan and his outstanding team to create a great Championship.”
About the PGA Championship
The PGA Championship features one of the deepest international fields in golf, the fairest setup, the only all-professional field among golf’s majors, and where golf enthusiasts also are embraced as part of the event. Since 1916, golf’s best professionals have won the PGA Championship; from Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead and Byron Nelson; to Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy. For more information, visit PGAChampionship.com
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About Baltusrol Golf Club
Baltusrol Golf Club, synonymous with championship golf, sits at the base of Baltusrol Mountain in Springfield, New Jersey, only a stone’s throw from New York City. With a rich heritage that dates back to 1895, Baltusrol is considered one of the country’s premier golf clubs. Its two championship courses, the Lower and Upper, have played distinguished roles on the national golf stage since their creation by Golden Age architect A.W. Tillinghast. Over its 120-year history, Baltusrol has hosted 16 major championships, with the PGA Championship returning for the second time in July 2016. Recognizing its historical significance and place in the world of golf, the National Park Service recently designated Baltusrol a National Historic Landmark.